41 days in Canada & Victoria Itinerary

41 days in Canada & Victoria Itinerary

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41 days in Canada & Victoria Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 45​min
1
Ballarat, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Halls Gap, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Port Campbell, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
5
Vancouver, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
6
Jasper National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
7
Banff National Park, Canada
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Calgary, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
9
Montreal, Canada
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Ottawa, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
11
Toronto, Canada
— 7 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Perth, Australia

1
night
Ballarat, Australia

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Wendouree, admire the natural beauty at Ballarat Botanical Gardens, and then identify plant and animal life at Ballarat Wildlife Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ballarat trip maker .

Perth to Ballarat is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Ballarat is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in December, expect Ballarat to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Halls Gap.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Ballarat Botanical Gardens ©
Ballarat Botanical Gardens

1
night
Halls Gap, Australia

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Halls Gap Zoo, then trek along The Pinnacle, and then get great views at Boroka Lookout.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Halls Gap day trip planning tool .

Getting from Ballarat to Halls Gap by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Halls Gap

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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The Pinnacle ©
The Pinnacle
Halls Gap Zoo ©
Halls Gap Zoo
Boroka Lookout ©
Boroka Lookout

2
nights
Port Campbell, Australia

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. On the 24th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge and then explore and take pictures at Twelve Apostles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park and then admire all the interesting features of Loch Ard Gorge.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Halls Gap to Port Campbell takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Eastern Beach Reserve and Werribee Open Range Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Fitzroy Gardens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
nights
Vancouver, Canada

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jericho Beach and Lynn Canyon Park. Family-friendly places like Stanley Park and Burnaby Village Museum will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Granville Island, get lost in a book at Vancouver Public Library (Central Library Branch), admire the natural beauty at Nitobe Memorial Garden, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Vancouver Aquarium.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Vancouver trip itinerary site .

Fly from Melbourne to Vancouver in 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Vancouver, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you will find days in Vancouver are cooler (7°C), and nights are a bit cooler (2°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Lynn Canyon Park, Burnaby Village Museum
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Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Burnaby Village Museum ©
Burnaby Village Museum
Vancouver Aquarium ©
Vancouver Aquarium

2
nights
Jasper National Park, Canada

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marmot Basin Ski Area and The Jasper Planetarium. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Sunwapta Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Maligne Lake, head off the coast to Spirit Island, and view the masterpieces at Mountain Galleries.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Jasper National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Vancouver to Jasper National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Jasper National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Vancouver in January, you will find days in Jasper National Park are little chillier (-1°C), and nights are colder (-15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Marmot Basin Ski Area ©
Marmot Basin Ski Area
Spirit Island ©
Spirit Island
The Jasper Planetarium ©
The Jasper Planetarium

4
nights
Banff National Park, Canada

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yoho National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Bow Valley Parkway, contemplate the waterfront views at Moraine Lake, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park trip itinerary website .

You can 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 January, plan for little chillier days in Banff National Park, with highs around -7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yoho National Park, Takakkaw Falls, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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The Lake Louise Ski Resort ©
The Lake Louise Ski Resort
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Yoho National Park ©
Yoho National Park

4
nights
Calgary, Canada

Calgary ©
Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Heritage Park Historical Village and Room Escape Games. Step out of Calgary with an excursion to Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site in Drumheller--about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around Fish Creek Provincial Park, examine the collection at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Calgary Pathway System, and enjoy some diversion at Spruce Meadows.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Calgary attractions website .

Drive from Banff National Park to Calgary in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Banff National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Calgary, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Montreal.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site
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Heritage Park Historical Village ©
Heritage Park Historical Village
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Montreal, Canada

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Beer Tastings & Tours and Barbie Expo. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Notre-Dame Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde, take in the history at Place Jacques-Cartier, and take in the awesome beauty at Laurentian Mountains.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Montreal online itinerary planner .

Getting from Calgary to Montreal by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Calgary to Montreal, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Calgary in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Montreal: temperatures range from -5°C by day to -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Ottawa.

Things to do in Montreal

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Notre-Dame Basilica ©
Notre-Dame Basilica
Rue St-Paul
Rue St-Paul
Zipline

4
nights
Ottawa, Canada

A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Omega Park and Room Escape Games. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Canadian Museum of Nature, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, make a trip to Ottawa Locks, and get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ottawa online journey maker .

Traveling by train from Montreal to Ottawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Ottawa are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Ottawa

Tours Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Omega Park
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Omega Park ©
Omega Park
Canadian Museum of Nature ©
Canadian Museum of Nature

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nights
Toronto, Canada

Toronto
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bird Kingdom and Hockey Hall of Fame. Attractions like CN Tower and Royal Ontario Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toronto: Caroline Cellars Winery (in Virgil), Niagara Falls (Horseshoe Falls & Room Escape Games) and Peterborough (Canadian Canoe Museum & Riverview Park and Zoo). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Cobourg Beach, meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada, don't miss a visit to Nathan Phillips Square, and see the interesting displays at Marie Dressler Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Toronto trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Ottawa to Toronto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in January, with highs in Toronto at -1°C and lows at -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Toronto

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Niagara Falls, Cobourg, Peterborough, Caroline Cellars Winery, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
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CN Tower
CN Tower
Riverview Park and Zoo ©
Riverview Park and Zoo
Bird Kingdom ©
Bird Kingdom

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