21 days in Canada Itinerary

21 days in Canada Itinerary

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21 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  19​h
1
Whistler
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
2
Jasper National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Banff National Park
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  10​h
4
Toronto
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Vancouver
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
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.
Whistler is known for adventure, winter sports, nature, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: glide through natural beauty at Whistler Blackcomb, get engrossed in the history at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, experience the excitement of Whistler Sliding Centre, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Whistler trip builder website .

Sydney, Australia to Whistler is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. In December, Whistler is colder than Sydney - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Whistler

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Zipline
Whistler Blackcomb ©
Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Sliding Centre ©
Whistler Sliding Centre

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.
Jasper National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, adventure, trails, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marmot Basin Ski Area, trek along Skyline Trail, cruise along Highway 93A, and take in the dramatic scenery at Athabasca Falls.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jasper National Park tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Whistler to Jasper National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Whistler to Jasper National Park is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Whistler in December, with highs in Jasper National Park at -5°C and lows at -18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Mount Edith Cavell Trail ©
Mount Edith Cavell Trail
Maligne Canyon ©
Maligne Canyon
Columbia Icefield Skywalk ©
Columbia Icefield Skywalk

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.
Banff National Park is known for nature, historic sites, scenic drive, spas, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Moraine Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Temple Mountain, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Big Beehive, and hit the slopes at The Lake Louise Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Banff National Park journey planner.

Take a bus from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Jasper National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Banff National Park, with highs around -10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
The Lake Louise Ski Resort ©
The Lake Louise Ski Resort
Peyto Lake ©
Peyto Lake

3
nights
Toronto

Toronto
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like CN Tower and Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada. Step out of Toronto with an excursion to Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Royal Ontario Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St James Anglican Cathedral, get curious at Ontario Science Centre, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Loma.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Toronto online travel planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Banff National Park to Toronto in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Banff National Park to Toronto, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Banff National Park in January; daily highs in Toronto reach -1°C and lows reach -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Niagara Falls Canada
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CN Tower
CN Tower
Niagara Falls Canada ©
Niagara Falls Canada
Toronto Zoo ©
Toronto Zoo

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Stanley Park and Vancouver Aquarium. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Granville Island, take in panoramic vistas at Vancouver Lookout, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grouse Mountain, and take in the dramatic natural features at Vancouver Seawall.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Vancouver online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Toronto to Vancouver takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Toronto in January, things will get a bit warmer in Vancouver: highs are around 8°C and lows about 3°C. You will leave for home on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

North Vancouver
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Highlights from your plan
Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Vancouver Aquarium ©
Vancouver Aquarium

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