If you are one of the many people who have yet to explore the regions of Canada and Alaska, then you are in for a real treat once you finally get there. Filled with some of the most spectacular landscape scenery you will ever experience, both Canada and Alaska mean fun, thrills and adventure.
Canada is perhaps best known for its stunning contrasts. Surrounded by the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Canada has some of the most advanced cities in the world and some of the most feral regions on the planet at one and the same time.
The mountains and lakes of the massive National Parks of both Banff and Jasper and the little gem that is Yoho National Park are ideal for a wide range of activities including cycling, horse riding, canoeing, white water rafting, hiking and even whale watching. Indeed, here you will find everything for the best in adventure travel trips and Canada and Alaska holidays.
Regarded by many as the highlight of any Canada and Alaska holidays is the metropolitan city of Vancouver in British Columbia. Surrounded by both sea and mountains, Vancouver lies just beyond the wilderness ensuring it offers the perfect blend for adventure travel trips of modern city and traditional Native American culture. Totem poles are set behind the splendid skyline as you browse the footways of Stanley Park, amble through historic Gastown or enjoy the glorious sunset at English Bay Beach.
World famous for the Columbia Icefields and countless miles of hiking trails, Jasper National Park remains among Canada’s biggest National Parks and is filled with spectacular glaziers and fascinating wildlife. Nearby attractions include the Miette Hot Springs, the Icefields Parkway, Maligne Lake and Mt. Edith Cavell. Banff National Park however, is no less impressive.
Situated at the centre of the Canadian Rockies, this is simply paradise for all nature enthusiasts. The feral territory is also perfect for anything from mountain biking to canoeing to white water rafting. You could even travel to the peak of Sulphur Mountain on a gondola.
Derived from the word ‘Alyeska’, which means ‘great land’, this region certainly deserves its name. Here you will find glaciers the size of Switzerland, the highest mountain in America’s North and a plethora of wolves, moose, bears and other fascinating wildlife. The rugged interior contrasts perfectly with the glorious beaches and it has a long tradition of Native American cultures dying to be explored.
Literally a subcontinent in itself due to its topography and climate, Alaska employs a vast National Park system in order that its historical, cultural and natural features be maintained. Destinations such as Denali, Anchorage, Wrangell-St Elias National Parks and the splendid Kenai Fjords remain among the most popular with visitors. Indeed, for those who love trekking, the region of Alaska is perfect, while you could also choose to explore the area via kayak, float plane or raft.
For many however, the Denali National Park is the first place to go. The setting for North America’s highest mountain, Mt. McKinley, which stands at an impressive 20,320ft and is known as ‘The High One’, the Denali National Park remains the focal point of Alaska’s wilderness. A plethora of wildlife also inhabits the glaziers of Denali, including caribou, bears and moose; the near infinite trails are filled with a myriad of wildflowers and exotic birds.
Alternatively, the 700,000 acres of Kenai Fjords is also well worth the trip. The Aialik Fjord and Resurrection Bay are filled with fascinating wildlife, the seas carved with glaziers including the half mile wide Exit glazier.
Anna Mathews writes on the subject of adventure holidays for a wide range of websites and blogs. While she has travelled far and wide taking in every exotic location you can imagine, her preference for great adventure travel trips remains Canada and Alaska Holidays.