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Alaska Tour and Cruise

Alaska is big! It pulls you from the world and hits you with towering cliffs, blue ice sheets, and mirrored lakes reflecting beauty from pines to sky. We begin by connecting the dots of Western Canada’s northern towns en route to Alaska. See the 72,000 signs of Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake, stroll through vibrant Whitehorse, relive the days of the Klondike, and pan for gold in Dawson City.

Spectacular views stretch in all directions from the Top of the World Highway. Denali National Park packs 6 million acres of Alaskan wilderness around the highest mountain peak in North America – Denali is a showstopper! Our orientation tour of Anchorage explores the Russian and Native heritage that makes Alaska’s largest city unique.

Then we board Holland America Line’s, ms Westerdam for 7 days. Glacier Bay National Park takes the cruise ship trophy! Tidewater glaciers tumble out of massive mountains, 100-tonne icebergs crash in the sea, and northern wildlife creates postcards.

We end by cruising the iconic Inside Passage, showcasing the grandest coastal scenery on the continent before disembarking the ship in Vancouver for your return flight home. Be our guests on the ultimate wilderness sightseeing adventure!

Denali National Park

Denali National Park and Preserve is over 6 million acres of Alaska wilderness. This international biosphere reserve hosts more than 400,000 visitors every year. Home to “the big one,” Mount Denali (20,310 ft) is the tallest mountain in North America, and is just one of the many spectacular sights waiting for you at the park. Home to a vast array of wildlife including grizzly bears, black bears, dall sheep, caribou, moose, and grey wolves. Denali is also home to a large bird population who migrate to the park to raise their young during the spring and summer month. Birdwatchers can see Arctic warblers, pine grosbeaks, ptarmigan, tundra swans, and the majestic golden eagle. With over 450 species of flowering plants throughout the park, the valleys of Denali are often used on postcards and artwork.

Dawson Creek derives its name from the creek of the same name that runs through the community. The creek was named after George Mercer Dawson by a member of his land survey team when they passed through the area in August 1879. Once a small farming community, Dawson Creek became a regional centre when the western terminus of the Northern Alberta Railway was extended there in 1932. The community grew rapidly in 1942 as the US Army used the rail terminus as a transshipment point during construction of the Alaska Highway. In the 1950s, the city was connected to the interior of British Columbia via a highway and railway through the Rocky Mountains. Since the 1960s, growth has slowed.

Dawson Creek is located in the dry and windy prairie land of the Peace River Country. As the seat of the Peace River Regional District and a service centre for the rural areas south of the Peace River, the city has been called the “Capital of the Peace”. It is also known as the “Mile 0 City”, referring to its location at the southern end of the Alaska Highway. It has a heritage interpretation village, an art gallery, and a museum. Annual events include a fall fair and rodeo.

Source: Wikipedia

The Alaska Highway was constructed during World War II for the purpose of connecting the  United States to Alaska through Canada. It begins at the junction with several Canadian highways in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and runs to Delta Junction, Alaska, via Whitehorse, Yukon. Completed in 1942 at a length of approximately 1,700 miles (2,700 km). The highway was opened to the public in 1948. Legendary over many decades for being a rough, challenging drive, the highway is now paved over its entire length.

An informal system of historic mileposts developed over the years to denote major stopping points; Delta Junction, at the end of the highway, makes reference to its location at “Historic Milepost 1422.”

Source: Wikipedia

The Peace River

The regions along the river are the traditional home of the Danezaa people, called the Beaver by the Europeans. The fur trader Peter Pond visited the river in 1785. In 1788 Charles Boyer of the North West Company established a fur trading post at the river’s junction with the Boyer River.

In 1792 and 1793, the explorer Alexander Mackenzie travelled up the river to the Continental Divide. Mackenzie referred to the river as Unjegah, from a nativeword meaning “large river”.

