Published: 11/19/20|November 19th, 2020
Covering 9,306 km (5,780 miles) and 6 time zones, Canada is the second-largest nation on the planet. It’s house to rugged shorelines, large grassy fields, thick boreal forests, towering range of mountains, and upwards of 2 million lakes.
However what makes Canada unique is its individuals. It’s a location that accepts its variety which motivates individuals to be friendly, caring, and respectful.
Due to its plus size, however, taking a trip throughout Canada can be a little tough. Domestic flights are excessively pricey due to low competitors and, beyond the eastern part, trains do not go lots of locations.
That indicates if you truly wish to see Canada, you require to drive.
To assist you explore this fantastic nation, Chris Oldfield, our Canadian team member, assisted develop this recommended schedule for a one-month trip. It’s jam-packed, given that you have actually got a great deal of ground to cover. Nevertheless, it’s likewise not too hurried (though you can quickly extend this out to 6 or 8 weeks too).
( Note: Canada is big, and there are lots of paths and schedules you can take. This one is by no ways detailed however rather suggested to provide you an excellent summary and intro to the primary cities and sights.)
Days 1-3: Vancouver, BC
Begin your experience in Vancouver, among my preferred Canadian cities. It’s tucked in between the ocean and the mountains, making it a paradise for anybody who enjoys the outdoors.
It’s likewise the third-largest city in Canada, so there’s plenty to see and do while you’re here. There’s a fantastic food lover scene here too.
Here are a couple of tips to assist you begin your journey off right:
- Go To Granville Island— Granville Island is a shopping district in the middle of the city. It’s likewise a center for foodies. Check out the general public market, get a beer at Granville Island Developing Business, and roam the cool stores. There are likewise galleries, some carrying out arts locations, and all sort of occasions and celebrations held here too!
- Delight in the view from Grouse Mountain— Trip the gondola to the top, where you can delight in the view over the metropolitan area and mountains. There are great deals of routes for treking in the summer season and areas for snowboarding and snowboarding in the winter season. You can likewise trek to the top (which takes 1.5– 2 hours) and after that take the gondola down for simply $15 CAD.
- Unwind in Stanley Park— Found in the heart of the city, this massive park (a 400-hectare natural tropical rain forest) is a best location to leave the pressure of downtown. Its waterside course right on the Pacific is a good location to opt for a walk, swim, or bike trip. There are likewise sports fields here and over 20km of routes.
- Stroll the Capilano Suspension Bridge— This 450-foot long suspension bridge stands 230 feet high and uses views of the surrounding forests and routes. I do not enjoy heights, however it deserves it for the view! Tickets are $54 CAD.
For more tips, here’s a detailed list of things to see and do in Vancouver.
Where to Stay
- Cambie Hostel Gastown— Found in the historical Gastown district, this hostel has comfy beds, a little typical space for hanging out, and access to The Cambie, the hostel’s bar.
- HI Vancouver Downtown— Tucked into a quieter part of town, Hello There Vancouver Downtown remains in an excellent place for checking out the popular Granville and Davie Streets, which provide a lot of cafés, bars, clubs, dining establishments, and shopping.
- Samesun Vancouver— With relaxing pod beds, tidy restrooms, a completely geared up kitchen area, and complimentary breakfast (consisting of eggs and hot cereal), this is my preferred hostel in the city.
Day 4-5: Whistler, BC
Found 90 minutes from Vancouver, Whistler is house to among the biggest ski resorts in The United States and Canada. If you’re going to throughout the winter season, make certain to strike the slopes.
In the summer season, there are lots of outside activities to delight in such as hiking, swimming, biking, zip-lining, and bear watching. There’s likewise a 4.4 km peak-to-peak gondola where you can delight in the sensational mountain vistas that cover the area.
Days 6-8: Banff National Forest, AB
Next, head east to Banff National forest. It’s an 8.5-hour drive, so you can break it up with a remain in Kamloops or simply muscle through in one go.
Banff is house to 2 of Canada’s most attractive (and most Instagrammed) areas: Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. They are extremely popular sights, so arrive early to beat the crowds.
Beyond snapping some Insta-worthy shots, there is a lot of treking to enjoy in the surrounding mountains. It’s a lovely location to unwind in a rustic lodge or cabin or go outdoor camping (you can lease camping equipment if you do not have any).
