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A place for all seasons: what’s hot in Canada and Alaska

Canada continues to inspire and draw travellers from all around the world. Catering for a wide range of special interests, the destination should be on everyone’s bucket list for 2019.


Take a walk on the wildlife side

Canada and Alaska have wildlife in abundance. It is a safe haven for many species, including grizzly, brown and black bears, polar bears, whales, caribou, moose, deer and wolves.

Thanks to its rich forests, salmon abundant rivers and free flowing streams, bear viewing is a highly recommended activity when traveling to either Canada or Alaska. There are wildlife viewing packages available for a range of budgets and length of stay. 

Enjoy a short stay at a bear viewing lodge, jump on a whale watching day tour or fly up to Churchill for a few days and observe the polar bears from a Tundra Buggy.


Ride the rails or hit the roads

Canada is renowned for being a self-drive friendly country and this is one of the best ways to see its vast areas. You may contain your itinerary to one particular province, or go on the ultimate cross-country self-drive adventure.

A self-drive itinerary will also give you the ultimate flexibility as you can spend as long or as little time in a particular destination and making stops along the way that you might not during a coach or train journey.

Let someone else do the driving while you check out the scenery and wildlife on a customisable coach tour led by a knowledgeable driver guide.

Enjoy must-see attractions and hear the stories and legends that bring these places to life.

A train journey is a unique and exciting way to explore Canada. Options include a trans-Canada journey from west to east coast (or vice versa) through the Canadian Rockies or simply focusing on one region only.

There’s also the renowned Rocky Mountaineer and the VIA Rail train journeys. The ever-popular Snow Train operates twice weekly from the coastal city of Vancouver to Jasper in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in an overnight trip, topped off with easy coach connections to Lake Louise and Banff.



A taste for adventure 

Alaska is the perfect destination for a cruise, offering unique scenery found nowhere else on earth. Choose from experienced ocean cruise liners or go for a more intimate experience with a small ship cruise line.

An instant benefit of small ship cruising is the size of the vessel itself, having the ability to go into bays, fjords and areas where large ships can’t, giving you an advantage to other travellers.

Being only a couple of levels high, you will also be eye-to-eye with the wildlife, allowing you to get up close and personal for amazing viewing and photography.

Having a smaller group, you'll have the luxury of intimate experiences and being one-on-one with the local culture. From the back of the ship you'll be able to kayak and hike, or relive history from aboard an expedition vessel, upscale yacht, or turn-of-the-century coastal steamer.

And small ship expedition is not limited to ‘roughing’ it. There’s been an increase in operators offering luxury expedition cruising for those who want to travel in style and comfort.


Winter wonderland

While famed for its excellent skiing opportunities, Canada also has plenty of things for the non-skier. Extraordinary adventures await while dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing or on a winter spa experience.

When people travel to North America, an experience high on their to-do list is to see the Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis).

The best time for viewing this incredible phenomenon is November through to March, but you can often catch them as early as September or as late as April depending on how far north you are in Canada or Alaska.



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Written by: Traveltalk Magazine
Published: 6 November 2018

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