If you’re looking for an adventure of a lifetime, then spending 10 days in Canada is the perfect way to do it! From exploring the lush green forests and picturesque mountains to discovering unique cities and cultures – your time in Canada will be packed with experiences that you will never forget. And, we have included seven 10 days in Canada itinerary options to suit every traveler.
Whether you’re after some leisurely sightseeing or want to get your adrenaline pumping with exciting activities, we got you covered!
10 days in Canada Itinerary (7 samples): Planning your trip
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Now, Canada is HUGE! It is the second largest country by area and there is a lot to cover in a short 10-day trip. To make the most of your visit, we have combined different cities and nearby regions.
Most of the Canada itineraries listed in this guide have a good blend of nature and culture. If you prefer to skip the cities and just concentrate on the national and provincial parks then feel free to alter them to suit your personal taste.
In order to kickstart your 10-day Canada itinerary, consider the arrival airport as it will determine your sightseeing agenda.
Each of the suggested airports below will provide car rental options that you can hire to explore the country and drop it off at a nearby location (or another province aka state, if you prefer).
Popular international airports to fly into (frequency and availability of flights option)
- Toronto, Ontario (YYZ, busiest in the country)
- Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR, one of the most popular on the west coast)
- Calgary, Alberta (YYC, for exploring the Canadian Rockies and nearby)
Other airports to make connections on, depending on your Canada road trip itinerary are – Montreal (AirCanada hub), Edmonton, and Saskatoon (for Prairie’s sightseeing).
Sightseeing when in Canada, is best done by renting a car. This will allow you to cover cities and parks with ease. All of our national parks have an entry fee which can be paid for online, or at the gate (per adult, per vehicle, or family rates are available).
Most of our larger cities have an efficient public transportation network consisting of LRTs (Light Rail Transit), and buses. This is one of the cheapest ways to explore a city, plus you will also find walking and sightseeing food tours as well.
Popular national parks such as Banff, also offer shuttles and transit buses to get to various attractions (such as the ROAM bus).
Now, that we have got the travel basics out of the way, let’s dive into the Canada itinerary samples (we will share more travel tips with regards to visa, safety, budget, etc. towards the end of the post).
10 days in Canadian Rockies Itinerary: Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Yoho, Jasper, and Edmonton
- Day 1: Arrive in Calgary and spend one-day sightseeing. Pick up a rental car from the airport
- Day 2: Drive to Banff National Park with a stop in Canmore
- Day 3: Explore Banff town
- Day 4: Day trip to explore lakes – Vermillion Lakes, Two Jack Lake, short hike Minnewanka trail, Minnewanka Lake, and cruise
- Day 5: Moraine Lake (early hours), and Yoho National Park
- Day 6: Explore Lake Louise
- Day 7: Drive the Icefields Parkway towards Jasper National Park to the Athabasca Glacier
- Day 8 – 9: Jasper National Park
- Day 10: Explore Edmonton
This 10-day Canada itinerary covers the BEST of the Rockies – checking off 3 national parks – Banff, Jasper, and Yoho, as well as 2 of the popular cities in the province of Alberta!
Day 1: Calgary
Kick start your Canada itinerary by arriving at the Calgary international airport. Plan to spend one day in Calgary downtown and explore the city highlights.
Top attractions include – Calgary Tower (ride to the top to soak in views of downtown and nearby areas), Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary Fort, Peace Bridge, and more.
You can pick up the car rental the same day or the next day before heading to Banff.
For hotels, consider staying in Downtown Calgary for sightseeing (you can walk to various sites or opt for a hotel by the airport if picking up your rental on day 1).
Day 2: Canmore and Banff National Park
On Day 2, hit the road and drive towards Banff National Park with a stop in Canmore along the way.
Once you arrive in Canmore, enjoy a stroll at the Policeman’s Creek, town centre and grab a nice lunch at one of the local cafes.
