18 days in Canada Itinerary

18 days in Canada Itinerary

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18 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Montreal
1
Montreal
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Quebec City
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
3
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Toronto
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Vancouver
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Central Saanich, Vancouver Island
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
7
Jasper National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
8
Banff National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
9
St. John's
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Montreal

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Montreal

Montreal ©
Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
On the 5th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Notre-Dame Basilica, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Montreal trip planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Montreal. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Quebec City.

Things to do in Montreal

Historic Sites Museums
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Notre-Dame Basilica ©
Notre-Dame Basilica
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal ©
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal

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nights
Quebec City

Quebec City ©
With a World Heritage-listed old town, Quebec City remains a walkable and safe hub of culture, commerce, and education offering a blend of fascinating history and a range of tourist-oriented activities.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): wander the streets of Terrasse Dufferin and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quebec. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of La Citadelle de Quebec and then take in the dramatic scenery at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Quebec City travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Montreal to Quebec City in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Old Quebec ©
Old Quebec
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency ©
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency
Terrasse Dufferin ©
Terrasse Dufferin

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nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
Indisputably one of the world's most impressive natural sights, Niagara Falls straddle the United States/Canada border, marking the spot at which a thundering river plunges over a major escarpment.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of White Water Walk, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, and then take in panoramic vistas at Skylon Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Horseshoe Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Journey Behind the Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls day trip site .

Do a combination of flight and train from Quebec City to Niagara Falls in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. August in Niagara Falls sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Toronto.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Journey Behind the Falls ©
Journey Behind the Falls

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Toronto

Toronto
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Distillery District, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St James Anglican Cathedral, then enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower, and finally meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Bluffs Tours, then step into the grandiose world of Casa Loma, and then examine the collection at Royal Ontario Museum.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Toronto online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Niagara Falls to Toronto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Toronto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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CN Tower
CN Tower
Casa Loma ©
Casa Loma
Royal Ontario Museum ©
Royal Ontario Museum

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Vancouver

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
On the 12th (Mon), walk around Stanley Park and then explore the striking landscape at Vancouver Seawall. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and then wander the streets of Granville Island.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vancouver itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Toronto to Vancouver takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Vancouver are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Central Saanich.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
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Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park ©
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

1
night
Central Saanich, Vancouver Island

Central Saanich ©
Central Saanich is a district municipality in Greater Victoria and a member municipality of the Capital Regional District. On the 14th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, take in nature's colorful creations at The Butchart Gardens, and then identify plant and animal life at Kerry Park Recreation Centre.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Central Saanich trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Vancouver to Central Saanich in 3 hours. In August in Central Saanich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Central Saanich

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Kerry Park Recreation Centre
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The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Victoria Butterfly Gardens ©
Victoria Butterfly Gardens

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nights
Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park ©
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, sprawling Jasper National Park encompasses more than 10,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi) of largely unspoiled mountain wilderness.
Jasper National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, adventure, trails, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Columbia Ice Field, hike along Mount Edith Cavell Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Jasper National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Central Saanich to Jasper National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Central Saanich to Jasper National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Central Saanich in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Jasper National Park, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Columbia Icefield Skywalk ©
Columbia Icefield Skywalk
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Maligne Canyon ©
Maligne Canyon

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nights
Banff National Park

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
On the 20th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Temple Mountain. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Moraine Lake, stop by Wilsons Mountain Sports, take a memorable drive along Bow Valley Parkway, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park driving holiday website .

Traveling by bus from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Jasper National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Banff National Park, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to St. John's.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Bow Valley Parkway ©
Bow Valley Parkway
Temple Mountain ©
Temple Mountain

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night
St. John's

One of Canada's oldest cities, St.
On the 21st (Wed), contemplate the long history of Signal Hill and then stroll through North Head Trail. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Witless Bay ecological reserve, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the St. John's online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Banff National Park to St. John's takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Banff National Park to St. John's, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Banff National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in St. John's, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. John's

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Witless Bay ecological reserve
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Witless Bay ecological reserve ©
Witless Bay ecological reserve
North Head Trail ©
North Head Trail

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