Make sure to invest a long time in the town of Banff too. It’s a touristy resort town however it’s likewise incredibly charming and lovely.
For outdoor camping, you can utilize this government website to reserve a website in the park.
Note: If you have more than a month for your journey, think about a drop in Jasper National forest prior to heading to Banff. It’s an additional nine-hour drive from Whistler however the natural appeal here is jaw-dropping (seriously, google “Jasper National forest”– it’s sensational!).
Days 9-10: Calgary, AB
Calgary, an often-overlooked location, is simply 90 minutes from Banff and worth investing a couple days in. It’s a cosmopolitan city with a rough and wild cowboy beauty to it. There abounds hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, rafting, and camping all close by. And the city itself is among the liveliest in Canada, particularly throughout the Calgary Stampede in July, which brings in 10s of countless individuals from all over the world.
Here are a couple of things to see and do throughout your go to:
- Go To the Calgary Stampede— The Calgary Stampede is a yearly rodeo. Anticipate chuckwagon races, bull riding, performances, carnival trips, and unlimited reasonable food (deep-fried butter, anybody?). Tickets begin at $18 CAD.
- Go To Fish Creek Provincial Park— Fish Creek sits along the Bow River and is ideal for strolling, biking, and rollerblading. In the summer season, individuals come here to fish, swim, and barbecue. It’s an enjoyable, unwinding location to get some workout and delight in the weather condition.
- Go brewery-hopping— Calgary has a big variety of brewpubs and little craft breweries. Resident Developing Business, Cold Garden Drink Business, and Big Rock are a few of my favorites. You can take brewery trips for around $25 CAD or do a brewery trip for around $90 CAD.
- Take in the view from Calgary Tower— Integrated in 1967, the Calgary Tower celebrates Canada’s Centennial. From the top, it uses a continuous view of the Rocky Mountains. The observation deck has a glass flooring that includes an additional excitement to your go to (if you like heights, that is). Tickets are $18 CAD.
For more tips, check out my comprehensive free guide to Calgary!
Where to Stay
- HI Calgary City Centre— This is the very best hostel in the city. It’s recently remodelled, has a full-equipped kitchen area, consists of towels, and the beds are comfortable.
If the hostel is scheduled, usageAirbnb Make sure to book beforehand if you’ll be here for the Stampede.
Days 11-12: Regina, SK
Found 7 hours east of Calgary, Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan, is called after Queen Victoria (regina is Latin for “queen”). The province is extremely flat and controlled by farmland– which is why it’s typically neglected.
House to under 240,000 individuals, Regina is a little city that deserves a fast go to. Here are some recommended things to see and do while you’re here:
- Go To the Royal Saskatchewan Museum— This nature museum was opened in 1906 and is house to the world’s biggest T. rex cast in addition to an informative exhibit on Canada’s First Nations. It’s an instructional location to go to if you’re taking a trip with kids.
- Enjoy the Roughriders— The CFL (Canada’s response to the NFL) is popular here as Regina is house to among the league’s finest groups, the Roughriders. If you’re going to in between June and November, capture a video game at Mosaic Arena and get rowdy with the residents! Tickets begin at $32 CAD.
- Explore the Legal Structure— The Saskatchewan Legal Structure was integrated in 1912. It’s a National Historic Website and Heritage Residential or commercial property and is house to among the tables utilized by the Daddies of Confederation when they prepared their strategies to develop a joined Canada. Take a directed trip (they last around thirty minutes) and learn more about the province’s history.
Days 13-14: Winnipeg, MB
Winnipeg is among Canada’s up-and-coming locations. The capital of Manitoba, it lies 6 hours from Regina and is house to a blossoming food scene. There’s likewise a growing arts and culture neighborhood here too.
While it’s understood for its severe winter seasons, Winnipeg has actually been striving to progress into a first-rate city. Gradually however certainly, it’s being successful. Come by for a day or more and take a look at a few of the city’s finest sights:
- See the Canadian Museum for Human Rights— This museum highlights the crises and advancement of human rights in Canada and around the world. Opened in 2008, it’s the only nationwide museum beyond Ottawa.