Next, drive to Banff town, and check in to your hotel. Wander Banff Avenue, grab a coffee, and check off some of the popular Banff photography spots.
In the evening, head to a restaurant with views such as Juniper and enjoy a lovely dinner.
Day 3: Explore Banff town
After breakfast, it is time to check off all the cool things in Banff National Park. Hit the Banff welcome sign, ride the Banff Gondola to take in the views from the Sulphur Mountain (spend 2 hours), and Bow Falls, and go for a walk downtown Banff for lunch.
Other popular attractions to visit include Cascade of Time Gardens and Cave and Basin Historic Site.
If interested, soak in the warm waters of Banff Hot Springs in the evening.
Day 4: Day trip to explore lakes from Banff
On day 4, venture out for a day trip to explore the beautiful lakes of Banff National Park. Take a drive along Vermillion Lakes and Two Jack Lake with a short hike on the Minnewanka trail and enjoy a scenic cruise across Minnewanka Lake.
Day 5: Moraine Lake and Yoho National Park (day trip)
Head to the prettiest Moraine Lake in the early hours. This is super important so that you can find a good parking spot, go on a short hike and enjoy the drive. Access to Moraine Lake is open during the warmer months only.
From there drive to Yoho National Park (30 min drive from Moraine Lake). You can break for lunch in the town of Field, and explore the Natural Bridge over the Kicking Horse River, Emerald Lake, and Takakkaw Falls. Access to most of the attractions in Yoho is open all year round.
Tip: If you are unable to make it to Moraine Lake, you can head straight to Yoho National Park and spend an entire day there.
Alternatively, you can split your time between Yoho/Field and Golden BC.
At the Golden SkyBridge, you can enjoy suspension bridges, zip lining, axe throwing, and ride Canada’s largest and fastest mountain coaster! (spend 2-4 hours/half a day).
Day 6: Explore Lake Louise (day trip or stay overnight in Lake Louise)
Spend a day at the majestic Lake Louise. Enjoy a lovely stroll by the lakeside, in the summers you can rent a canoe and hit the Lake Agnes Tea House trail.
In the afternoon, relax with high tea at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
In the winter months, you can still go on winter hikes, have afternoon tea, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow, or ice skating. If interested, you can also add a visit to the Lake Louise Ski Resort.
Day 7: Icefields Parkway
Enjoy a drive on one of the most scenic routes in Canada – Icefields Parkway, starting from Lake Louise to Jasper National Park. You can stop at the Athabasca Glacier (for a guided tour), or check off places like the Sunwapta Falls along the way.
Arrive in Jasper National Park and stay overnight for the next 3 days.
Day 8 – 9: Jasper National Park
Start your day with a lovely breakfast in Jasper town, and then make your way to two of the beautiful lakes – Patricia and Pyramid Lakes. Enjoy kayaking on Patricia Lake, horseback riding in the meadows, and mountain biking along the trails.
There are hikes that you can enjoy in each (and they are open all year round). You can also spend a day at Maligne Lake, and take a cruise to see the Spirit Island (seasonal activity).
More sightseeing and easy trails are available at the Athabasca Falls, and Maligne Canyon (in the winter you can also enjoy ice walks here).
For wildlife enthusiasts, there’s the chance to spot grizzlies, moose, and elk in their natural habitat.
At night, relax at one of Jasper’s cozy lodges or campgrounds and enjoy some stargazing – with no light pollution here, you’re sure to have a magical experience!
Day 10: Edmonton
On day 10, make your way to Alberta’s capital city. It will be a 4 hour drive to get here from Jasper.
You can visit the Alberta Legislature Building, river valley, and the West Edmonton Mall (one of the largest in the country), before bidding adieu to Canada.
