12 days in Canada Itinerary

12 days in Canada Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Canada trip itinerary planner

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— 2 nights
Fly to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Ferry to Toronto
— 2 nights
Banff National Park
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Quebec's Metropolis

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre-Dame Basilica, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Basilica. On the next day, take a stroll through Quartier des spectacles, take in the history at Place Jacques-Cartier, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, and finally examine the collection at Barbie Expo.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Montreal online journey planner.

Miami, USA to Montreal is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, Montreal is slightly colder than Miami - with highs of 78°F and lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Montreal

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Neighborhoods
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New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Explore hidden gems such as Hockey Hall of Fame and Steam Whistle Brewery. Get a sense of the local culture at Casa Loma and Art Gallery of Ontario. There's lots more to do: visit Toronto Harbour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the streets of The Beach Village, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Distillery District.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Toronto road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Montreal to Toronto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
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Banff National Park

— 2 nights
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 14th (Sun), trek along Ink Pots Hiking Trail, then examine the collection at Banff Park Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Cascade Gardens. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Banff Avenue, see the interesting displays at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, then trek along Fenland Trail, and finally trek along Tunnel Mountain Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Banff National Park online vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Toronto to Banff National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Banff National Park. When traveling from Toronto in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Banff National Park, with highs around 69°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums
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— 2 nights

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
On the 16th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Calgary Pathway System, browse the different shops at CrossIron Mills, then explore the activities along Bow River, and finally step off the mainland to explore Prince's Island Park. Keep things going the next day: walk around Fish Creek Provincial Park, examine the collection at Gasoline Alley Museum, then learn about all things military at The Military Museums, and finally take a stroll through Stephen Avenue Walk.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Calgary trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Banff National Park to Calgary in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Banff National Park in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 50°F in Calgary. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Vancouver.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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— 3 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): kick back and relax at Kitsilano Beach, wander the streets of Granville Island, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, explore the activities along English Bay, then kick back and relax at Jericho Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spanish Banks, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Vancouver online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Calgary to Vancouver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Calgary to Vancouver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Vancouver, with lows around 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Canada travel guide

Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.