31 days in Canada Itinerary

31 days in Canada Itinerary

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31 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Kandahar
Fly:  35​h
1
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + shuttle:  17​h
2
Jasper National Park
— 3 nights
shuttle:  2​h 45​min
3
Banff National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Golden
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  10​h 15​min
5
Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Vancouver
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
7
Whistler
— 5 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Kandahar


3
nights
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Skyline Trail and Dingwall Beach. Visiting Middle Head Trail and Cabot Trail will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Ski Tuonela in Baddeck (about 1h 10 min away). Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Christopher Gorey Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ingonish online trip maker .

Kandahar, Afghanistan to Ingonish is an approximately 35-hour flight. The time zone changes from Afghanistan Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Kandahar in December: highs in Ingonish hover around 2°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Dingwall Beach, Ski Tuonela
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Ski Tuonela ©
Ski Tuonela

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Edith Cavell and Sunwapta Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Athabasca Glacier and Maligne Canyon. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Marmot Basin Ski Area, contemplate the waterfront views at Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, admire all the interesting features of Highway 93A, and hike along Mount Edith Cavell Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jasper National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Ingonish to Jasper National Park by combination of car, flight, and shuttle takes about 17 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ingonish in December: highs in Jasper National Park hover around -5°C, while lows dip to -18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Takakkaw Falls and Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. Get in touch with nature at Emerald Lake and Natural Bridge. 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: contemplate the waterfront views at Moraine Lake, take a memorable drive along Bow Valley Parkway, explore the stunning scenery at Johnston Canyon, and explore and take pictures at Icefields Parkway.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park sightseeing planner.

You can take a shuttle from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Jasper National Park in December, you will find days in Banff National Park are slightly colder (-10°C), and nights are about the same (-19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Golden.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yoho National Park, Grassi Lakes
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Lake Louise ©
Lake Louise
Emerald Lake ©
Emerald Lake
Takakkaw Falls ©
Takakkaw Falls

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Golden Golf Club. Take a break from the city and head to Chatter Creek and Golden Nordic Ski Club. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotary Trails.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Golden trip website .

Take a bus from Banff National Park to Golden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Golden is a bit warmer than Banff National Park - with highs of -6°C and lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Golden

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Kicking Horse Mountain Resort ©
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Chatter Creek ©
Chatter Creek
Golden Nordic Ski Club ©
Golden Nordic Ski Club

3
nights
Tofino, Vancouver Island

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rainforest Trail and Long Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Pacific Rim National Park and Chesterman Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ucluelet (Wild Pacific Trail & Amphitrite Point Lighthouse). And it doesn't end there: hike along Walk the Wild Side Trail, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tofino Brewing Company.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tofino trip planning site .

Do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Golden to Tofino in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Golden to Tofino. Traveling from Golden in December, expect nights in Tofino to be somewhat warmer, around -2°C, while days are much warmer, around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Ucluelet
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Rainforest Trail ©
Rainforest Trail
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Wild Pacific Trail ©
Wild Pacific Trail

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Grouse Mountain and Vancouver Seawall. There's lots more to do: stroll through Stanley Park, contemplate the waterfront views at English Bay, snap pictures at Lynn Canyon Park, and admire all the interesting features of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vancouver day trip planner.

Getting from Tofino to Vancouver by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Vancouver when traveling from Tofino in December, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Whistler.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Vancouver
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Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Grouse Mountain ©
Grouse Mountain
Vancouver Seawall
Vancouver Seawall

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Whistler Blackcomb and Backcountry Snowcats Ltd. Discover out-of-the-way places like Black Tusk Trail and Garibaldi Provincial Park. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Momentum Ski Camps - Day Camps, contemplate the waterfront views at Lost Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexander Falls, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Whistler online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Vancouver to Whistler takes an hour. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Whistler

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Backcountry Snowcats Ltd, Garibaldi Provincial Park
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Whistler Blackcomb ©
Whistler Blackcomb
Garibaldi Provincial Park ©
Garibaldi Provincial Park
Alexander Falls ©
Alexander Falls

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