20 days in Canada Itinerary

20 days in Canada Itinerary

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20 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  13​h
1
Toronto
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Niagara Falls
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Ottawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Montreal
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

5
nights
Toronto

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes CN Tower as well as Toronto Zoo. Head to St. Lawrence Market and Picard Peanutsfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Casa Loma and McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Get out of town with these interesting Toronto side-trips: Hilton Falls Conservation Area (in Milton), Lynde Shores Conservation Area (in Whitby) and Cobourg Beach (in Cobourg). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Distillery District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada, take a stroll through Yonge-Dundas Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Michael's Cathedral Basilica.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Toronto trip maker website .

Istanbul, Turkey to Toronto is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Istanbul in December, with highs in Toronto at 2°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Toronto

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hilton Falls Conservation Area, Cobourg Beach, Lynde Shores Conservation Area, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Picard Peanuts
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Royal Ontario Museum ©
Royal Ontario Museum
Casa Loma ©
Casa Loma
The Distillery District ©
The Distillery District

5
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
Indisputably one of the world's most impressive natural sights, Niagara Falls straddle the United States/Canada border, marking the spot at which a thundering river plunges over a major escarpment.
Visit White Water Walk and Niagara River Recreation Trail for their historical value. Kacaba Vineyards Winery and Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls, learn about winemaking at The Hare Wine Co., try your luck at Niagara Fallsview Casino, and explore and take pictures at Niagra Parkway.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Toronto to Niagara Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Niagara Falls are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Kacaba Vineyards Winery
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Niagara Falls Canada ©
Niagara Falls Canada
Journey Behind the Falls ©
Journey Behind the Falls

4
nights
Ottawa

Ottawa ©
A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like ByWard Market and Canadian Museum of Nature. Get some historical perspective at Parliament Hill and Buildings and Notre Dame Basilica. Go for a jaunt from Ottawa to Montebello to see Omega Park about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Rideau Canal, take in the exciting artwork at Orange Art Gallery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and head off the coast to Morris Island Conservation Area.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ottawa trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Niagara Falls to Ottawa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Niagara Falls in December, expect Ottawa to be little chillier, temps between -2°C and -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Montreal.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gatineau, Omega Park
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Rideau Canal ©
Rideau Canal
Parliament Hill and Buildings ©
Parliament Hill and Buildings
National Gallery of Canada ©
National Gallery of Canada

4
nights
Montreal

Montreal ©
Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Visiting Tremblant and Old Port of Montreal will get you outdoors. Notre-Dame Basilica and Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Lolipop (in Val David) and Nature Centre (Le Centre de la nature) (in Laval). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, browse the exhibits of Galerie d'art Blanche, take in the exciting artwork at L'Affichiste Vintage Poster Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Vignoble Kobloth & Microbrasserie Ross Stall.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Montreal travel route site .

You can take a train from Ottawa to Montreal in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Montreal are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Montreal

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Lolipop, Tremblant, Nature Centre (Le Centre de la nature), Vignoble Kobloth & Microbrasserie Ross Stall
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Notre-Dame Basilica ©
Notre-Dame Basilica
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal ©
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal ©

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