The decades of hostilities between the Danezaa and the Cree, (in which the Cree dominated the Danezaa), ended in 1781 when a smallpox epidemic decimated the Cree. The Treaty of the Peace was celebrated by the smoking of a ceremonial pipe. The treaty made the Peace River a border, with the Danezaa to the North and the Cree to the South.

In 1794, a fur trading post was built on the Peace River at Fort St. John; it was the first non-native settlement on the British Columbia mainland.

Source: Wikipedia

Fort Nelson is a community in northeast British Columbia, within the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, making it the first regional municipality in the province.

The community lies east of the northern Rocky Mountains in the Peace River region along the Alaska Highway at mile 300.

Fort Nelson is home to 3,902 residents, representing 70% of the NRRM’s total population of 5,578.

The majority of Fort Nelson’s economic activity has historically been concentrated in the energy and tourism industries, and until recently, forestry. The forests surrounding Fort Nelson are part of Canada’s boreal forest. Fort Nelson is on the southwest edge of the Greater Sierra oil & gas field.

Source: Wikipedia

Wildlife: The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is home to an extensive variety of wildlife which attracts many tourists and hunters to the region. Wildlife found in the area include animals such as moose, black bear, grizzly bear, caribou, deer (white-tail and mule), elk, bison, stone sheep, mountain goat, wolves, and several more. The region, especially the area around the Liard Hot Springs, is home to several bird species such as the golden eagle, the bald eagle, and the great horned owl.

Source: Wikipedia

Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park in British Columbia, is home to the second largest hot spring in Canada. The park is part of the larger Muskwa-Kechika Management Area. The community of Liard River,  is located nearb

Only a few minutes from the Alaska Highway that passes through the park is the serenity and seclusion expected in this area of the north. Some of the most outstanding views of natural beauty anywhere can be experienced at this park. Spectacular folded mountains, bountiful wildlife, brilliantly-colored wildflowers are just a few of the wonders to discover here. In the southern portion of the park, you will see the very impressive geological formations of Folded Mountain towering above the road. Tectonic deformations have folded the limestone giving these mountains their unique appearance. Further along the highway you will have the opportunity to travel across the alluvial fans. Keep an eye open for moose which frequent the many swamps within the park.

Source: Wikipedia

 

Twelve kilometres of jade-colored water will tell you that you have reached Muncho Lake. The lake’s cold, deep waters, tinted green by minerals, are home to lake trout, arctic grayling, bull trout and whitefish. Toss out a line and try your luck.

There is an excellent chance you will see Stone sheep along the highway. The natural beauty of Muncho Lake Provincial Park is sure to be the highlight of your northern adventure.

Source: Wikipedia

Gate way to the Yukon

Watson Lake is a town in Yukon, located at historical mile 635 on the Alaska Highway close to the British Columbia border. The town is named for Frank Watson, an American-born trapper and prospector, who settled in the area at the end of the nineteenth century.

Watson Lake is near the Liard River, at the junction of the Robert Campbell Highway and the Alaska Highway.

Watson Lake is the main centre of the small forestry industry in Yukon and has been a service centre for the mining industry, especially for the Cassiar asbestos mine in northern British Columbia and the Cantung tungsten mine on the Yukon-Northwest Territories border in the Mackenzie Mountains.

Tourist attractions in Watson Lake include the Northern Lights Centre and the much-imitated original Signpost Forest. The Signpost Forest was started in 1942 by a homesick U.S. Army G.I. working on the Alaska Highway, who put up a sign with the name of his home town and the distance. Others followed suit and the tradition continues to this day. As of August 2010 there are more than 76,000 signs of various types depicting locations across the world.

Watson Lake and the neighbouring Upper Liard settlement are the home of the Liard River First Nation, a member of the Kaska Dena Council. The Two-Mile area immediately north of the core of town is a concentrated area of First Nations residents.

Source: Wikipedia

The Cassiar Mountains are the most northerly group of the Northern Interior Mountains in British Columbia and extend slightly into the southernmost Yukon Territory.

