20 days in Canada Itinerary

20 days in Canada Itinerary

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20 days in Canada Itinerary

Amsterdam
Fly:  12​h 30​min
Calgary
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Banff National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
Jasper National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
Whistler
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Vancouver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Montreal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Quebec City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Toronto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
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train + foot + train + Fly:  12​h 15​min
Amsterdam

1
day
Calgary

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Stephen Avenue Walk, steep yourself in history at Fort Calgary, and then head off the coast to Prince's Island Park.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Calgary is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Calgary due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Calgary when traveling from Amsterdam in September, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Banff National Park.

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Prince's Island Park
Fort Calgary
Stephen Avenue Walk

3
days
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Takakkaw Falls and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Take a break from the city and head to Banff National Park and Moraine Lake. Change things up with a short trip to Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: cruise along Bow Valley Parkway, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Louise, and explore the stunning scenery at Johnston Canyon.

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You can drive from Calgary to Banff National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Calgary in September, with highs in Banff National Park at 15°C and lows at 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Jasper National Park.

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Parks Nature Outdoors

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Yoho National Park
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Moraine Lake
Bow Valley Parkway
Emerald Lake

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): hike along Skyline Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Maligne Canyon, then contemplate the waterfront views at Moose Lake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pyramid and Patricia Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Edith Cavell Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Mt. Edith Cavell, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Athabasca Falls.

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Take a bus from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Banff National Park in September: highs in Jasper National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Victoria.

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Maligne Canyon
Pyramid and Patricia Lakes
Mt. Edith Cavell

1
day
Victoria, Vancouver Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at The Butchart Gardens, don't miss a visit to Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, then explore the activities along Clover Point Park, then explore the historical opulence of Craigdarroch Castle, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Victoria vacation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jasper National Park to Victoria takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jasper National Park to Victoria due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jasper National Park in September, Victoria is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Whistler.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, The Butchart Gardens
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2
days
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 18th (Mon): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then explore the activities along Lost Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then admire the sheer force of Alexander Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Brandywine Falls Provincial Park.

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You can fly from Victoria to Whistler in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Victoria in September since evenings lows in Whistler dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vancouver.

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Lost Lake
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
Spas & Wellness

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Stanley Park and then wander the streets of Granville Island.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vancouver custom trip planner.

Getting from Whistler to Vancouver by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Whistler in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Vancouver, with lows around 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Montreal.

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Granville Island
English Bay
Stanley Park

1
day
Montreal

Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, and then make a trip to Notre Dame Basilica.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Montreal vacation trip planner.

You can fly from Vancouver to Montreal in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. In September in Montreal, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Quebec City.

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Notre Dame Basilica
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

3
days
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lower Town (Basse-Ville) and Place Royale. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quebec, don't miss a visit to Old Port, contemplate the long history of Plains of Abraham, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Quebec City travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Montreal to Quebec City by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Quebec City, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

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Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)
Old Quebec
Place Royale

2
days
Toronto

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): examine the collection at Royal Ontario Museum, take a stroll through The Distillery District, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, and finally admire the landmark architecture of CN Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): head off the coast to Toronto Islands and then explore the historical opulence of Casa Loma.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Toronto holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Quebec City to Toronto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Niagara Falls.

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The Distillery District
Casa Loma
Toronto Islands

1
day
Niagara Falls

Indisputably one of the world's most impressive natural sights, Niagara Falls straddle the United States/Canada border, marking the spot at which a thundering river plunges over a major escarpment.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): do a tasting at Konzelmann Estate Winery, identify plant and animal life at Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, then don't miss a visit to Journey Behind the Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls trip generator.

You can drive from Toronto to Niagara Falls in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Wildlife

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Niagara Falls
Journey Behind the Falls

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