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Mountains, forests, and lakes in the Rockies
How Many Days to Spend in Canada

When planning a trip to Canada, two weeks is an ideal amount of time to visit multiple regions or immerse yourself in one province, getting to know the area well. Alternatively, If you're strapped for time, one week is plenty to visit two, even three provinces in the Maritimes. And with only five days, you can choose a highlights tour of one or two cities, like Ottawa and Montréal or Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Learn about the flora and fauna of Alberta's Jasper National Park on a cruise over Maligne Lake
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5 Days in Canada - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With five days in Canada, you can explore Alberta's incredible nature on a Banff and Jasper National Parks tour or head north to roam the snow-covered landscapes and chase the northern lights on a wild Yukon trip. City lovers will love splitting their time between Québec City and Montréal, while those looking for a mix of city and nature can focus their time on the bustling streets and stunning landscapes of Toronto.

Visit Lake Moraine on an itinerary that touches Alberta's Banff National Park
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6 Days in Canada - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Depending on your preferred pace, you can visit up to four destinations in Canada in six days. A scenic, fast-paced train journey brings you to the eastern cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Québec City, and Montréal, while a self-drive in the Rocky Mountains takes you hiking in Banff National Park. For a wintry trip, search for the northern lights in Whitehorse or visit the German Christmas Market in French-speaking Québec City. Foodies and nature lovers will enjoy an itinerary that explores Vancouver and Victoria.

Feel the mist and hear the thunder of Niagara Falls' Horseshoe Falls on a eastern Canada itinerary
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1 Week in Canada - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Explore the Canadian Rockies via train in one week, covering destinations such as Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, and Jasper. Or, concentrate on the country's city culture in Toronto and Ottawa and the food scene in the culinary capital of Montréal. Swap out trains for cars on a self-drive tour with an additional visit to Mont-Tremblant for an action-packed itinerary. British Columbia is another road trip hotspot as you cover destinations such as Kelowna, Whistler, Ucluelet, and Victoria, with the chance to spot wild bears and whales.

On a road trip of British Columbia you can seek out First Nations' totem poles on Vancouver Island
8 Days in Canada - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In eight days, you can experience urban and outdoor activities in two Canadian provinces. Nature lovers can kayak in Jacques-Cartier National Park and trek through a rainforest on Vancouver Island. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot elk on an Alberta safari and go whale watching in British Columbia. Tasting tours through Montréal's Mile End and Toronto's Kensington Market will satisfy foodies, and travelers keen on culture can learn about First Nations through museum exhibits and interactive workshops.

Spirit Island, located in Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, is one of the most photographed spots in the Canadian Rockies
9 Days in Canada - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

You can visit up to six destinations in Canada in nine days. A road trip from Calgary to British Columbia's Pacific coast stops in Banff and Jasper, while a fast-paced train journey brings you to the eastern cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Québec City, and Montréal. Active travelers should add kayaking and hiking in Kelowna. For a summer adventure, visit Vancouver's national parks and go whale watching, and for winter activities, search for the northern lights in the Yukon and Northern Territories.

Take to Grands-Jardins National Park to hike amid forests of balsam and black spruce and spot wildlife like moose and beavers
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10 Days in Canada - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Explore the best of Canada's west coast in 10 days, covering destinations like Vancouver, Whistler, and lakes Louise and Moraine, or add visits to Banff, Jasper, and Kamloops to your self-drive itinerary through the Canadian Rockies. For something unique, tack on three nights to view the northern lights from Whitehorse. Swap the west coast for the east and combine a train journey with a self-drive tour through Montréal, Mont-Tremblant, and Québec City or opt for skiing, dogsledding, and ice skating in La Mauricie National Park.

Amble the streets of historic Québec City to admire beautiful Château Frontenac
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2 Weeks in Canada - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In two weeks, you can visit five destinations of one or two provinces, like Banff, Jasper, Kamloops, and Vancouver, on a west coast road trip. Swap the roads for the rail through British Columbia, adding Winnipeg and northern Churchill, Manitoba, to the mix. Or, discover Toronto and Ottawa and the food scene in Montréal, Québec City, and Charlevoix of Eastern Canada. Alternatively, seek wildlife and nature in Québec on a bear spotting and whale watching excursion, or consider hiking in the Rockies and the Okanagan Valley and enjoy the sights of Yoho National Park.