In the western Cassiar Mountains lie the remnants of a prehistoric shield volcano called the Maitland Volcano which formed between 5 and 4 million years ago during the Pliocene period.

The highest mountain in the Cassiar Mountains is Thudaka Peak, at 2,748 m (9,016 ft).

Source: Wikipedia

 

The Continental Divide begins at Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, the westernmost point on the mainland of the Americas. The Divide crosses northern Alaska into the Yukon, then zig-zags south into British Columbia via the Cassiar Mountains and Omineca Mountains and northern Nechako Plateau to Summit Lake, north of the city of Prince George and just south of the community of McLeod Lake. From there the Divide traverses the McGregor Plateau to the spine of the Rockies, following the crest of the Canadian Rockies southeast to the 120th meridian west, from there forming the boundary between southern British Columbia and southern Alberta.

The Continental Divide extends from the Bering Strait to the Strait of Magellan, and separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean from those river systems that drain into the Atlantic Ocean (including those that drain into the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea) and, along the northernmost reaches of the Divide, those river systems that drain into the Arctic Ocean.

Source: Wikipedia

Whitehorse is the capital and largest city of Yukon, Canada and the largest city in northern Canada. It is Yukon’s only city. It was incorporated in 1950 and is located at kilometre 1426 on the Alaska Highway. Whitehorse’s downtown and Riverdale areas occupy both shores of the Yukon River, which originates in British Columbia and meets the Bering Sea in Alaska. The city was named after the White Horse Rapids for their resemblance to the mane of a white horse, near Miles Canyon, before the river was dammed. Because of the city’s location in the Whitehorse valley, the climate is milder than other comparable northern communities such as Yellowknife.  At this latitude winter days are short and summer days have 20 hours of daylight.Whitehorse, as reported by Guinness World Records, is the city with the least air pollution in the world.

Source: Wikipedia

 

Dawson City: The townsite was founded by Joseph Ladue and named in January 1897 after noted Canadian geologist George M. Dawson, who had explored and mapped the region in 1887. It served as Yukon’s capital from the territory’s founding in 1898 until 1952, when the seat was moved to Whitehorse.

Dawson has a much longer history, as an important harvest area used for millennia by the Hän-speaking people of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and their forebears. The heart of their homeland was Tr’ochëk, a fishing camp at the confluence of the Klondike River and Yukon River, now a National Historic Site of Canada. This site was also an important summer gathering spot and a base for moose-hunting on the Klondike Valley.

Dawson City was the center of the Klondike Gold Rush. It began in 1896 and changed the First Nations camp into a thriving city of 40,000 by 1898. By 1899, the gold rush had ended and the town’s population plummeted as all but 8,000 people left. When Dawson was incorporated as a city in 1902, the population was under 5,000. St. Paul’s Anglican Church built that same year is a National Historic Site.

Most of Dawson’s buildings have the appearance of 19th-Century construction. All new construction must comply with visual standards ensuring conformity to this appearance

Source: Wikipedia

The Klondike Gold Rush was a migration by an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western Canada between 1896 and 1899. Gold was discovered there by local miners on August 16, 1896, when news reached Seattle and San Francisco the following year, it triggered a stampede of would-be prospectors. Some became wealthy, but the majority went in vain. The Klondike Gold Rush ended in 1899 after gold was discovered in Nome, Alaska prompting an exodus from the Klondike. It has been immortalized by photographs, books, films, and artifacts.

To reach the gold fields most took the route through the ports of Dyea and Skagway in Southeast Alaska. Here, the Klondikers could follow either the Chilkoot or the White Pass trails to the Yukon River and sail down to the Klondike. Each of them was required to bring a year’s supply of food by the Canadian authorities in order to prevent starvation. In all, their equipment weighed close to a ton, which for most had to be carried in stages by themselves. Together with mountainous terrain and cold climate this meant that those who persisted did not arrive until summer 1898. Once there, they found few opportunities and many left disappointed.

