48 days in Canada Itinerary

48 days in Canada Itinerary

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Fly to Burlington, Bus to Montreal
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Montreal
— 5 nights
Drive
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Quebec City
— 5 nights
Fly
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Ottawa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vancouver
— 6 nights
Drive
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Whistler
— 3 nights
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Drive to Tsawwassen, Ferry to Swartz Bay, Drive to Victoria
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Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Banff National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Jasper National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Calgary
— 4 nights
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Toronto
— 5 nights
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Montreal

— 5 nights

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.
Step out of Montreal to go to Arundel and see Alaskan Adventure Dog Sledding, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Notre-Dame Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, browse the fresh offerings at Jean-Talon Market, and take an in-depth tour of Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Montreal is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. In December, Montreal is colder than Johannesburg - with highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Quebec City.

Things to do in Montreal

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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Quebec City

— 5 nights
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.
Take a break from Quebec City with a short trip to Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre in Sainte Anne de Beaupre, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quebec, admire the landmark architecture of Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec (MNBAQ), brush up on your military savvy at La Citadelle de Quebec, and immerse yourself in nature at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Quebec City road trip planning app.

Drive from Montreal to Quebec City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Ottawa.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Ottawa

— 3 nights

Silicon Valley North

A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Change things up with a short trip to Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Hill and Buildings, take a stroll through ByWard Market, engage your brain at Canadian Museum of Nature, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ottawa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Quebec City to Ottawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Ottawa are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Vancouver.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Vancouver

— 6 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.
On the 28th (Tue), spend a day ambling around Stanley Park. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, take in nature's colorful creations at VanDusen Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kitsilano Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grouse Mountain.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Vancouver trip maker.

You can fly from Ottawa to Vancouver in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Vancouver is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in December: high temperatures in Vancouver hover around 7°C and lows are around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Whistler.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 1:

Whistler

— 3 nights
Home to one of the largest ski areas in North America, former logging town of Whistler provides activities and entertainment for avid nature lovers and adrenaline seekers.
When in Whistler, make a side trip to see Backcountry Snowcats Ltd in Mount Currie, approximately Mount Currie away. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews and tourist information, go to the Whistler online travel planner.

You can drive from Vancouver to Whistler in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Vancouver in January, things will get a bit cooler in Whistler: highs are around 1°C and lows about -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Whistler

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Victoria, Vancouver Island

— 3 nights

Garden City

Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Victoria is known for museums, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of The Butchart Gardens, explore the engaging exhibits at Miniature World, stroll around Beacon Hill Park, and step into the grandiose world of Craigdarroch Castle.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Victoria visit planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Whistler to Victoria in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, Victoria is somewhat warmer than Whistler - with highs of 8°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Banff National Park

— 6 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.
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For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Banff National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Victoria to Banff National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Victoria in January, with highs in Banff National Park at -7°C and lows at -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:

Jasper National Park

— 6 nights
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, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Summit Massage Therapy and Wellness, stroll through Marmot Basin Ski Area, head outdoors with Old Fort Point, and see what you can catch with On-Line Sport & Tackle.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jasper National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Banff National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Jasper National Park, ranging from highs of -1°C to lows of -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Calgary.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:

Calgary

— 4 nights

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Step out of Calgary to go to Cochrane and see Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, which is approximately 44 minutes away. On the 23rd (Sun), spend a day ambling around Heritage Park Historical Village. There's much more to do: walk around Spruce Meadows, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Calgary Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Calgary Tower, and look for gifts at Silk Road Spice Merchant.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Calgary trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Jasper National Park to Calgary takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Calgary can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Toronto.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

Toronto

— 5 nights

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.
Toronto is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Distillery District, explore the historical opulence of Casa Loma, take in nature's colorful creations at Allan Gardens Conservatory, and take in panoramic vistas at CN Tower.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Toronto driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Calgary to Toronto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Toronto is 2 hours. Traveling from Calgary in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Toronto, with lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:

Canada travel guide

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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.