49 days in Canada Itinerary

49 days in Canada Itinerary

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49 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
1
Jasper National Park
— 4 nights
shuttle:  2​h 45​min
2
Banff National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Oliver
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
4
Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Vancouver
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Ottawa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Quebec City
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Saint John
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  3​h 30​min
9
Lunenburg
— 5 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  4​h
10
Sydney, Cape Breton Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Edmonton

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Our Native Land and Malige Canyon Restaurant and Gift Shop. Step off the beaten path and head to Marmot Basin Ski Area and Mount Edith Cavell. Get out of town with these interesting Jasper National Park side-trips: Hinton (Athabasca Riverfront Park & Hinton Nordic Centre). And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Maligne Canyon, contemplate the waterfront views at Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whistlers Peak, and choose your vessel at Pure Outdoors.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jasper National Park trip itinerary builder .

Edmonton to Jasper National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Edmonton in February: highs in Jasper National Park hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Hinton
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Marmot Basin Ski Area ©
Marmot Basin Ski Area
Sunwapta Falls ©
Sunwapta Falls
Mount Edith Cavell ©
Mount Edith Cavell

6
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 in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Chatter Creek. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. On the 5th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Sunshine Village. There's still lots to do: cruise along Icefields Parkway, explore the stunning scenery at Johnston Canyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bow Valley Parkway.

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Traveling by shuttle from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Jasper National Park in March, expect nights in Banff National Park to be about the same, around -9°C, while days are little chillier, around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Oliver.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Golden, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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 Sunshine Village ©
Sunshine Village
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort ©
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Oliver

Oliver ©
In tiny Oliver, practically every attraction appealing to tourists remains within walking distance of town center.
Forbidden Fruit Winery and Intersection Estate Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Big White Ski Resort and River Stone Estate Winery. Explore Oliver's surroundings by going to Cawston (Twisted Hills Craft Cider, Orofino Vineyards, & more). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Desert Hills Estate Winery and fly down the slopes at Baldy Mountain Resort.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Oliver road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Banff National Park to Oliver takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Banff National Park to Oliver is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Banff National Park in March; daily highs in Oliver reach 13°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Oliver

Wineries Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Cawston, Big White Ski Resort, Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery
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Big White Ski Resort ©
Big White Ski Resort
Silver Sage Winery ©
Silver Sage Winery
Forbidden Fruit Winery ©
Forbidden Fruit Winery

4
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.
Visiting Long Beach and Florencia Bay will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Cox Bay Beach and Brady's Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tofino side-trips: Ucluelet (Amphitrite Point Lighthouse & Wild Pacific Trail). Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Rainforest Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Henry's Carving Shed, enjoy the sand and surf at Chesterman Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tofino route planner .

Getting from Oliver to Tofino by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ucluelet, Brady's Beach
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Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Rainforest Trail ©
Rainforest Trail
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse ©
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse

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.
Get outdoors at Granville Island and Crescent Beach. Visit Kitsilano Beach and Wreck Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Vancouver's surroundings by going to Black Tusk Trail (in Whistler) and Shannon Falls Provincial Park (in Squamish). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology, admire the natural beauty at VanDusen Botanical Garden, explore the activities along English Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Stanley Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Vancouver trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Tofino to Vancouver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Tofino in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 5°C in Vancouver. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Crescent Beach, Black Tusk Trail, Shannon Falls Provincial Park
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Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Shannon Falls Provincial Park ©
Shannon Falls Provincial Park
Crescent Beach ©
Crescent Beach

2
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.
Popular historic sites such as Parliament Hill and Buildings and Upper Canada Village are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Rideau Canal and Omega Park. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with ByWard Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame Basilica, and examine the collection at National Gallery of Canada.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ottawa trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Vancouver to Ottawa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Ottawa is 3 hours. When traveling from Vancouver in March, plan for slightly colder days in Ottawa, with highs around 0°C, while nights are colder with lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Quebec City.

Things to do in Ottawa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Omega Park, Upper Canada Village
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Parliament Hill and Buildings ©
Parliament Hill and Buildings
Upper Canada Village ©
Upper Canada Village
Rideau Canal ©
Rideau Canal

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Quebec and Place Royale. Take a break from the city and head to Le Massif de Charlevoix and Cassis et Melisse. Step out of Quebec City with an excursion to Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre in Sainte Anne de Beaupre--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Upper Town (Haute-Ville), contemplate the long history of Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lower Town (Basse-Ville), and examine the collection at Musee de la civilisation.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Quebec City online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Ottawa to Quebec City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Ottawa in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of -4°C in Quebec City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Saint John.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Le Massif de Charlevoix, Cassis et Melisse
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Old Quebec ©
Old Quebec
Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre ©
Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
Upper Town (Haute-Ville) ©
Upper Town (Haute-Ville)

4
nights
Saint John

Saint John ©
An important port city on New Brunswick's southeastern coast, Saint John has a long tradition of migration, especially from Ireland.
Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse and Green's Point Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at New River Beach Provincial Park and Gondola Point Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Chignecto Provincial Park (in Advocate Harbour), Waterside (Waterside Farms Cottage Winery & Waterside Beach) and Casa Nova Fine Beverages (in Bear River). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Irving Nature Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, learn about winemaking at Dunhams Run Estate Winery, and get outside with Zelda's River Adventures.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saint John online day trip planner .

You can fly from Quebec City to Saint John in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Saint John

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waterside, Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, Dunhams Run Estate Winery, Zelda's River Adventures, Casa Nova Fine Beverages
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New River Beach Provincial Park ©
New River Beach Provincial Park
Irving Nature Park ©
Irving Nature Park
Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse ©
Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse

5
nights
Lunenburg

Lunenburg ©
An hour's drive from Halifax's international airport, Luneburg boasts both colorful buildings and a colorful history, as well as status as a World Heritage Site.
You'll get in some beach time at Crescent Beach and Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hirtle's Beach and Crescent Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Lunenburg: Dory Shop Museum (in Shelburne), Rissers Beach Provincial Park (in Petite Riviere) and Beach Meadows Beach Park (in Brooklyn). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Carter's Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. James' Anglican Church, do a tasting at Wine Kings, and contemplate the long history of SS Atlantic Heritage Park.

For maps and more tourist information, refer to the Lunenburg travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Saint John to Lunenburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lunenburg when traveling from Saint John in April, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mahone Bay, Gaff Point Trail, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, Beach Meadows Beach Park, Crescent Beach
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Hirtle's Beach ©
Hirtle's Beach
Rissers Beach Provincial Park ©
Rissers Beach Provincial Park

6
nights
Sydney, Cape Breton Island

Sydney ©
Sydney is a population centre and former city in Nova Scotia, Canada. Visiting Point Michaud Beach and Ski Tuonela will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Leather Works by Jolene and Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Louisbourg (Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site & Kennington Cove Beach), Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site (in Baddeck) and Cape Breton Highlands National Park (in Ingonish). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Ski Ben Eoin, browse for gifts or souvenirs at Colouratura Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Jost House Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at United Heritage Church.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Lunenburg to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Lunenburg in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of -2°C in Sydney. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Louisbourg, Baddeck, Indian Brook, Ski Ben Eoin, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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