Traveling Canada in three weeks is a tight but manageable schedule.
Depending on where you’re flying to, it is recommended to start on either the east or west coast.
You won’t be able to see it all, but keep reading for the best way to travel Canada in three weeks.
Flying into Vancouver is a perfect way to start as it is a major international hub. The host of the 2010 Olympic Games is a culturally rich and inviting start to your journey.
Venture about half an hour out of the city and you’ll come across Capilano Suspension Bridge, complete with a Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk.
Take a scheduled bus or rent a car and hop the ferry across to beautiful Victoria on Vancouver Island and you’ll find a more relaxed and laid back experience. At a price, you can also rent a seaplane to cross over to Victoria. Spend a night and visit the British Columbia Legislature Building and stroll along the scenic waterfront of the Inner Harbour.
Once back on the mainland, you can take a the VIA Rail train heading to Kamloops, or rented car east into inner British Columbia and make a stop in Kelowna. I would recommend the car, as it gives you more freedom to explore the breathtaking scenery of BC and onwards to the Rocky Mountains at your leisure.
Kelowna is home to the famous Ogopogo and outstanding Canadian wine. Take a wine tour, or pick and choose wineries at your leisure. Summerhill Winery is a unique vineyard and is famous for its pyramid-shaped wine cellar,
The drive from here and into the Rocky Mountains is a memorable one. There are many small towns on the way you may wish to stop at, or drive right through to Banff National Park.
Banff is a stunning small town within the park wedged between the mountains. While here, walk the main street and browse the many unique shops. Dine at the famous Grizzly House – known for its exotic fondue choices – and spend the evening in the comforting Banff hot springs marveling at the view. The outdoor enthusiasts can find any activity – hiking, mountain biking, skiing, cave exploring, and even dog sledding (options are season-dependent). It is certainly worth taking a couple days in the mountains.
The prairies of Alberta are next on your journey through Canada. The Heart of the New West features the world class Calgary Zoo that both children and family will enjoy. Explore the small downtown core on foot and see a mixture of museums, buildings old and new, then view it all from the top of the Calgary Tower.
If you are lucky enough to be traveling through during the ten days each year that the Calgary Stampede is on, make sure you spend a day enjoying the wild food, wild rides, expansive exhibitions, and the exciting chuckwagon races.
Take a VIA Rail train or your car east towards Toronto, Ontario. This buzzing metropolis is known as the unofficial capital of Canada thanks in part to its many famous sports teams.
Toronto has many cultural finds such as museums, beaches, parks, and more that can all be experienced for free. You can also purchase the highly recommended CityPass for $64CAD. This pass allows you access to the best attractions like the CN Tower, Casa Loma, the Toronto Zoo and more all for free!
You can settle in here at a hotel and take day trips out as there is much to see in this area.
Next on your list should be Niagara Falls. Known for the magnificent waterfalls, Niagara on the Lake is also a beautiful town. In the summer many outdoor festivals are held here. The small streets are filled with beautiful old buildings that are architectural gems. Take a thrilling ride into the mist and power of the falls on one of the cruise ships and see the falls up close, it is an experience like no other.
While there, you can stop and taste the top icewine in the world at Niagara’s wineries. Niagara can be a day trip, or a place spent over night depending on your time constraints.
On your way back from Niagara Falls, you can check out the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at the Hamilton Airport. It hosts many military jets and propeller planes, and a walkthrough would take about 2 hours.
As your trip continues eastward, take some time and see Montreal. Part of the French-speaking province of Quebec, it has a very different feel than the rest of the country. One of the first areas to be settled, the city looks very European, based on its architecture and older buildings. Walk around the streets and visit Notre-Dame Basilica and Old Montreal which has a lot of French charm. The city is pedestrian and bike-friendly and is filled with museums.
Almost as far east as you can travel in Canada, Saint John on the Bay of Fundy offers both urban attractions along with the natural beauty of the coast. Eat stunning Atlantic lobster in almost any restaurant as you stroll the historic streets with stunning urban architecture.
The Bay of Fundy has a lot to offer for nature lovers – cave exploring at low tide, zip lining and a majestic nature park. The real attraction is the hundred billion tons of water that pour in and out of the bay, and is a twice-daily phenomenon that shouldn’t be missed.
However you travel Canada, know that there is so much to be seen. Spending time on one coast or the other. Excited and prepared travelers can certainly see all of Canada in three weeks. It is a country where the beauty, people, food, and culture will stay with you for a lifetime.
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