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Wilds of Alaska & Western Canada

Our journey through Alaska is all about the great outdoors and adventure activities. Whether we are exploring Seward, Denali or Kenai national Parks, we allow time for hiking, boat trips, quad biking or horse riding through some of the continents most spectacular landscapes; glaciers, snow capped mountains and stunning lakes make this part of the journey very special.

Then there is Canada’s Yukon & Klondyke area, famed for its gold rush and its hub Dawson City; the area is still active in gold mining and we will visit one of the great Gold mining rigs. Throughout this region we will be camping in stunning locations, on the banks of lakes, rivers or under mountains.

This trip is also about the wildlife and there will be opportunities for bear spotting and witnessing the amazing salmon runs of the great British Colombian Rivers. As we cross through the Canadian Rockies, we will be time to go hiking, biking or rafting and also to visit some of the Native American communities.

  • Duration: 24 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure:
  • For lovers of: Active/Adrenaline, Boating, Canoeing, Community Project, Trekking, Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, Historical Sites, Equestrian, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Moderately Active
  • Supplier Tour ID: ZAL2/158288
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Banff, Canada
  • Finishes: Anchorage, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Banff
  • Jasper
  • Burns Lake
  • Hazelton
  • Stewart
  • Hyder
  • Boya Lake
  • Watson Lake
  • Whitehorse
  • Dawson
  • Tok
  • McCarthy
  • Wrangell-St Elias National Park
  • Denali Highway
  • Denali National Park
  • Seward
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Anchorage

Itinerary

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Day 1: Banff

Border information: If you are joining in Banff, you will most likely enter Canada at Calgary International Airport (IATA code: YYC).

There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore Banff and its stunning surroundings. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Banff before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Banff.

In Banff we will stay in dormitory rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

NB: At certain times of the year, due to public holidays and the volume of tourists we may opt to camp in Banff

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Day 2-3: Banff

We will have two full days to explore the town of Banff, the spectacular Banff National Park, and take part in the myriad of optional activities available here.

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Day 4: Jasper

Today we have a scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway to the town of Jasper, travelling through both Banff and Jasper National Parks. En route we will have an included visit to Lake Louise and the Athabasca Falls.

In Jasper we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

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Day 5: Jasper

Today we will have a free day to explore the stunning Jasper National Park or take part in optional activities such as hiking, rafting, biking, or taking the Skytram up the near Whistlers' Mountain.

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Day 6: Burns Lake

Today we will drive away from the Rocky Mountains to stay at the area of Burns Lake.

We will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

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Day 7: Hazelton

Today we will drive to the town of Hazelton and have an included tour of the historical Ksan Indian Village to learn all about the life and history of the Gitxsan people. After our visit we will continue our drive to the town of Stewart.

In Stewart we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

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Day 8: Stewart

On the following day we will have an included day trip over the border to Alaska and the 'ghost town' of Hyder. Here we will visit the Fish Creek Observation Site where we will hopefully spot Alaskan brown grizzlies or black bears fishing for salmon. We will also visit the huge Salmon Glacier before returning to Stewart for the night.

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Day 9: Boya Lake

Today we will drive through the countryside of British Columbia to the Boya Lake area.

We will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Depending on the timing of the drive we may opt to stay at Dease Lake or Watson Lake.

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Day 10: Watson Lake

Today we will have an included visit to the fascinating Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake before continuing our journey into the province of Yukon and its capital of Whitehorse.

In Whitehorse we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimate Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

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Day 11-12: Dawson

Today we will drive through the Yukon province to the famous Klondike area and the city of Dawson, once a hive of activity for gold prospectors. En route we will stop for a tour of one of the incredible original mobile mining rigs near Dawson, Dredge No. 4.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the area and take part in optional activities such as taking a tour of the old gold mines, trekking up the nearby Midnight Dome, or taking in a can-can show at the Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall!

In Dawson we will camp in a well-equipped campsite just across the Yukon River from the town.

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Day 13: Tok

Border information: Exit Canada at Little Gold Creek, enter the USA at Pokar Creek.

Today we will travel along the spectacular 'Top of the World Highway' to cross into Alaska at North America's northernmost border. We will drive as far as the small town of Tok.

In Tok we will stay in a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

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Day 14-15: McCarthy

Today we will drive to the historic remote outpost of McCarthy, once a thriving copper mining town and the gateway town to the stunning Wrangell-St Elias National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore Wrangell-St Elias National Park and the historic towns of McCarthy and Kennicott. We will have the chance to take part in an abundance of optional activities such as hiking, historic mine tours, scenic flights, glacier walks and ice climbing.

In McCarthy we will camp in a very basic campsite.

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Day 16-17: Denali Highway

Today we have a drive to our lodge along the Denali Highway, located in an area popular with wildlife spotters and fishermen.

Tonight we will camp at a well equipped camp site.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will head out along the river on boats to an area deep in the Alaskan wilderness, where we will be able to head out on a trek to a nearby glaicer, explore the surrounding wilderness, and then wild camp for the night.

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Day 18-20: Denali National Park

Today we will travel back downstream from our wilderness camp to rejoin our bus. We will then drive to Denali National Park, the home of Denali, the highest mountain in North America.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have an included trip into Denali National Park. We will take a shuttle bus through the park to the area of Eielson Visitor Centre, where we will be able to explore and enjoy some excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.

On the following day we will have a free day in the National Park or take part in some of the many optional activities available here.

In Denali National Park we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

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Day 21-22: Seward

Today we will drive to the town of Seward on Alaska's southern coast.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day you will have free time to explore Seward and take part in optional activities such as a boat trip to the nearby Kenai Fjords National Park.

In Seward we will camp near the shore.

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Day 23: Anchorage

Today our journey ends with a short drive to the city of Anchorage, possibly via a short detour to the Portage Glacier. We will have free time to explore and relax on arrival.

In Anchorage we will stay in private rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

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Day 24: Anchorage

Border information: If you are leaving in Anchorage, you will most likely exit the USA at Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport (IATA code: ANC).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Anchorage. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Explore the wonderfully-scenic Banff National Park and see its famous lakes and walking trails
    • Visit the Athabasca Falls near Jasper, among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains
    • Visit the scenic and colourful Lake Louise near Banff
    • Visit the Ksan Indian Historical Village in British Columbia to learn all about the history and culture of the Gitxsan people
    • Visit Fish Creek for a chance to see Alaskan Grizzly Bears fishing for salmon (the season is usually from mid-July to early September, but please note that the dates vary every year and sightings can never be guaranteed)
    • View the colossal Salmon Glacier from Hyder, at the southern tip of Alaska
    • Visit the famous Signpost Forest near Watson Lake, and perhaps make your own sign to add to the collection!
    • Visit the famous Dredge No. 4, a massive mobile gold-mining rig built in 1912
    • Head deep into the Alaskan wilderness by motorised canoe for an incredible remote overnight bushcamp
    • Explore Denali National Park by taking a shuttle bus to the Toklat River, an area with excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
    Accomodation
    • 85% Camping - 15% Hotels
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