20 days in Canada Itinerary

20 days in Canada Itinerary

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20 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Vancouver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Whistler
— 1 day
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  4​h
3
Victoria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Nanaimo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tofino
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Richmond
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
7
Osoyoos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Vernon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Field
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
10
Banff National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
11
Edmonton
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): wander the streets of Gastown.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vancouver trip builder tool .

London, UK to Vancouver is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Vancouver is minus 8 hours. May in Vancouver sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Whistler.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Vancouver Seawall
Vancouver Seawall
Gastown ©
Gastown

1
day
Whistler

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb and then see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Whistler tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Vancouver to Whistler in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Vancouver in May, Whistler is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Whistler

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Whistler Blackcomb ©
Whistler Blackcomb
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Victoria

Victoria ©
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 10th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at The Butchart Gardens, ponder the design of Confederation Fountain, and then get to know the fascinating history of Inner Harbour. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Craigdarroch Castle, then examine the collection at Royal BC Museum, then stroll around Beacon Hill Park, and finally stroll around Centennial Square.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Victoria trip planner.

Getting from Whistler to Victoria by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Whistler in May: highs in Victoria hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

The Butchart Gardens
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The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Royal BC Museum ©
Royal BC Museum
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour

1
night
Nanaimo

Nanaimo ©
Widely regarded as one of Canada's most livable cities, Nanaimo remains both an industrial center and a tourist hub on Vancouver Island.
On the 12th (Wed), walk around Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, stroll around Neck Point Park, and then take in the pleasant sights at Harbourfront Walkway.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nanaimo attractions planner .

Getting from Victoria to Nanaimo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tofino.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks

Side Trip

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
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Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Neck Point Park ©
Neck Point Park

2
nights
Tofino

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.
On the 13th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pacific Rim National Park, kick back and relax at Long Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Eagle Aerie Gallery. On your second day here, trek along Wild Pacific Trail, then kick back and relax at Chesterman Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tofino trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Nanaimo to Tofino in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nanaimo in May, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Tofino. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Richmond.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Wild Pacific Trail
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Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Chesterman Beach ©
Chesterman Beach

1
night
Richmond

Richmond ©
On the fringe of greater Vancouver, the city of Richmond has a reputation as one of Canada's greatest melting pots.
On the 15th (Sat), admire the striking features of International Buddhist Society (Buddhist Temple), then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then contemplate the long history of Steveston Heritage Fishing Village.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Richmond trip planner .

Getting from Tofino to Richmond by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Tofino, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Richmond, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Osoyoos.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Steveston Heritage Fishing Village ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Osoyoos

Osoyoos ©
Thanks to favorable year-round weather and plenty of fresh water, the area surrounding Osoyoos remains a top producer of fruit and wine.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): walk around Skaha Lake Park, explore the activities along Spotted Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Osoyoos Lake. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Rattlesnake Canyon, see the interesting displays at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally do a tasting at Silver Sage Winery.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osoyoos trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Richmond to Osoyoos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Richmond in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Osoyoos, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vernon.

Things to do in Osoyoos

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Skaha Lake Park, Silver Sage Winery
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Osoyoos Lake ©
Osoyoos Lake
Rattlesnake Canyon ©
Rattlesnake Canyon
Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad ©
Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad

1
night
Vernon

Vernon ©
Vernon is a city in the Okanagan region of the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Kangaroo Creek Farm, relax in the rural setting at Planet Bee Honey Farm & Meadery, then get a taste of life in the country at Camelot Haven Alpacas, and finally sample the fine beverages at Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vernon itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Osoyoos to Vernon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Field.

Things to do in Vernon

Shopping Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Kangaroo Creek Farm
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Camelot Haven Alpacas ©
Camelot Haven Alpacas
Kangaroo Creek Farm ©
Kangaroo Creek Farm
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery ©
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery

1
night
Field

Field ©
On the 19th (Wed), explore the activities along Emerald Lake and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yoho National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Field day trip site .

Traveling by car from Vernon to Field takes 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vernon to Field. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Vernon in May, with highs in Field at 15°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Field

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Emerald Lake
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Yoho National Park ©
Yoho National Park
Emerald Lake ©
Emerald Lake

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): hit the slopes at The Lake Louise Ski Resort and then explore the activities along Moraine Lake. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, contemplate the waterfront views at Peyto Lake, and then explore the activities along Herbert Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park route planner.

Banff National Park is just a stone's throw from Field. In May, daytime highs in Banff National Park are 15°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Edmonton.

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

4
nights
Edmonton

Edmonton ©
Though it suffers from frigid temperatures for much of the year, Edmonton offers a range of tourist activities for all four seasons.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fort Edmonton Park and West Edmonton Mall. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Cavell Meadows Trail, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Edmonton Valley Zoo, see the sky in a new way at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Edmonton trip planner .

Traveling by car from Banff National Park to Edmonton takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May, Edmonton is a bit warmer than Banff National Park - with highs of 21°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edmonton

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cavell Meadows Trail, St. Albert Botanic Park
Find places to stay May 21 — 25:
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Edmonton Valley Zoo ©
Edmonton Valley Zoo
Fort Edmonton Park ©
Fort Edmonton Park
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton ©
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton

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