35 days in Canada Itinerary

35 days in Canada Itinerary

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35 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Clearwater
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Jasper National Park
— 7 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Banff National Park
— 7 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
5
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Quebec City
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Ottawa
— 3 nights
End: Ottawa

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Rainforest Trail. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Amphitrite Point Lighthouse and Long Beach. Step out of Tofino with an excursion to Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet--about 38 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chesterman Beach, sample the tasty concoctions at Tofino Brewing Company, get a taste of the local shopping with Eagle Aerie Gallery, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tofino road trip tool .

Ottawa to Tofino is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Ottawa to Tofino. While traveling from Ottawa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tofino, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Clearwater.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Ucluelet
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:
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Amphitrite Point Lighthouse ©
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Chesterman Beach ©
Chesterman Beach

2
nights
Clearwater

Clearwater ©
Although forestry remains the area's major employer, Clearwater tourism thrives thanks to the region's good opportunities for outdoor activities on six big lakes and four rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Spahat Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Helmcken Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Wells Gray Provincial Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Clearwater online tour planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Tofino to Clearwater in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Tofino in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Clearwater, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Clearwater

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:
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Spahat Falls ©
Spahat Falls
Helmcken Falls ©
Helmcken Falls
River Rafting & Tubing

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Edith Cavell Trail and The Beaver Boardwalk. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spirit Island and Medicine Lake. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Maligne Canyon, take some stellar pictures from Glacier Skywalk, cruise along Columbia Ice Field, and take in the dramatic scenery at Sunwapta Falls.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Jasper National Park online holiday builder .

Drive from Clearwater to Jasper National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Clearwater to Jasper National Park due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Jasper National Park can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Beaver Boardwalk
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 7:
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Pyramid and Patricia Lakes ©
Pyramid and Patricia Lakes
Mount Edith Cavell Trail ©
Mount Edith Cavell Trail
Mount Edith Cavell ©
Mount Edith Cavell

7
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.
Get outdoors at Parker Ridge Trail and Grassi Lakes. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tunnel Mountain Trail and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Change things up with these side-trips from Banff National Park: Yoho National Park (Emerald Lake & Takakkaw Falls) and Big Head Sculpture (in Canmore). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Louise, take in panoramic vistas at Surprise Corner, cruise along Bow Valley Parkway, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sulphur Mountain.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Banff National Park journey planner.

Getting from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Jasper National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days in Banff National Park, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Baddeck.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yoho National Park, Canmore
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 14:
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Lake Louise ©
Lake Louise
Takakkaw Falls ©
Takakkaw Falls
Parker Ridge Trail ©
Parker Ridge Trail

2
nights
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

Baddeck ©
For most visitors on holiday in Baddeck, the town represents the beginning and the end of the world-famous Cabot Trail, a scenic roadway looping around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island.
Step out of the city life by going to Uisge Ban Falls and Cabot Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Highland Village and Skyline Trail. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Baddeck travel tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Banff National Park to Baddeck takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Banff National Park to Baddeck due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Banff National Park in October; daily highs in Baddeck reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Quebec City.

Things to do in Baddeck

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Highland Village
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Highland Village ©
Highland Village
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail

6
nights
Quebec City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou) and Old Port. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site and Upper Town (Haute-Ville). Go for a jaunt from Quebec City to Sainte Anne de Beaupre to see Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quebec, take a stroll through Quartier Petit Champlain, take in the history at Battlefields Park (Parc des Champs-de-Bataille), and stroll around Parc de la Chute-Montmorency.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Quebec City day trip planning site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Baddeck to Quebec City in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Baddeck to Quebec City. In October in Quebec City, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 24:
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Old Quebec ©
Old Quebec
Place Royale ©
Place Royale
Upper Town (Haute-Ville) ©
Upper Town (Haute-Ville)

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like River Rafting & Tubing and Omega Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Notre Dame Basilica and Canadian Museum of History. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Rideau Canal and take a stroll through ByWard Market.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ottawa vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from Quebec City to Ottawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Ottawa, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ottawa

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Omega Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Canadian Museum of History
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
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Omega Park ©
Omega Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Notre Dame Basilica ©
Notre Dame Basilica

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