15 days in Vancouver, Banff National Park & Calgary Itinerary

15 days in Vancouver, Banff National Park & Calgary Itinerary

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15 days in Vancouver, Banff National Park & Calgary Itinerary

Winnipeg
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Vancouver
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
Banff National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Calgary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
Winnipeg

5
days
Vancouver

Vancouver
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Visiting Grouse Mountain and Kitsilano Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Granville Island, stroll through Stanley Park, deepen your understanding at Vancouver Aquarium, and hike along Vancouver Seawall.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vancouver trip planner .

Winnipeg to Vancouver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Winnipeg to Vancouver due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Winnipeg in December, with highs in Vancouver at 7°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

North Vancouver
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Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain
Vancouver Seawall
Vancouver Seawall
Granville Island ©
Granville Island

6
days
Banff National Park

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Escape the urban bustle at Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. On the 14th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at The Lake Louise Ski Resort. On the 15th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Sunshine Village. There's much more to do: cruise along Icefields Parkway, admire the sheer force of Bow Falls, look for gifts at Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe Ltd, and explore the stunning scenery at Johnston Canyon.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Vancouver to Banff National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Vancouver in December, things will get much colder in Banff National Park: highs are around -9°C and lows about -16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Lake Louise ©
Lake Louise
The Lake Louise Ski Resort ©
The Lake Louise Ski Resort

3
days
Calgary

Calgary
Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Get in touch with nature at The Calgary Zoo and Mt. Lorette Ponds. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Heritage Park Historical Village, have fun at Spruce Meadows, enjoy breathtaking views from Calgary Tower, and wander the streets of Stephen Avenue Walk.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Calgary visit app .

Drive from Banff National Park to Calgary in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Banff National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Calgary, with highs around -1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

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Mt. Lorette Ponds
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The Calgary Zoo
The Calgary Zoo
Mt. Lorette Ponds ©
Mt. Lorette Ponds
Prince's Island Park ©
Prince's Island Park

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