To accommodate the prospectors, boom towns sprang up along the routes and at their end Dawson City was founded at the confluence of the Klondike and the Yukon River. The hastily constructed town came to house around 30,000 people by summer 1898. Built of wood, isolated and unsanitary, Dawson suffered from fires, high prices and epidemics. Despite this, the wealthiest prospectors spent extravagantly gambling and drinking in the saloons. The Native Hän people, on the other hand, suffered from the rush. Many of them died after being moved into a reserve to make way for the stampeders.

From 1898, the newspapers that had encouraged so many to travel to the Klondike lost interest in it. When news arrived in the summer of 1899 that gold had been discovered in Nome in west Alaska, many prospectors left the Klondike for the new goldfields, marking the end of the rush. The boom towns declined and the population of Dawson City fell away. Mining activity of the gold rush lasted until 1903 when production peaked after heavier equipment was brought in. Since then the Klondike has been mined on and off and today the legacy draws tourists to the region and contributes to its prosperity.

Source: Wikipedia 

Tok lies on a large, flat alluvial plain of the Tanana Valley between the Tanana River and the Alaska Range at an important junction of the Alaska Highway with the Glenn Highway.

There have been Athabascan Indian settlements in the region of what is now Tok for many centuries.

The town at the present location of Tok began in 1942 as an Alaska Road Commission camp used for construction and maintenance of the Alaska Highway. So much money was spent in the camp’s construction and maintenance that it earned the nickname “Million Dollar Camp” from those working on the highway. In 1947 the first school opened, and in 1958 a larger school was built to accommodate the many newcomers. In 1995 a new school was opened to provide for the larger community. A U.S. Customs Office was located in Tok between 1947 and 1971, when it was moved to the Canadian border.

The name Tok is derived from the Athabascan word for “peaceful crossing.” The U.S. Geological Survey notes that the name “Tok River” was in use for the nearby river around 1901, and the Athabascan name of “Tokai” had been reported for the same river by Lt. Allen in 1887.

In the 1940s and 1950s, another highway, the Tok Cut-Off was constructed and connected Tok with the Richardson Highway at Glennallen. It was a “cut-off” because it allowed motor travelers from the lower United States to travel to Valdez and Anchorage in south-central Alaska without going further north to Delta Junction and then traveling south on the Richardson Highway.

Between 1954 and 1979, an 8-inch U.S. Army fuel pipeline operated from the port of Haines to Fairbanks, with a pump station in Tok.

In July 1990 Tok faced extinction when a lightning-caused forest fire jumped two rivers and the Alaska Highway, putting both residents and buildings in peril. The town was evacuated and even the efforts of over a thousand firefighters could not stop the fire. At the last minute a “miracle wind” (so labeled by Tok’s residents) came up, diverting the fire just short of the first building. The fire continued to burn the remainder of the summer, eventually burning more than 100,000 acres (400 km2).

On January 10, 2009, Tok made headlines with an unconfirmed temperature reading of −80 °F (−62 °C).

Source: wikipedia

The Santa Claus House family tradition, begun over 50 years ago by Con and Nellie Miller, continues as following generations of Millers build on the past and look forward to the future. If you should happen to be one of the thousands who visit Santa Claus House each year, you just might catch a glimpse of the Millers as they dash about performing their endless duties. But, whether sending Santa letters to boys and girls around the world, or greeting visitors to Santa Claus House, you know that when they wish you a “Merry Christmas!” they know what they’re talking about!

Source: Wikipedia

Denali National Park and Preserve encompasses 6 million acres of Alaska’s interior wilderness. Its centerpiece is 20,310-ft.-high Denali (Mount McKinley), North America’s tallest peak. With terrain of tundra, spruce forest and glaciers, the park is home to wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou and Dall sheep. Popular means of exploration are biking, backpacking and hiking, on maintained trails or in backcountry.

Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, is in the south-central part of the state on the Cook Inlet. It’s known for its cultural sites, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which displays traditional crafts, stages dances and presents replicas of dwellings from the area’s indigenous groups. The city is also a gateway to nearby mountains (including the Chugach, Kenai and Talkeetna) and vast wilderness.

Ship Creek, Alaska’s most productive king salmon sport fishery is located right in downtown Anchorage! Fish for salmon at Ship Creek even if you have only two hours. During the summertime derbies, specially tagged fish bring in $100-$10,000. Buy your tickets ($7-35) from the Derby Cabin next to Comfort Inn at Ship Creek and warm up your muscles-in 2002, a 41-pounder took grand prize! The “Ship Creek Combo” rental package at 6th Avenue Outfitters (907-276-0233) gets you a rod and reel for about $5/day. Rent boots or waders (about $10/day) to navigate the silty banks, buy some fishing line, and you’re ready to go.

Source: alaska.org

Lake Hood: Freezing nighttime temperatures have not stopped float flying in Southcentral Alaska, as activity at Lake Hood Seaplane Base continues to buzz like a beehive. As the leaves turn and fall on the shores of Lake Hood some planes are being taken out of the water while other float-equipped aircraft are making a last flight so their pilots can close up their cabins in the valley before winter sets in.  Lake Hood is the largest and most heavily populated seaplane base in the world. Over 1,000 aircraft, mainly general aviation, use the facility year-round. There are 500 float slips that cost $105 per month for those who are lucky enough to have one. The 500 tie-downs at the gravel strip and parking areas are $50 a month, according to officials. The popularity of the lake is due to its proximity to the city and the easy access to Bush Alaska it provides for Anchorage residents.

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When you visit the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters, you will be immersing yourself in the rich history and culture of this event. For instance, did you know that “The Last Great Race” covers part of the Iditarod National Historic Trail, which was once used to transport mail and supplies throughout Alaska? James Redington Sr. left a legacy of preserving this in Alaskan culture to honor our historical roots. The “Father of the Iditarod” helped to cement this trail as part of history and created the famous Iditarod sled dog race.

Learn more about the Iditarod, visit the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Museum located within the headquarters. You will find a variety of exhibits and displays detailing the past, present, and future of this iconic Alaskan event.

In addition to exhibits, visitors can view a daily showing of Iditarod race footage in the video room.

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Seward is a city in Kenai Peninsula Borough in Alaska. It was named after William H. Seward, United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. In 1867, he fought for the U.S. purchase of Alaska which he finally negotiated to acquire from Russia.

Mile 0 of the historic Iditarod Trail is at Seward. In the early 1900s the trail was blazed in order to transport people and goods to and from the port of Seward to interior Alaska.

 

Port Hardy is the largest community on Vancouver Island North. It is the northernmost point of the Island Highway, site of the regional airport and the starting point for the BC Ferries Inside Passage route to Prince Rupert, an epic ocean journey along the Discovery Coast Passage to the mid and north coast and the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii.

Glacier Bay National Park

Cruise through Glacier Bay National Park, home to sixteen dazzling tidewater glaciers. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Park has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world. Watch as monumental chunks of ice split off a glacier and fall into the sea shooting water hundreds of feet into the air.

Haines Nestled on the shores of America’s longest fjord, Haines got a jump-start supplying miners headed for the gold fields of the Klondike. Today, the town’s chief exports are adventure and scenery.

White Pass & Yukon Route 73 is an operating steam locomotive. It was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the White Pass and Yukon Route in 1947. After retirement in 1964, the locomotive was moved to Bennett, British Columbia, in 1968 for display. In 1979 the locomotive was moved again to Whitehorse, Yukon, this time to be restored. Restoration was completed in 1982, and the locomotive has been back in service since then. It is currentlythe larger of two operating steam locomotives on the line.

