22 days in Canada & Alaska Itinerary

22 days in Canada & Alaska Itinerary

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22 days in Canada & Alaska Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+3
Fly + train + foot + Fly:  19​h
Whistler, Canada
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
Victoria, Canada
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Tofino, Canada
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Quebec City, Canada
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
Sydney, Canada
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
Banff National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  12​h 15​min
Juneau, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Whistler, Canada

Whistler ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, admire the masterpieces at Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont, then tour or see a game at Whistler Sliding Centre, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lost Lake and then browse the collection at Whistler Public Library.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Whistler road trip site .

Sydney, Australia to Whistler is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Whistler, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Whistler at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Whistler

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums
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Lost Lake ©
Lost Lake
Spas & Wellness
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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Fri), take in the waterfront activity at Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater, then admire the landmark architecture of Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada, and then don't miss a visit to Government Street. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Miniature World, then hike along Scenic Marine Route, then indulge your taste buds at Seaside Sweets, and finally look for gifts at Saltwest Naturals.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Victoria road trip site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Whistler to Victoria in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In December, Victoria is a bit warmer than Whistler - with highs of 7°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Victoria

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Sooke
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Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater ©
Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater
Government Street ©
Government Street
Miniature World ©
Miniature World

3
nights
Tofino, Canada

Tofino ©
A tiny settlement on Vancouver Island's wild western coastline, surfers' favorite Tofino occupies a scenic location at the edge of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore hidden gems such as Chesterman Beach and Rainforest Trail. Explore Tofino's surroundings by going to Ucluelet (Wild Pacific Trail & Amphitrite Point Lighthouse). Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach and explore and take pictures at Raincoast Education Society.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tofino trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Victoria to Tofino takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Victoria in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Tofino, with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Quebec City.

Things to do in Tofino

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

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Ucluelet
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Wild Pacific Trail ©
Wild Pacific Trail
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

2
nights
Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lower Town (Basse-Ville) and Plains of Abraham. Change things up with a short trip to Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre in Sainte Anne de Beaupre (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, get to know the fascinating history of Place Royale, see the interesting displays at Musee de la civilisation, and get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Building (Hotel du Parlement).

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Fly from Tofino to Quebec City in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Tofino to Quebec City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tofino in January, things will get colder in Quebec City: highs are around -7°C and lows about -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Quebec City

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Parks

Side Trip

Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
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Lower Town (Basse-Ville) ©
Lower Town (Basse-Ville)
Plains of Abraham ©
Plains of Abraham

2
nights
Sydney, Canada

Sydney ©
Sydney is a population centre and former city in Nova Scotia, Canada. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Ski Ben Eoin. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Baddeck (Ski Tuonela, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Skyline Trail.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney tour builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Quebec City to Sydney. The time zone difference when traveling from Quebec City to Sydney is 1 hour. Traveling from Quebec City in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around -1°C and lows about -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Baddeck, Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Skyline Trail, Ski Ben Eoin
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Ski Ben Eoin ©
Ski Ben Eoin

2
nights
Banff National Park, Canada

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Icefields Parkway. Step out of Banff National Park to go to Canmore and see Grassi Lakes, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Johnston Canyon, get a taste of the local shopping with Willock & Sax Gallery, cruise along Bow Valley Parkway, and get to know the fascinating history of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

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Explore your travel options from Sydney to Banff National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Sydney to Banff National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Banff National Park hover around -7°C and lows are around -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Banff National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Canmore
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Icefields Parkway ©
Icefields Parkway
Johnston Canyon ©
Johnston Canyon

3
nights
Juneau, United States

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alaska Powder Descents and Zipline. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Juneau: Hoonah (Dolphin & Whale Watching & In Alaska's Wildest Kitchen). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, hit the slopes at Eaglecrest Ski Area, stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Amalga Distillery.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Juneau route planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Banff National Park to Juneau in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Banff National Park in January, expect nights in Juneau to be warmer, around -1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

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Hoonah
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Zipline
Alaska Powder Descents ©
Alaska Powder Descents
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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