Free sample: Canadian Rockies Road Trip Itinerary
10 days in British Columbia and Alberta: Vancouver, Whistler, Banff, Lake Louise, Yoho, Calgary
- Day 1 – 2: Arrive in Vancouver and spend 2 nights
- Day 4: Whistler
- Day 5: Kamloops (1 night)
- Day 6 – 7: Lake Louise and Yoho National Park
- Day 8 – 9: Banff National Park
- Day 10: Calgary, car drop off and fly
This Canada 10-day itinerary begins in Vancouver, in the province of British Columbia. From BC’s cities and towns, it takes you to Alberta and the Rockies. We will outline the main spots to visit on this 10-day road trip.
Day 1 – 2: Arrive in Vancouver and spend 2 nights
Start your 10-day Canadian adventure in Vancouver! Spend two nights exploring this vibrant city, taking a stroll along the Stanley Park Seawall, admiring the views from Grouse Mountain, Chinatown, and Canada Place, and sampling delicious cuisine.
Set aside a few hours to visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and the Lynn Canyon in north Vancouver on day 2. You can read our full 2 days in Vancouver itinerary here
Day 4: Whistler
The next morning, explore Whistler. You can arrive here by car, tour, or shuttle bus from the Vancouver Airport.
Enjoy a day of outdoor activities at this picturesque mountain resort town – get on the Blackcomb (by cable car), hit hiking or biking trails, wander the cute town centre and indulge in delicious food!
Day 5: Kamloops
On day 5, you’ll drive to Kamloops. Whistler to Kamloops is a 4.25-hour drive, you can stop for lunch, and then continue driving to Lake Lousie. Stay overnight here.
Alternatively, you can also make a detour to Wells Gray Park in Clearwater BC (a 1.50-hour drive from Kamloops), and after exploring stay overnight in Kamloops.
Day 6 – 7: Lake Louise and Yoho National Park
Day 6, takes you to Lake Louise – the ideal spot for some peaceful sightseeing and a few hikes along the surrounding trails.
Afterward, spend the next day exploring Yoho National Park’s stunning natural scenery, taking a ride on the historic Spiral Tunnels, or simply relaxing in your picturesque surroundings.
Day 8 – 9: Banff National Park
On day 8, head to the heart of Banff National Park, and pick 2-5 attractions to explore for the next 2 days.
Day 10: Calgary, car drop off and fly
On day 10, drive to Calgary, and can take a stroll along the city’s iconic Stephen Avenue Walk and browse the many shops and restaurants. Later, drop off your rental car at the airport and fly out!
10 days in Alberta Canada Itinerary: Calgary, Drumheller, Banff & Lake Louise, Fort MacLeod, Waterton National Park
- Day 1 – 2: Arrive in Calgary and spend 2 nights
- Day 4: Drumheller day trip
- Day 5 – 6: Banff National Park
- Day 7: Canmore to Calgary to Fort MacLeod
- Day 8 – 10: Waterton National Park (back to Calgary by evening)
This 10-day itinerary for Canada is more of a Southern Alberta trip that checks off some of the offbeat places in the province. It includes a mix of national parks and educational sites that you can visit after arrival in Calgary.
You will be spending 2 days in Calgary allowing you to explore the city in-depth.
Day 1 – 2: Arrive in Calgary and spend 2 nights
Arrive at the Calgary International Airport and spend 2 (-3) nights. Take the time to explore Calgary – a vibrant city known for its amazing art galleries, museums, theatres, and restaurants.
Stroll along Stephen Avenue Walk before heading up to the observation deck at the Calgary Tower to get a stunning view of the entire city.
Also visit some of its top attractions such as Prince’s Island Park, Glenbow Museum, and Heritage Park Historical Village.
In the evening, catch a show at the iconic Saddledome or head out for dinner and drinks in Kensington.
Tip: You can add this itinerary if visiting Calgary during the Stampede as well. Calgary Stampede – a 10-day extravaganza filled with rodeos, livestock shows, and other spectacular events.
Day 4: Drumheller day trip
Take an exciting day trip to Drumheller. This unique town is located in the badlands of Alberta and boasts incredible geological formations as well as dinosaur fossils from millions of years ago.