Built in 1898 During the Klondike Gold rush this narrow gage railway 

International Historic Civil Engineering landmark

Breathtaking panorama of mountains Glaciers gorges waterfalls tunnels & tresles

Juneau is the USA”S most scenic state capital.

Juneau is a capital of contrasts and conflicts. It borders a waterway that never freezes but lies beneath an ice field that never melts. It was the first community in the Southeast to slap a head tax on cruise-ship passengers but still draws more than a million a year. It’s the state capital but since the 1980s Alaskans have been trying to move it. It doesn’t have any roads that go anywhere, but half its residents and its mayor opposed a plan to build one that would.

The state’s first major gold strike and the first town to be laid out after Alaska’s purchase from the Russians, Juneau was founded by mining prospectors Joe Juneau and Richard Harris in 1880. Mining dominated the economy in the early years from the 1880s to the 1940s, led first by the Treadwell Mine on Douglas Island and later by the AJ Gastineau mine near Sheep Creek.

Inheriting the title of territorial capital from Sitka in 1906, Juneau quickly grew in wealth and importance. Between the wars it was Alaska’s largest city and its prosperous mining industry meant that the effects of the Great Depression were only lightly felt. Anchorage usurped Juneau in size in 1950, and the city’s darkest hour occurred in the late 1970s when Alaskans voted to move the state capital again, this time to Anchorage. The so-called ‘capital move’ put a stranglehold on the growth of Juneau until Alaskans defeated its billion-dollar price tag in a statewide vote in 1982, opting to stick with Juneau as capital after all. The referendum gave Juneau new life and, combined with a growth in cruise-ship tourism, the town burst at its seams, experiencing a second boom reminiscent of the gold mining years.

Source: lonelyplanet.com

Come experience the splendor of Mendenhall Glacier at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Savor the outstanding views of the thirteen-mile-long river of ice, which terminates on the far side of Mendenhall Lake. Gaze upon blue ice bergs floating in the water amidst reflections of Southeast Alaska’s magnificent Coast Mountains. Envision the vast Juneau Ice Field, a 1,500 square mile remnant of the last ice age, cradled high in lofty peaks and spilling forth 38 major glaciers, including the Mendenhall.

Etiquette

Although it’s part of the US, Alaska is a little more laid-back and less rule-bound than other states.

  • Socializing Informality holds sway. Alaskans are more likely to dress down than up when going out, and high-five greetings are as common as handshakes.
  • Politics Alaska is one of the US’s more conservative states. You’re less likely to encounter the liberal consensus prevalent in San Francisco or New York up here.
  • Go Prepared Alaskans love the great outdoors, but they’re not always overly sympathetic to outsiders who arrive unprepared and fail to treat it with the respect it deserves.

Source: lonlyplanet.com

Ketchikan, Alaska is truly the beginning of the last frontier. Set at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s famed Inside Passage—a network of waterways that snake through some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful wilderness in the world—Ketchikan is best known for three things: feisty salmon, idyllic scenery, and an incredibly rich Alaska Native culture.

www.visit-ketchikan.com

The Inside Passage, is a stretch of protected ocean approx. 1,500 km long, that runs from Puget Sound in Washington State, USA, along the British Columbia, Canada coastline, to Skagway, Alaska, USA. It is a popular cruising area and marine transportation route, due to its absence of open ocean swells and its relatively flat and calm waters. Spend the day at sea and enjoy 274 nautical miles of mountains, islands, waterfalls, glaciers, sea lions, whales, eagles, and some of the grandest coastal scenery on the continent.

Source: Mapleasadventures.com

 

Prince Rupert is a port city on British Columbia’s northwest coast. It’s a gateway to wilderness areas like the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary bear habitat. Shops and cafes dot the waterfront Cow Bay area. The Museum of Northern B.C. showcases the region’s natural and cultural heritage. South, the North Pacific Cannery traces the city’s salmon-canning history. Humpback whales swim in the fish-filled waters offshore.

