Canada Itinerary Ideas

Few places in the world boast such epic outdoors as Canada, a country as culturally diverse as it is scenically beautiful. Still, traveling to Canada can present a big challenge, with the vastness of its landscapes seemingly overwhelming. In such a sprawling land stretching from one ocean to the other, how do you travel in comfort and safety? Well, one way is to use Inspirock’s free Canada trip planner to create an experience suited to your interests and budget. Before you do that, browse the sample itineraries below, designed to give you a sense of what you can see and do in Canada.

The Classic Road Trip Canada Itinerary

Icefields Parkway by: Marc Evans (CC)
Icefields Parkway by: Marc Evans (CC)

Here’s one reason why you shouldn’t be frightened to visit such a big country as Canada: an outstanding network of roads, tailor-made for classic road trips. Traveling by car is arguably the best way to experience the country’s rugged coastlines, massive mountains, and modern cities offering great shopping, dining, and entertainment. And, of course, you get to do it all on your own schedule. This comprehensive itinerary takes 3 weeks and leads you on an east-to-west journey, from Quebec City to Vancouver. You could spend you entire vacation exploring just those two cities, getting from one to the other by airplane. But if you did that, you’d miss some of Canada’s grandest attractions, like Niagara Falls and Icefields Parkway. It really does pay to drive in Canada.

Before you put the pedal to the metal, browse this 3-week Canada itinerary:

The Best of Maritime Canada Itinerary

Lobster traps, Bay of Fundy by: minnimouseaunt (CC)
Lobster traps, Bay of Fundy by: minnimouseaunt (CC)

What exactly are the Canadian Maritimes and why would you want to see them? This part of the country includes three eastern provinces—New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia—and features a rugged coastline dotted with many sandy beaches, pretty bays, dramatic cliffs, and probably some of the friendliest little towns in the world. It’s really a land apart from the rest of Canada, with awe-inspiring scenery dominated by the sea and a network of nearly empty roads. This 2-week itinerary also includes Newfoundland and Labrador, another Atlantic province. You’ll begin in Halifax, a hip city with literally hundreds of restaurants and pubs. It’s an ideal base for exploring the rest of the region, including the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tidal changes in the world, and L’Anse Aux Meadows, where Vikings lived centuries before Columbus discovered the New World.

Look for more places to see on this 2-week Canada itinerary:

The Wild North Canada Itinerary

Yukon by: Bo Mertz (CC)
Yukon by: Bo Mertz (CC)

Canada’s great northern wilderness: it’s a giant slice of the country, and it simply cannot be ignored. This unspoiled area is also staggeringly rich in plant and animal life—something like a giant nature park designed for those who crave outdoor adventures. You’ll find plenty of good roads here too, so don’t be put off by the amount of space this region takes up on your map. Begin in Winnipeg, low-key, artsy, and pleasant. From there, you can go to Churchill, called the “Polar Bear Capital of the World” because those big white creatures you’ve seen in commercials actually live there. If you prefer to avoid a close encounter with bears, skip Churchill and head for Prince Rupert, a charming port town that serves as a major hub for whale-watching tours.

Bears, whales, and beyond on this 2-week Canada itinerary:

Getting to Know Canada

So, how can you get to know Canada? Surprisingly easy, actually. Use our free Canada trip planner to create a personalized adventure around North America’s biggest country. Make it as long or as short as you wish, including only the places you really want to see. Given Canada’s size, you definitely won’t cover everything in a single trip, but even choosing just a few top destinations rewards you with a deeper appreciation for the country’s historical and natural wonders.

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