29 days in Canada Itinerary

29 days in Canada Itinerary

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29 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Patong, Phuket
Fly:  21​h
1
Vancouver
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Whistler
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Tofino
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Campbell River
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
5
Canmore
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
6
Ingonish
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Ottawa
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  29​h
End: Patong, Phuket

3
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.
Attractions like Granville Island and Stanley Park make great kid-friendly stops. Get outdoors at Kitsilano Beach and VanDusen Botanical Garden. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Vancouver Aquarium, immerse yourself in nature at Lynn Canyon Park, and explore the activities along English Bay.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Vancouver online tour planner .

Patong, Thailand to Vancouver is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Patong to Vancouver. In December, Vancouver is much colder than Patong - with highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Whistler.

Things to do in Vancouver

#Parks, #Nature, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lynn Canyon Park
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Vancouver Aquarium ©
Vancouver Aquarium
Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park

4
nights
Whistler

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.
Get in touch with nature at Whistler Blackcomb and Backcountry Snowcats Ltd. Get some cultural insight at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and The Gallery at Millenium Place. There's much more to do: ski along the peaceful trails at Black Tusk Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Lost Lake, and stop by Olives On Tap.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Whistler trip planner .

You can fly from Vancouver to Whistler in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in December; daily highs in Whistler reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Whistler

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Backcountry Snowcats Ltd
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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Whistler Blackcomb ©
Whistler Blackcomb
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre ©
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
Black Tusk Trail ©
Black Tusk Trail

3
nights
Tofino

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.
Kids will enjoy Long Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rainforest Trail and Reflecting Spirit Gallery. Explore Tofino's surroundings by going to Ucluelet (Wild Pacific Trail, Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, & more). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Chesterman Beach and take in the exciting artwork at Henry's Carving Shed.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Tofino vacation maker .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Whistler to Tofino in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Whistler in December, with highs in Tofino at 8°C and lows at -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Campbell River.

Things to do in Tofino

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Ucluelet
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Rainforest Trail ©
Rainforest Trail
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park

1
night
Campbell River

Locals may joke Campbell River represents civilization's end on scenic Vancouver Island, yet the city remains a lively hub of tourism consistently packed with nature enthusiasts from every corner of the globe.
On the 27th (Thu), meet the residents at Holly Hill Farm, then stop by Awatin Aboriginal Art, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Campbell River journey planner .

Traveling by car from Tofino to Campbell River takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tofino in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Campbell River: temperatures range from 4°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Canmore.

Things to do in Campbell River

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Holly Hill Farm ©
Holly Hill Farm
Awatin Aboriginal Art ©
Awatin Aboriginal Art

3
nights
Canmore

Bordered by the spectacular peaks of the Alberta Rockies, within a stone's throw of Banff National Park, the town of Canmore serves as an excellent base for outdoor adventures.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sunshine Village. Willock & Sax Gallery and Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont Banff Springs are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Banff National Park (Johnston Canyon & Icefields Parkway) and Bow Valley Parkway (in Banff).

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Campbell River to Canmore takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Campbell River to Canmore. When traveling from Campbell River in December, plan for little chillier days in Canmore, with highs around -6°C, while nights are colder with lows around -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Canmore

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Banff, Banff National Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
 Sunshine Village ©
Sunshine Village
Icefields Parkway ©
Icefields Parkway

3
nights
Ingonish

Ingonish ©
Nestled on a cozy harbor surrounded by green forests, the coastal town of Ingonish serves as the perfect coastal retreat for those after a quiet getaway.
Visiting Middle Head Trail and Ingonish Beach will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Leather Works by Jolene and Colouratura Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Ingonish side-trips: Piper Pewter Inc. (in Indian Brook) and Glass Artisans Gallery (in North Shore). Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Black Brook Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Franey Mountain, and admire all the interesting features of Cabot Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ingonish trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Canmore to Ingonish takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Canmore to Ingonish is 3 hours. Traveling from Canmore in January, Ingonish is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Indian Brook, Cape Breton Island, Franey Mountain, Glass Artisans Gallery
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Ingonish Beach ©
Ingonish Beach

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Sydney is a population centre and former city in Nova Scotia, Canada. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Skyline Trail and Ski Tuonela. Bring the kids along to Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Change things up with a short trip to Ski Ben Eoin in East Bay (about 40 minutes away). There's more to do: stop by Ed's Books and More and pause for some serene contemplation at United Heritage Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney holiday planning site .

Drive from Ingonish to Sydney in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

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nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rideau Canal and Canadian Museum of Nature. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Notre Dame Basilica and Omega Park. There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Parliament Hill and Buildings, look for gifts at ByWard Market, and see the interesting displays at National Gallery of Canada.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ottawa trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Ottawa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Ottawa. In January, Ottawa is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of -6°C and lows of -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ottawa

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Omega Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Parliament Hill and Buildings ©
Parliament Hill and Buildings
Rideau Canal ©
Rideau Canal
Omega Park ©
Omega Park

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