Visit the famous Royal Tyrrell Museum to learn more about Alberta’s dinosaur history and take a guided tour of one of the world’s largest deposits of Cretaceous fossils.
Day 5 – 6: Banff National Park
Make your way to Banff National Park, and spend 2 days here. This addition is best if this is your first time in Alberta.
If you have already explored Banff, add towns like Sylvan Lake, Mossleigh, and Kananaskis areas for days 5 and 6.
Day 7: Canmore to Calgary to Fort MacLeod
If you are staying in Banff on days 5-6, make a stop in Canmore before making your way back to Calgary and Fort MacLeod.
If you are based in Calgary all throughout, then start bright and early for Fort MacLeod via Okotoks.
Located near Fort MacLeod is Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that tells the story of how native tribes hunted buffalo for thousands of years.
Here, you can take a guided tour and learn about the ancient hunting techniques used by Blackfoot people (Native Americans) or explore the interactive exhibits to get an up-close look at the history and culture of this fascinating place.
Be sure to take a walk along the interpretive trails as well, which offer sweeping views of the Canadian landscape.
From here, drive to Pincher Creek and get some early dinner, and stay here (or in Waterton town) overnight.
Day 8 – 10: Waterton National Park (back to Calgary by evening)
Continue your journey by visiting Waterton National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its breathtaking lakes, mountains, and wildlife. Enjoy hiking and biking along the trails or head out for a boat cruise on the crystal-clear waters of Upper Waterton Lake.
On day 9, spend time exploring more of Waterton National Park. Take a scenic drive along Red Rock Parkway, visit Cameron Falls, and enjoy some of the best views in Alberta from Bear’s Hump.
Head back to Calgary in the second half of day 10 to fly out (Waterton to Calgary is about 2.50 hours drive away).
10 days in Vancouver Island Trip Itinerary: Victoria, Nanaimo, Campbell River, and beyond
- Day 1 – 2: Arrive in Vancouver and spend 2 days
- Day 3 – 4 : Victoria
- Day 5 – 6: Tofino
- Day 7 – 8: Nanaimo
- Day 9 – 10: Campbell River, return to Vancouver (fly out)
Discover the BEST of Vancouver Island in 10 days – of cities, small towns, provincial parks, and scenic rides!
The trip starts with Vancouver as the arrival airport. You can spend 1 to 2 days in Vancouver before making your way to Victoria.
Day 1 – 2: Arrive in Vancouver and spend 2 days
Start off your adventure by exploring Vancouver. Arrive in the city, settle in and on your third day take a ferry from Vancouver to Victoria.
Day 3 – 4: Victoria
Victoria is the capital city of Vancouver Island. Spend 2 – 3 days in Victoria, and visit the BC Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum, Craigdarroch Castle and walk the pretty Inner Harbour.
On one of the afternoons, enjoy high tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Later, spend the day soaking in the views of Victoria from a seaplane ride, or join a whale-watching tour. On the last day of your time in Victoria, explore the beautiful Butchart Gardens, and Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site.
Day 5 – 6: Tofino
On day 5, take a drive to Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and explore the pristine beaches, rainforest trails, and dramatic ocean views that make this area so special.
Spend your afternoon exploring Pacific Rim National Park Reserve for endless possibilities in outdoor activities such as surfing, whale watching, kayaking, and hiking.
Day 7 – 8: Nanaimo
Next, explore Nanaimo (the travel time from Tofino to Nanaimo is 3 hours). Take a stroll through Old City Quarter or shop at one of the many great stores downtown.
If you’re feeling adventurous, hit the trails and walks at Jack Point and Biggs Park, or Harbourfront Walkway. You can also enjoy boating at the Colliery Dam Park.
Don’t forget to sample Nanaimo’s famous treat – the Nanaimo bar!
