21 days in Canada Itinerary

21 days in Canada Itinerary

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21 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Calgary
1
Calgary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Sun Peaks
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Golden
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Banff National Park
— 4 nights
shuttle:  2​h 45​min
5
Jasper National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
6
Vancouver
— 4 nights
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Calgary

Calgary ©
Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): work some fitness into your day at Calgary Pathway System, look for all kinds of wild species at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre, and then browse the different shops at Stephen Avenue Walk.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Calgary trip planner .

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major airport is Calgary International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Calgary are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sun Peaks.

Things to do in Calgary

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Stephen Avenue Walk ©
Stephen Avenue Walk

4
nights
Sun Peaks

Sun Peaks ©
Visiting Sun Peaks and Talking Rock Golf Course will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chinook Cove Golf and Adams River Salmon Run. Get out of town with these interesting Sun Peaks side-trips: Celista Estate Winery (in Celista), Pete Murray's Corn Farm (in Chase) and Granite Creek Estate Wines (in Tappen).

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sun Peaks trip itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Calgary to Sun Peaks with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Sun Peaks is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Calgary in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -7°C in Sun Peaks. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Golden.

Things to do in Sun Peaks

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Golf

Side Trips

Chase, Granite Creek Estate Wines, Celista Estate Winery, Chinook Cove Golf, Larch Hills Winery
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
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Sun Peaks ©
Sun Peaks
Adams River Salmon Run ©
Adams River Salmon Run
Chinook Cove Golf ©
Chinook Cove Golf

2
nights
Golden

Golden ©
Shining from its nook in the Rocky Mountain Trench, the town of Golden lives up to its name, with memorable scenery at every turn.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the activities along Columbia River, then identify plant and animal life at Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Whitetooth Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chatter Creek.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Golden sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Sun Peaks to Golden takes 5 hours. Traveling from Sun Peaks to Golden, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sun Peaks in December; daily highs in Golden reach -6°C and lows reach -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Golden

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors
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Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre ©
Chatter Creek ©
Chatter Creek
Columbia River ©
Columbia River

4
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.
Visiting Moraine Lake and Johnston Canyon will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Bow Glacier Falls and Marble Canyon. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Louise, take some stellar pictures from Fairview Lookout, take in the awesome beauty at Big Beehive, and explore and take pictures at Icefields Parkway.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Banff National Park road trip tool .

You can take a bus from Golden to Banff National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Golden in December, expect Banff National Park to be little chillier, temps between -10°C and -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Marble Canyon
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Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Lake Louise ©
Lake Louise
Johnston Canyon ©
Johnston Canyon

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Marmot Basin Ski Area and Athabasca Glacier. Explore hidden gems such as Mount Edith Cavell and Pure Outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon, explore the activities along Moab Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Athabasca Falls, and have a few drinks at Jasper Brewing Company.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jasper National Park driving holiday planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Banff National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jasper National Park: temperatures range from -5°C by day to -18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Mount Edith Cavell ©
Mount Edith Cavell
Sunwapta Falls ©
Sunwapta Falls
Athabasca Glacier ©
Athabasca Glacier

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Granville Island and Grouse Mountain. Get some historical perspective at Fort Langley National Historic Site and Lighthouse Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Deep Cove (in North Vancouver) and George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary (in Delta). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kitsilano Beach, take in the views from Lions Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Gastown, and admire the natural beauty at Bloedel Conservatory.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jasper National Park to Vancouver takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jasper National Park to Vancouver is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Jasper National Park in December, expect nights in Vancouver to be warmer, around 2°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vancouver

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

North Vancouver, Fort Langley National Historic Site, Burnaby Village Museum, Lighthouse Park, George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
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Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Grouse Mountain ©
Grouse Mountain
Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach

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