Return airfare from Toronto, motorcoach transportation, accommodation, 18 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners, 7-day cruise on the ms Westerdam(outside cabin, Category C), shipboard meals and gratuities, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. Other cabin types may be available, ask for rates. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.

Included Highlights

• Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway
• Watson Lake – Sign Post Forest
• Muncho Lake, Laird Hot Springs NP
• MacBride Museum of Yukon History
• S.S. Klondike National Historic Site
• Klondike guided tour and gold mine visit
• Top of the World Highway
• Santa Claus House, North Pole Alaska
• Denali National Park wilderness excursion and show
• Iditarod Sled Dog Race Headquarters
• Cruise the Inside Passage

• Dawson Creek, BC: George Dawson Inn (1 night)
• Fort Nelson, BC: Woodlands Inn (1 night)
• Muncho Lake, BC: Northern Rockies Lodge (1 night)
• Watson Lake, YT: Andrea’s Hotel (1 night)
• Whitehorse, YT: Westmark Hotel (1 night)
• Dawson City, YT: Eldorado Hotel (2 nights)
• Tok, AK: Young’s Motel (1 night)
• Denali National Park, AK: Denali Park Village (2 nights)
• Anchorage, AK: Hilton Garden Inn (1 night)
• Cruise: ms Westerdam (7 nights)

Alaska Tour and Cruise

Day1

Fly to Grand Prairie, AB

Fly to Grand Prairie, Alberta and travel to Dawson Creek, BC for an overnight stay. Get to know your fellow travellers over dinner this evening.

Stay: George Dawson Inn, Dawson Creek, BC
Nights: 1
Meals: D

Day2

Fort Nelson, BC

Begin your journey along the famous Alaska Highway at Mile Zero. Follow the Peace River valley, travel a rugged section of the Rockies and stop in Fort Nelson for the night.

Stay: Woodlands Inn, Fort Nelson, BC
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L

Day3

Muncho Lake, BC

Travelling along the world famous Alaska Highway, marvel at the beauty of Muncho Lake. The jade green lake is the showpiece of the Muncho Lake Provincial Park and the small community of Muncho Lake. The deep, cold lake is a haven for fishing and boating. Enjoy a stop at Liard Hot Springs Provincial Park, which is home to the second largest hot spring in Canada.

Stay: Northern Rockies Lodge, Muncho Lake, BC
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L, D

Day4

Watson Lake, YT

Experience the stunning scenery of British Columbia as you travel alongside 7,000 foot high mountains en route to Watson Lake. Visit the Sign Post Forest, a stunning display of over 100,000 street signs from around the world. It all began when a homesick GI working on the Alaska Highway decided to add a sign pointing to his hometown, and others soon followed his example.

Stay: Andrea’s Hotel, Watson Lake, BC
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L, D

Day5

Whitehorse, YT

Experience spectacular views of the Cassiar Mountains and cross the Great Divide, the principal watershed of the Americas. Reach Yukon’s capital of Whitehorse where summer days have 20 hours of daylight.

Prior to checking into your hotel, step back in history with a visit to the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site. This stern-wheeler plied the upper Yukon River between Whitehorse and Dawson City. The largest of the fleet, this ship has been restored and refurnished, paying tribute to an era before roads.

After checking into the hotel and having some free time on your own for dinner, enjoy an exclusive after hours visit to the MacBride Museum of Yukon History. With more than 30,000 artifacts, this museum is offers a great way to explore the stories and history of the Yukon.

Stay: Westmark Whitehorse, Whitehorse, YT
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L

Day6

Dawson City, YT

Follow the original miner’s trail from the days of the Klondike Gold Rush, as we head for Dawson City. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Eldorado Hotel, Dawson City, YT
Nights: 2
Meals: B, L, D

Day7

Dawson City, YT

Dawson City has been classified as a national historic site, and many of its buildings have been restored to reflect life during the gold rush. Relive the excitement of bygone days with an opportunity to try gold panning at a working mine. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own.