Day 9 – 10: Campbell River, return to Vancouver (fly out)
Travel to Campbell River next. Spend the day exploring beautiful area – kayaking, whale watching, and hiking. There are riverside trails, as well as local hot springs where you can take in some breathtaking views of the city.
You can also add a trip to Comox Valley (30 minutes). Take a scenic drive along the coast of Vancouver Island and explore some of the provincial parks along the way.
10 days in Central Canada Itinerary: Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal
- Day 1 – 3: Arrive in Toronto and spend 3 nights
- Day 4: Niagara Falls day trip
- Day 5 – 6: Ottawa
- Day 7 – 8: Quebec City
- Day 9 – 10: Montreal (fly out)
Discover some of the popular cities in Canada across 2 provinces and the iconic Niagara Falls!
Day 1 – 3: Arrive in Toronto and spend 3 nights
Head to Toronto – the largest city in Canada!
Spend 3 days in Toronto, exploring one of the trendiest cities in North America with its vibrant art scene and an array of attractions.
Visit the iconic CN Tower for breathtaking views, check out the Casa Loma, and Royal Ontario Museum, or explore Kensington Market to find unique souvenirs.
If you’re looking for something a bit more active, take a trip to the Toronto Islands for an afternoon of fun activities like kayaking, canoeing, and hiking!
Day 4: Niagara Falls day trip
No Canadian trip is complete without a visit to the famous Niagara Falls! This natural wonder of the world will surely take your breath away with its powerful cascades and stunning scenery.
You can experience it all by taking a day trip from Toronto – hop on board the Niagara Cruise for an up-close view of the falls or explore the Entertainment District for some fun attractions and souvenir shopping.
Day 5 – 6: Ottawa – Canada’s capital city
From Toronto, make your way to the nation’s capital – Ottawa! This vibrant city is filled with incredible architecture, museums, and attractions to discover.
During your stay, visit the iconic Parliament Hill for a tour of the country’s government buildings, and then take a stroll down Rideau Canal for some sightseeing. You can also explore Byward Market, which offers an array of shops, restaurants, and cafés – it’s the perfect spot to try some local cuisine!
Day 7 – 8: Quebec City
Next travel to Quebec City, a charming city with an eclectic mix of French and English culture. Here you can explore the cobblestone streets, admire the historical architecture that lines the riverfront, or take a cable car up to the stunning Château Frontenac – one of North America’s most photographed hotels!
Stroll along the scenic boardwalk and take in the beauty of the St. Lawrence River, browse through artisan boutiques for souvenirs, or sample some local cuisine like poutine – a Canadian classic.
After taking in the sights and sounds of Old Quebec, head to Montmorency Falls Park to explore an impressive 83m waterfall that towers over the St. Lawrence River.
Day 9 – 10: Montreal (fly out)
After spending 2 days in Quebec City, make your way to Montréal – the largest French-speaking city in North America!
During your stay, explore The Plateau area for its vibrant atmosphere and café culture. You can also admire the stunning architecture of Old Montréal and take a trip to Mont Royal Park for some incredible views.
10 days in the Prairies Canada Itinerary: Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Prince Albert National Park, Winnipeg
- Day 1 – 3: Edmonton and Elk Island National Park
- Day 4: Drive to Saskatoon via Lloydminster from Edmonton
- Day 5 – 6 : Saskatoon
- Day 7: Prince Albert National Park day trip
- Day 8: Drive from Saskatoon to Winnipeg
- Day 9 – 10: Winnipeg
The three Prairies provinces of Canada – Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba is a good idea for a 10 day Canada trip.
Day 1 – 3: Edmonton and Elk Island National Park
Your first stop in Canada should be the vibrant city of Edmonton. Here, you’ll find plenty of things to do and see, from exploring the Royal Alberta Museum’s extensive galleries to taking a stroll down Jasper Avenue – the downtown core.
