17 days in Canada Itinerary

17 days in Canada Itinerary

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17 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Toronto
ferry + Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Ottawa
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
2
Banff National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
3
Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Vancouver
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Moose Jaw
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Winnipeg
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Toronto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Toronto

1
night
Ottawa

Ottawa ©
A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Parliament Hill and Buildings and then grab your bike and head to Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway. On your second day here, hike along Rideau Canal, then wander the streets of ByWard Market, then see the interesting displays at National Gallery of Canada, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ottawa tour builder website .

Toronto to Ottawa is an approximately 3-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also fly; or drive. July in Ottawa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Ottawa

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Parliament Hill and Buildings ©
Parliament Hill and Buildings
Notre Dame Basilica ©
Notre Dame Basilica
National Gallery of Canada ©
National Gallery of Canada

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Plain of Six Glaciers and Canmore Cave Tours. Visit Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Burgess Shale for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Banff National Park: Yoho National Park (Takakkaw Falls, Iceline Trail, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Johnston Canyon, stroll through Peyto Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Agnes, and take a memorable drive along Icefields Parkway.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Banff National Park trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ottawa to Banff National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ottawa to Banff National Park. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in July; daily highs in Banff National Park reach 25°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yoho National Park, Canmore Cave Tours
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ©
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Plain of Six Glaciers ©
Plain of Six Glaciers
Takakkaw Falls ©
Takakkaw Falls

2
nights
Victoria, Vancouver Island

Victoria ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites and Craigdarroch Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Government House and Miniature World. Change things up with these side-trips from Victoria: Sooke (Fishing Charters & Tours & Sooke Potholes Provincial Park). There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, and step into the grandiose world of Hatley Park National Historic Site.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Victoria day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Banff National Park to Victoria in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Victoria when traveling from Banff National Park in July, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Vancouver.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Central Saanich, Sooke, Colwood
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The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
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.
On the 14th (Sun), walk around Stanley Park, explore the activities along English Bay, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Granville Island. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kitsilano Beach, explore the striking landscape of Shannon Falls Provincial Park, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally take a stroll through Gastown.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vancouver travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Victoria to Vancouver takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Victoria in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Vancouver: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Moose Jaw.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Shannon Falls Provincial Park
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Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Shannon Falls Provincial Park ©
Shannon Falls Provincial Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
day
Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw ©
Moose Jaw is a city in south-central Saskatchewan, Canada, on the Moose Jaw River. On the 16th (Tue), enjoy some diversion at Squirrely Putt & Play, see the interesting displays at Western Development Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Tunnels of Moose Jaw.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Moose Jaw itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Vancouver to Moose Jaw takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Moose Jaw, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Winnipeg.

Things to do in Moose Jaw

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Tunnels of Moose Jaw ©
Tunnels of Moose Jaw
Western Development Museum ©
Western Development Museum
Squirrely Putt & Play ©
Squirrely Putt & Play

1
night
Winnipeg

Winnipeg ©
At the confluence of two rivers, Winnipeg started out as a small trading post in an area inhabited by indigenous tribes for thousands of years before the European arrival.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Assiniboine Park, shop like a local with Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, then contemplate the long history of The Forks National Historic Site, then see the sky in a new way at Manitoba Museum, and finally examine the collection at Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Winnipeg tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Moose Jaw to Winnipeg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Moose Jaw in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Winnipeg, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Winnipeg

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Canadian Museum for Human Rights ©
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The Forks National Historic Site ©
The Forks National Historic Site
Leo Mol Sculpture Garden ©
Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

1
night
Toronto

Toronto
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
On the 18th (Thu), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada, enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower, see the interesting displays at Royal Ontario Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Casa Loma, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Michael's Cathedral Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Steam Whistle Brewery, then wander the streets of The Distillery District, then examine the collection at Hockey Hall of Fame, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Toronto trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Winnipeg to Toronto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Winnipeg to Toronto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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CN Tower
CN Tower
The Distillery District ©
The Distillery District
Casa Loma ©
Casa Loma

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Journey Behind the Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Horseshoe Falls, then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls, then do a tasting at Peller Estates Winery, and finally do a tasting at Konzelmann Estate Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Niagara Glen Nature Areas, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, then appreciate the extensive heritage of White Water Walk, and finally do a tasting at Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Niagara Falls online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Toronto to Niagara Falls in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. July in Niagara Falls sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Horseshoe Falls ©
Horseshoe Falls
Konzelmann Estate Winery ©
Konzelmann Estate Winery
Niagara Glen Nature Areas ©
Niagara Glen Nature Areas

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