- Enjoy heaven Bombers— For more CFL action, capture a Blue Bombers video game. The group was established in 1930 and is among the very best in the league.
- Check Out the Forks National Historic Website— This city park is a peaceful location to check out or have a picnic. At the crossway of 2 rivers, it was traditionally substantial for trade in between native individuals and Europeans, with human settlement returning as far as 6,000 years.
- Go To the Royal Canadian Mint— If you’re a collector or are simply curious how coins are made, come by the mint. It’s made over 55 billion coins for 75 various nations. Over 1,000 coins are made every 2nd here! Trips are $8 CAD.
Days 15-16: Thunder Bay, ON
Time to head to Ontario! It’s an eight-hour drive, so you can stop along the method to separate the journey (there are lots of parks, camping areas, and villages you can remain in along the method).
Stashed on the edge of Lake Superior, Thunder Bay is among the most significant cities in Northern Ontario. It’s simply an hour from the United States border and is among the sunniest cities in Eastern Canada.
Here are some things to see and do while you’re here:
- See the Terry Fox Monolith— In 1980, cancer-survivor Terry Fox set out to stumble upon Canada to raise cash for cancer research study. He did so on simply one leg (he lost the other to cancer). He handled to run for 143 days directly (5,373 km, or 3,339 miles) prior to his cancer returned and he needed to abort his mission.
- Go treking in Sleeping Giant— Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is found on Lake Superior and uses 80km of treking routes, consisting of both brief day walkings and multi-day paths.
- Go To Fort William Historic Park— This park is where the rebuilt Fort William lies, a fur trading post from 1816. There’s a conventional blacksmith, cooper, and canoe home builder, and you can engage with stars playing the different individuals you would have fulfilled here in the 19th century.
Days 17-19: Algonquin Provincial Park, ON
It’s time to avoid all of it and invest a long time in nature. Algonquin Provincial Park covers a massive 7,653 square kilometers (2,955 square miles) and is house to black bears, moose, foxes, beavers, wolves, and all sort of birds and plants.
There are numerous various camping areas in the park, lots of treking routes, and over 1,500 lakes (it’s huge!). You can likewise lease canoes and kayaks to check out and go deeper into the park. Multi-day portages are possible too.
Even if you’re a beginner camper and do not have equipment, you’ll have the ability to lease what you require to have a pleasurable, unwinding trip for under $50 CAD daily.
Days 20-23: Toronto, ON
Set down on the coast of Lake Ontario simply a couple hours south of the park, Toronto is typically thought about the New York of Canada. While it does not have the beauty of cities like Vancouver or Montreal, it’s the nation’s most significant, most varied city. In truth, given that 50% of the population is foreign-born, it’s thought about among the most varied cities on the planet.
There’s a heap to see and do here. Here are a couple of tips to assist you start:
- Go To the CN Tower— The renowned CN Tower stands 550m high and is a component of Toronto’s horizon. It uses scenic views, shopping, and 360-degree dining in its (pricey) dining establishment. If the weather condition is good (and you have some additional money to invest), you can likewise stroll along the external edge of the tower. It’s touristy and pricey however enjoyable!
- Unwind on Toronto Island— Invest an economical day at Toronto Island Park and delight in the beach, play beach ball, have a picnic, and take in the view of the city from the water.
- Go To the ROM— The Royal Ontario Museum has countless artifacts and specimens topped 20 displays. There are display screens on dinosaurs, ancient China, native Canadians, middle ages Europe, ancient Egypt, and more. It’s the very best museum in the area and an enjoyable location for kids and grownups alike!
- Struck the beach— The beaches near Lake Ontario are a peaceful method to invest the day throughout the damp summer season. You can walk along the boardwalk, consume at among the lots of dining establishments, or lease a boat and go out on the lake. A few of the very best beaches are Cherry, Woodbine, and Centre Island.
- Wander Kensington Market— This bohemian community uses a diverse mix of alternative dining establishments and stores. It gets rather busy in the summer season, and there are typically complimentary performances too. It is among my preferred locations to roam around!
For more tips in addition to money-saving ideas, check out my free guide to Toronto!
Days 24-26: Ottawa, ON
Next, head east to Canada’s capital. While Ottawa does not get the love that cities like Toronto and Montreal do, it’s absolutely still a city worth going to– particularly if you’re a history enthusiast like me!
