47 days in Canada Itinerary

47 days in Canada Itinerary

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47 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  25​h
1
Calgary
— 9 nights
2
Banff National Park
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
3
Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Vancouver
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Montreal
— 1 day
6
Quebec City
— 15 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Ottawa
— 3 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
8
Toronto
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Niagara Falls
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Karachi

9
nights
Calgary

Calgary ©
Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Kids will enjoy The Calgary Zoo and World's Largest Dinosaur. Venture out of the city with trips to Rosebud & District Centennial Museum (in Rosebud), Drumheller (Orkney Viewpoint, Royal Tyrrell Museum, & more) and Rival Axe Throwing (in Airdrie). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Glenbow Museum, have some family-friendly fun at BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League, enjoy breathtaking views from Calgary Tower, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Rock Brewery.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Calgary trip planner .

Karachi, Pakistan to Calgary is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Karachi to Calgary, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Calgary can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drumheller, Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, Rival Axe Throwing, Rosebud & District Centennial Museum
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The Calgary Zoo ©
The Calgary Zoo
Royal Tyrrell Museum ©
Royal Tyrrell Museum
Fort Calgary ©
Fort Calgary

5
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.
When in Banff National Park, make a side trip to see Columbia Icefield Skywalk in Jasper, approximately 1h 55 min away. On the 15th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at The Lake Louise Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Moraine Lake, view the masterpieces at Samson Native Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Bow Falls, and get engrossed in the history at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Banff National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Calgary to Banff National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Calgary in December: high temperatures in Banff National Park hover around -10°C and lows are around -19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Columbia Icefield Skywalk
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Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Icefields Parkway ©
Icefields Parkway
Peyto Lake ©
Peyto Lake

2
nights
Victoria, Vancouver Island

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.
On the 16th (Mon), don't miss a visit to The Butchart Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Royal BC Museum, and then admire the local landmark of Confederation Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Inner Harbour, step into the grandiose world of Craigdarroch Castle, then see the interesting displays at Miniature World, and finally look for gifts at The Papery.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Victoria trip planning app .

Getting from Banff National Park to Victoria by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Victoria is warmer than Banff National Park - with highs of 7°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Vancouver.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

The Butchart Gardens
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The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Royal BC Museum ©
Royal BC Museum
Miniature World ©
Miniature World

3
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.
Attractions like Stanley Park and Vancouver Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Granville Island, take in the dramatic natural features at Vancouver Seawall, and snap pictures at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Vancouver trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Victoria to Vancouver takes 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Vancouver are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Montreal.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
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Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Vancouver Aquarium ©
Vancouver Aquarium
Granville Island ©
Granville Island

1
day
Montreal

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 21st (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame Basilica, get a new perspective on nature at Biodome de Montreal, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Montreal road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Vancouver to Montreal takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Vancouver to Montreal. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Vancouver in December, with highs in Montreal at -1°C and lows at -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Quebec City.

Things to do in Montreal

Historic Sites Museums
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Notre-Dame Basilica ©
Notre-Dame Basilica
Biodome de Montreal ©
Biodome de Montreal
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal ©

15
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.
Kids will enjoy Place Royale and Musee de la civilisation. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre (in Sainte Anne de Beaupre), La Vallee Secrete (in Saint-Raymond) and Valcartier Vacation Village (in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quebec, explore the world behind art at Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec (MNBAQ), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, and steep yourself in history at Morrin Centre.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Quebec City trip planner .

Traveling by car from Montreal to Quebec City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Le Chemin de La Liseuse, Valcartier Vacation Village, Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Station de Ski Mont-Orignal, Miller Zoo
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Old Quebec ©
Old Quebec
Place Royale ©
Place Royale

3
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.
Ottawa is known for museums, trails, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Parliament Hill and Buildings, explore the fascinating landscape at Gingerbread Man, hike along Rideau Canal, and see the interesting displays at Canadian Museum of Nature.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ottawa travel planner .

You can fly from Quebec City to Ottawa in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Ottawa are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Canadian Museum of Nature ©
Canadian Museum of Nature
Parliament Hill and Buildings ©
Parliament Hill and Buildings
National Gallery of Canada ©
National Gallery of Canada

4
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 Royal Ontario Museum. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Casa Loma, get your game on at Backyard Axe Throwing League, engage your brain at Ontario Science Centre, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Distillery District.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Toronto tour itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ottawa to Toronto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Ottawa in January, expect Toronto to be somewhat warmer, temps between -1°C and -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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CN Tower
CN Tower
Toronto Zoo ©
Toronto Zoo
Ontario Science Centre ©
Ontario Science Centre

3
nights
Niagara Falls

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Niagara SkyWheel and Bird Kingdom. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls, find something for the whole family at Clifton Hill, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skylon Tower.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Niagara Falls travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Toronto to Niagara Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Niagara Falls, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Niagara SkyWheel ©
Niagara SkyWheel
Bird Kingdom ©
Bird Kingdom

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