Meals: B

Day8

Tok, AK

The Top of the World Highway traverses the mountains above the tree line offering spectacular views in all directions. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you cross into the State of Alaska. Experience the mystique of Chicken, the trading centre for Athabasca native villages, en route to Tok.

Stay: Young’s Motel, Tok, AK
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L, D

Day9

Denali National Park, AK

Travelling the final leg of the Alaska Highway, visit the town of North Pole and Santa Claus House, a trading post featuring a great toy department and a unique gift shop. After lunch in Fairbanks, follow the George Parks Highway to Denali National Park. Celebrate like the first miners at tonight’s Cabin Nite dinner theatre.

Stay: Denali Park Village, Denali National Park
Nights: 2
Meals: B, L, D

Day10

Denali National Park, AK

Although officially known as Mount McKinley, ‘Denali’, The Great One, is the name the Athabascans gave to the massive peak that crowns the 600 mile long Alaska Range. Enjoy an early morning wilderness tour of Denali National Park’s interior. While at Denali National Park you will received a boxed lunch to enjoy at your leisure. Return to the hotel for a free afternoon to explore park activities.

Meals: B, L5

Day11

Anchorage, AK

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and is home to almost half of the state’s residents. Landmarks denote both the Russian and American First Nations heritage. An orientation tour of Anchorage leads to Ship Creek, Lake Hood and through the downtown.

Visit the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquaters prior to enjoying some free time in Anchorage to explore the shops, museums and art galleries.

Stay: Hilton Garden Inn, Anchorage, AK
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L

Day12

Seward, AK

Travel to nearby Seward, a charming seaside town, flanked by snowcapped mountains and tidal glaciers. Board one of Holland America’s grand ships, the ms Westerdam, for a 7-day Glacier Discovery cruise. Holland America Line offers elegant ships, fabulous five-star dining and impeccable service.

Stay: ms Westerdam, Holland America Line
Nights: 7
Meals: B, L, D

Day13

At Sea

Between Prince Rupert and Port Hardy, enjoy 274 nautical miles of mountains, islands, waterfalls, glaciers, sea lions, whales, eagles, and some of the grandest coastal scenery on the continent.

Meals: B, L, D

Day14

Glacier Bay

Cruise through Glacier Bay National Park, home to sixteen dazzling tidewater glaciers. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Park has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world. Watch as monumental chunks of ice split off a glacier and fall into the sea shooting water hundreds of feet into the air.

Meals: B, L, D

Day15

Haines, AK

Nestled on the shores of America’s longest fjord, Haines got a jump-start supplying miners headed for the goldfields of the Klondike. Today, the town’s chief exports are adventure and scenery.

Meals: B, L, D

Day16

Juneau, AK

Juneau, Alaska may well be the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, there are a lot of things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day. You may choose to relive the mining days on a tour of the world’s largest gold-producing mill!

Meals: B, L, D

Day17

Ketchikan, AK

Clinging to the mountainside and stretching along the sea, Ketchikan is a picturesque community of boardwalks and turn-of-the-century buildings perched on pilings. Take time to visit the Totem Heritage Center or shop on historic Creek Street.

Meals: B, L, D

Day18

Inside Passage

Spend the day at sea and take in the breathtaking scenery of the Inside Passage coastal route as you head south toward Vancouver.

Meals: B, L, D

Day19

Vancouver, BC

Say farewell to an incredible journey as you disembark the ship, and transfer to the Vancouver Airport for your return flight home.

Meals: B

Travellers will occasionally have to walk on uneven surfaces or get on and off boats or trains. Tours on the itinerary may include periods of up to an hour of walking at a gentle pace. There may also be a few one-night stays, but often the majority of your trip is spent in just a handful of hotels. Most of our North American sightseeing tours fall into this category.

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