Found 4 hours from Toronto, it’s has lots of historical structures and museums, and is simply a brief walk from Québec (Canada’s French-speaking province).
Here’s what I would concentrate on in Ottawa throughout your stay:
- Roam the Byward Market— This huge market has lots of dining establishments, stores, and outdoor stalls. There is a lot taking place throughout the year, though in the summer season it’s busy with fresh fruit and vegetables and lots of regional craftsmens. If you’re trying to find a keepsake or simply wish to people-watch, this is the location!
- Go To the Canadian Museum of Civilization— While technically not in Ottawa (it’s throughout the river in Québec), this first-rate museum is among the very best in all of Canada. It does a fantastic task of showcasing Canada’s whole history, consisting of some informative exhibits on Very first Countries. There are great deals of kid-friendly displays too. This museum should not be missed out on!
- Attempt a beaver tail— These are not real beaver tails, do not stress! They’re scrumptious desserts looking like a flat donut, made from fried dough and covered in all sorts of sweet garnishes. They’re a must!
- Go To the Canadian War Museum— Canada is referred to as a tranquil country, however it’s been associated with its reasonable share of disputes too. This museum does an exceptional task of highlighting Canada’s military history. It has shows on both world wars in addition to contemporary disputes Canada has actually been participated in.
- Skate on the Rideau Canal— Every winter season, the Rideau Canal is frozen over and developed into a huge skating rink that goes for miles (it’s the longest skating rink on the planet). If you’re going to throughout the winter season, you can lease skates for around $20 CAD if you do not have your own.
Where to Stay
- Ottawa Backpackers Hostel— This easygoing hostel has a few of the most inexpensive lodging in the city. The dormitories are large, it’s social, and it’s ideal near the Byward Market.
- HI Ottawa Jail Hostel— This hostel lies in a previous prison. The spaces are little (they’re previous cells), however it’s an exceptionally special area– and a little creepy too!
Days 27-30: Montreal, QC
Montreal is among the biggest French-speaking cities on the planet. Simply 2 hours from Ottawa, it lies in Canada’s only French-speaking province, Québec.
Personally, I believe it is among the very best cities in Canada. The Old Town appears like something right out of middle ages France, and the French-inspired food and diverse night life (particularly allure clubs) leave little bit to do not like.
Here are my tips for things to see and do while you’re here:
- Wander Old Montreal— This is the most appealing part of town. It has actually cobblestone streets, and its historical gray-stone structures go back to the 1700s. A few of the city’s finest museums and art galleries (such as the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History) are here too.
- Walking Mount Royal— For a view over Montreal, raise Mount Royal (after which the city is called). You can likewise jog, picnic, or simply people-watch around the park too. It’s a peaceful green area.
- Go To the Notre-Dame Basilica— This 17th-century Gothic Revival basilica has double towers that are similar to Notre-Dame in Paris. Its interior is sensational and loaded with spiritual paintings, vibrant stained glass windows, and gold-leaf decor. There’s likewise a 7,000-pipe organ. A 60-minute trip expenses $15 CAD.
- See the Museum of Arts— This big museum has more than 43,000 masterpieces. There are both long-term galleries and turning exhibits, so there’s constantly something brand-new to see. Admission is $24 CAD.
For more tips, in addition to money-saving ideas, take a look at my guide to Montreal!
Where to Stay
- HI Montreal— HI Montreal is simply a two-minute walk from the city, uses both dorms and personal spaces, and has a swimming pool table. There’s likewise complimentary breakfast and everyday activities, consisting of bike trips, strolls, a club crawl, and even poutine tastings!
- Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal— Found in the historical location of town and a brief jaunt to the town hall, it has a diverse and artistic ambiance. Free breakfast is consisted of, and there are a lot of typical locations for unwinding and satisfying other tourists.
With a month at hand, you’ll have the ability to experience most of Canada’s sights and cities without needing to hurry. And, with an extra 10-21 days, you can include more of Québec and the Maritimes, Canada’s rugged and attractive east coast.
Canada is such a huge, varied landscape. It genuinely has something for everybody. While this schedule just covers a part of Canada, it does provide you a peek into simply how incredible it is.
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