For more outdoor activities, why not try hiking or biking along one of the many trails in the city. You can also experience the local culture by visiting one of the many farmers’ markets, shopping at West Edmonton Mall, or catching a show at one of the live music venues.
On day 3, head to Elk Island National Park, and check out the Bison loop, sunset canoeing and more!
Day 4: Drive to Saskatoon via Lloydminster from Edmonton
Heading eastward, your next stop should be Lloydminster – in Alberta/Saskatchewan border city. Here, you’ll find plenty of history and culture to explore.
Take a tour of the historic Barr Colony Heritage Centre to learn about the area’s early settlers, or take a stroll through one of the many beautiful parks and botanical gardens. You can also visit some of Lloydminster’s shops, and restaurants for a cool experience.
After exploring Lloydminster, make your way to the city of Saskatoon.
Day 5 – 6 : Saskatoon
Although not the capital city of Saskatchewan, this vibrant metropolis is filled with plenty of things to do and see, from checking out the beautiful nearby Meewasin Valley trails and riverside paths, to visiting the renowned Western Development Museum.
You can also enjoy some local culture by shopping at the Broadway Farmers’ Market or taking in a show at the Persephone Theatre/Remai Arts Centre.
Day 7: Prince Albert National Park day trip
The next stop on your Canada 10 day itinerary is the Prince Albert National Park. It will take 2 hours to get there from Saskatoon.
Here, you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities to experience – from fishing and canoeing on Waskesiu Lake, to hiking and camping in the beautiful backcountry.
You can also spot some wildlife, such as moose, wolves, and bears. More information about things to do in Waskesiu National Park here
Day 8: Drive to Winnipeg from Saskatoon
Enjoy a full day of drive from Saskatoon to Winnipeg crossing small Prairie towns like Yorkton in Saskatchewan, and Portage la Prairie in Manitoba.
Day 9 – 10: Winnipeg
Your last stop is Winnipeg – a vibrant metropolis located in Manitoba. Here, you’ll find plenty of things to do and see – from exploring The Forks National Historic Site and the Royal Canadian Mint Museum, to enjoying some of the city’s fantastic restaurants and of course the iconic Esplanade Riel.
You can also enjoy local culture by checking out Exchange District or attending one of the many festivals throughout the year. With so much to do in Winnipeg, it’s a great place to end your 10-day Canadian adventure (and fly out)!
Read: Winnipeg itinerary
10 days in the Maritimes Canada Itinerary: Halifax, Cape Breton, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island
- Day 1 – 2: Halifax, NS
- Day 3 – 5: Cape Breton and Cabot Trail
- Day 6 – 7: New Brunswick
- Day 8 – 10: Prince Edward Island
To fully experience the beauty of Canada, your 10-day itinerary should include exploring Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Day 1 – 2: Halifax
Start in Nova Scotia where you can take a guided tour through Halifax’s top sites like Pier 21 and Citadel Hill, experience whale watching or kayaking on the Bay of Fundy, and explore quaint fishing villages like Peggy’s Cove.
Day 3 – 5: Cape Breton and Cabot Trail
Spend the next few days exploring Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail.
The Cabot Trail is one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations, offering magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, rugged coastal cliffs, lush forests and small fishing villages.
While here, you can do everything from whale watching in the waters off of Cape Breton Island, hiking to sampling fresh seafood at local restaurants.
Day 6 – 7: New Brunswick
From there, hop on the ferry and take in the stunning views of New Brunswick as you make your way to St. Andrews-by-the-Sea. Spend some time exploring here and admire lighthouses along the way.
Set aside a day to visit the capital city of Fredericton, and hit attractions like a couple of days here visiting historic sites such as Christ Church Cathedral, night market, Odell Park, and Legislative Assembly Building.
If you have time on your hands, take a trip to the Hopewell Rocks from the capital city. Hopewell Rocks Provincial in the Bay of Fundy is only open seasonally (May to October).
