18 days in Canada & United States Itinerary

18 days in Canada & United States Itinerary

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18 days in Canada & United States Itinerary

Saint Thomas, Canada
Drive:  14​h
Thunder Bay, Canada
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
Winnipeg, Canada
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Regina, Canada
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
Edmonton, Canada
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Banff National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Jasper National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
Vancouver, Canada
— 1 night
helicopter:  45​min
Victoria, Canada
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 30​min
Vancouver, Canada
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Seattle, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Spokane, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  21​h 30​min
Minneapolis, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
Chicago, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
Windsor, Canada
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Saint Thomas, Canada

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Thunder Bay, Canada

Thunder Bay
A welcome breath of civilization for travelers crossing the vast Canadian landscape between the two oceans, Thunder Bay represents a transportation hub linking the country's sprawling agricultural interior with the rest of the world.
On the 4th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Thunder Bay Art Gallery and then steep yourself in history at Fort William Historical Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Thunder Bay trip app .

Saint Thomas to Thunder Bay is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Saint Thomas in October; daily highs in Thunder Bay reach 13°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Winnipeg.

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Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Fort William Historical Park ©
Fort William Historical Park

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Winnipeg, Canada

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.
To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Winnipeg itinerary planner .

You can fly from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg is minus 1 hour. October in Winnipeg sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Regina.

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Saint Boniface Cathedral
Saint Boniface Cathedral

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Regina, Canada

Regina
Named after Queen Victoria, cultured Regina serves as a provincial capital and boasts many manicured parks, which make it a pleasant place to visit throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Legislative Building and then examine the collection at Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Regina road trip tool .

Getting from Winnipeg to Regina by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Winnipeg in October, Regina is little chillier at night with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Edmonton.

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Royal Saskatchewan Museum
Royal Saskatchewan Museum
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Legislative Building

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Edmonton, Canada

Edmonton ©
Though it suffers from frigid temperatures for much of the year, Edmonton offers a range of tourist activities for all four seasons.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Edmonton travel route builder website .

Traveling by flight from Regina to Edmonton takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Regina to Edmonton due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Banff National Park.

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Whyte Avenue ©
Whyte Avenue

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days
Banff National Park, Canada

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Cave and Basin National Historic Site and then admire the sheer force of Bow Falls. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Moraine Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Louise, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

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Traveling by car from Edmonton to Banff National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Edmonton in October, with highs in Banff National Park at 6°C and lows at -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Jasper National Park.

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Bow Falls ©
Bow Falls
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ©
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

2
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Jasper National Park, Canada

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Sunwapta Falls and Canyon, admire the sheer force of Athabasca Falls, then learn more about the world around you at Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives, and finally explore the activities along Pyramid and Patricia Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): stop by Candy Bear Lair, stop by Experience Gourmet Living, view the masterpieces at Mountain Galleries, then tee off at Jasper Park Golf Course, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jasper National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Take a bus from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Banff National Park in October, you will find days in Jasper National Park are a bit warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Vancouver.

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Sunwapta Falls and Canyon ©
Sunwapta Falls and Canyon
Pyramid and Patricia Lakes ©
Pyramid and Patricia Lakes
Maligne Canyon
Maligne Canyon

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Vancouver, Canada

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), wander the streets of Commercial Drive, kick back and relax at Spanish Banks, and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Park.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Vancouver trip planner .

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 and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jasper National Park to Vancouver is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Jasper National Park in October: high temperatures in Vancouver hover around 16°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Victoria.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Lighthouse Park
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Lighthouse Park ©
Lighthouse Park
Spanish Banks
Spanish Banks
Commercial Drive ©
Commercial Drive

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Victoria, Canada

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the striking features of Government House, look for gifts at Russell Books, then look for gifts at Madrona Gallery, and finally take in the waterfront at Inner Harbour. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at The Butchart Gardens and then go for a stroll along the water at Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Victoria trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Vancouver to Victoria in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ; or ride a ferry. In October in Victoria, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Vancouver.

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Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour
The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater ©
Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater

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Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
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You can fly from Victoria to Vancouver in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ; or ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seattle.

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Brockton Point Lighthouse ©
Brockton Point Lighthouse

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Seattle, United States

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): wander the streets of Pike Place Market and then don't miss a visit to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Vancouver to Seattle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. October in Seattle sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Spokane.

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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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Spokane, United States

Spokane
Spokane is a city in the state of Washington, in the northwestern United States. On the 17th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, then hunt for treasures at Liberty Lake Farmers Market, then try to win big at Northern Quest Resort & Casino, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Spokane vacation maker app .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Spokane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Spokane. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

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Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Liberty Lake Farmers Market
Liberty Lake Farmers Market
Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes
Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes

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Minneapolis, United States

Minneapolis
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Minneapolis driving holiday website .

Traveling by flight from Spokane to Minneapolis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll travel to Chicago.

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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Buckingham Fountain and then don't miss a visit to The Magnificent Mile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): explore the activities along Chicago River, then explore the activities along Lake Michigan, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chicago attractions planner .

You can fly from Minneapolis to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in October, Chicago is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Windsor.

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Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
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Lakefront Trail

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Windsor, Canada

Windsor
Canada's southernmost city, Windsor continues to play a key role in the country's automotive industry.
To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Windsor vacation maker site .

You can drive from Chicago to Windsor in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

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