Day 8 – 10: Prince Edward Island
Finally, the last part of your trip should be spent on beautiful Prince Edward Island visiting sites like the Confederation Site in Charlottetown, PEI National Park and Anne of Green Gables House.
Charlottetown is the capital city of PEI – this quaint little destination is home to amazing seafood restaurants, charming harbourfront, and home of Canada’s Confederation Landing site.
You can drive to PEI from New Brunswick via the 12.9 km (9 mile) long Confederation Bridge. Charlottetown has an airport from where you can fly out.
Read: 2 days in PEI itinerary
Additional Canada Travel Tips
Planning a trip to Canada can be overwhelming as there is so much to see and do! To make your planning process easier, take some time to research the destinations you’d like to visit.
Sticking to one region will allow you to ease into your trip, manage road trips, sightseeing and flying time.
Western Canada is packed with incredible attractions and activities that you won’t want to miss. Popular places include Vancouver, Banff National Park, and the Rocky Mountains.
Spend your time here exploring vibrant cities filled with exciting culture and history, or take some time to relax in nature by going on a hike or taking a boat tour of the lake districts.
Eastern Canada is home to beautiful cities such as Montreal and Toronto, which are great for exploring unique culture, history, and architecture. Don’t forget to pay a visit to Niagara Falls – it’s an experience you won’t soon forget!
Alternatively, head out into the wilderness of Eastern Canada and discover the spectacular views of Algonquin Provincial Park or admire the beauty of Fundy National Park.
Also, consider what type of activities you would like to do, such as skiing or exploring national parks, and decide which locations have the best attractions for you.
Packing and weather
It is also helpful to look up the weather forecast in the areas you plan on visiting, so you know what kind of clothes and items to pack.
We have a detailed Canada winter packing list, if you are worried! For all other times of the year, ensure you have comfortable walking or hiking shoes, a light waterproof jacket, and sunscreen.
Additionally, it’s important to make sure that you have all your travel documents (such as a passport and visa) ready before your trip!
Budgeting for a Canada trip
When planning a trip to Canada, it’s important to consider your budget. Since Canada is a large country, the cost of travel will depend on where you choose to go and what activities you do.
Typically, car rental will cost about $30 CAD per day for a midsize vehicle. Bus tickets and passes start as low as $3.50 CAD (depending on the city).
As far as food goes, you will have fast food ($5 to $12 CAD for a meal), small cafes and fine dining options (starts at $100 CAD for two). You can save money by grocery shopping and cooking your own meals.
To save money, you can also take advantage of discounts and coupons available from local tour companies or look for deals online (particularly Groupon or deals on Expedia.ca).
Additionally, consider the time of year you’re traveling as prices will vary depending on the season. Accommodation prices are very expensive in prime tourist destinations such as Banff, Niagara Falls, Vancouver, Toronto, Quebec City, etc. in the summer months. You can book day tours to popular sites from nearby sister towns to save money.
Safety in Canada
Overall, Canada is safe. We have lived here for over 14 years and never encountered any safety issues. English is widely spoken and we encourage keeping emergency numbers such as 911, and travel insurance at all times on your trip.
As a tourist, we recommend researching the areas you are visiting/staying and familiarize yourself with local laws and customs. Pay attention to speed limits and national parks warnings.
Like with any destination, when out and about, be sure to stay aware of your surroundings at all times and avoid walking alone after dark.
Lastly, if you’re from outside of Canada, you will need to apply for a tourist visa before entering the country. Depending on your nationality, the type of visa required may vary.
Make sure to research the specific requirements and apply for your visa as early as possible. Once approved, make sure to keep it handy during your visit so that you can show it to security personnel upon request.
US citizens and Green Card holders do not need a visa to enter Canada.
So there you have! We hope you enjoyed our Canada guide!
No matter how you choose to spend your 10 days in Canada, be sure to take some time to appreciate the stunning scenery that this country has to offer. So what are you waiting for?
It’s time to start planning your Canadian adventure!