Canada and Alaska

Canada and Alaska, two vast and captivating regions of North America, beckon travelers with their awe-inspiring landscapes, rich history, and vibrant cultures. From towering mountain ranges to sprawling wilderness, there’s no shortage of adventure and wonder to be found in these northern territories. Let’s explore the fascinating highlights and enticing attractions that make Canada and Alaska must-visit destinations.

When Canada comes to mind, we often envision snow-capped mountains, yet the country actually boasts a diverse range of climates due to its vast latitudinal expanse. As the second-largest country, Canada is officially bilingual in English and French. Alongside its stunning landscapes and relatively small population, it’s regarded as a model of multiculturalism.

Alaska is celebrated for its breathtaking natural splendor, featuring towering mountains, expansive forests, pristine glaciers, and dramatic coastlines. Within its borders lie iconic national parks like Denali, Glacier Bay, and Kenai Fjords, showcasing awe-inspiring landscapes and diverse wildlife such as bears, moose, whales, and bald eagles. The state offers abundant opportunities for outdoor pursuits, including hiking, fishing, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and dog sledding. Whether traversing glaciers, exploring fjords, or casting lines in remote rivers, adventurers will discover a wealth of exhilarating experiences amidst the rugged beauty of the Alaskan wilderness.



  • Did you know that Canada is home to the world’s longest coastline, stretching over 202,080 kilometers? It boasts a diverse array of coastal landscapes, from rugged cliffs to sandy beaches.
  • The name “Canada” is believed to originate from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word “kanata,” meaning “village” or “settlement.” This reflects the country’s rich Indigenous heritage and cultural diversity. 


  • Alaska is known as “The Last Frontier” due to its vast wilderness and remote landscapes. It’s the largest state in the United States, spanning over 1.7 million square kilometers.
  • Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley, is the highest peak in North America, towering at 6,190 meters above sea level. It’s a prominent feature of Denali National Park and Preserve, offering breathtaking views and unparalleled opportunities for outdoor exploration.

Both Canada and Alaska are renowned for their abundant wildlife, including grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and bald eagles. Visitors have the chance to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitats, adding an extra layer of excitement to their adventures.

  • Spectacular Landscapes: From the majestic Rocky Mountains of Alberta to the pristine lakes of Ontario, Canada boasts a diverse range of landscapes waiting to be explored. In Alaska, travelers can marvel at the towering glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park or cruise through the iconic Inside Passage, surrounded by breathtaking scenery at every turn.
  • Rich Cultural Heritage: Canada’s Indigenous peoples have inhabited the land for thousands of years, preserving their traditions and way of life. Visitors can immerse themselves in Indigenous culture through art, music, and traditional ceremonies. Similarly, Alaska’s Native communities offer unique insights into their rich heritage, with opportunities to learn about their history, art, and customs.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Whether it’s hiking in Banff National Park, kayaking in the Gulf Islands, or dog sledding in Alaska’s Iditarod Trail, outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of adrenaline-pumping activities to enjoy. Canada and Alaska offer endless opportunities for adventure, from skiing and snowboarding in the winter to fishing and wildlife watching in the summer.
  • Vibrant Cities: From the bustling metropolis of Toronto to the charming streets of Quebec City, Canada’s cities are vibrant hubs of culture, cuisine, and entertainment. In Alaska, cities like Anchorage and Juneau offer a unique blend of urban amenities and natural beauty, with easy access to outdoor recreation and wilderness adventures.

Explore National Parks: Canada and Alaska are home to some of the world’s most stunning national parks, including Banff, Jasper, Glacier Bay, and Wrangell-St. Elias. Visitors can hike, camp, and wildlife spot amidst breathtaking scenery.

Experience Indigenous Culture: Learn about Canada’s Indigenous peoples through cultural tours, art galleries, and traditional ceremonies. In Alaska, visit Native heritage centers and villages to gain insight into Alaska Native traditions and way of life.

Wildlife Watching: Embark on wildlife viewing tours to spot grizzly bears, humpback whales, bald eagles, and other iconic species in their natural habitats. Canada’s Churchill, Manitoba, is known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” offering unparalleled opportunities for polar bear viewing.

Northern Lights: Witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, illuminating the night sky with vibrant colors and dancing patterns. Head to remote locations in Canada’s Yukon or Alaska’s Fairbanks for the best chance to see this natural phenomenon.

Culinary Delights: Taste some special local dishes. Canada and Alaska offer a diverse range of dining experiences, showcasing the unique flavors and ingredients of the region. For a taste of French Canadian cuisine, try tourtière, a savory meat pie filled with seasoned ground meat. Alaskan dishes often showcase caribou, moose, elk, and reindeer.  Indigenous communities contribute traditional dishes like akutaq (Eskimo ice cream), smoked salmon, and fry bread made with local ingredients. Beverage boasts locally-made beers, spirits, and wines, each offering unique flavors. Canada and Alaska’s diverse population brings international cuisines, including Asian, Russian, and Native American dishes like borscht, sushi, and Filipino adobo, enriching the culinary landscape with multicultural flavors.

Spend some time shopping: Canada caters to all preferences, from upscale malls to quaint boutiques. Major cities feature expansive shopping centers housing a variety of brands. Explore local markets for fresh produce and unique souvenirs. Fashion enthusiasts can browse trendy boutiques and discover Canadian brands like Arc’teryx and The Ordinary for outdoor gear and skincare products. For bargain hunters, outlet malls offer discounted prices on popular brands. Whether seeking luxury fashion, local treasures, or discounted goods, shopping in Canada provides a rewarding experience for visitors.In Alaska, shopping is not just a transaction; it’s an experience that connects visitors to the heart of the Last Frontier. Anchorage’s bustling markets, such as the Anchorage Market, offer a vibrant array of handmade crafts and jewelry. Stalls were adorned with intricate wood carvings, exquisite beadwork, and authentic Alaskan souvenirs, making each purchase a cherished memento of their journey.

Notable Festivals: Calgary Stampede in Alberta, featuring rodeo and western culture, the Toronto International Film Festival in Ontario, a premier film event, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival in Quebec, the world’s largest jazz festival. In Alaska, key festivals include the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, celebrating the state’s fur trading heritage, the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, showcasing agriculture and culture, and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, an iconic long-distance race beginning in Anchorage.

Currency: Both Canada and Alaska accept US dollars, but it’s advisable to carry local currency for smaller purchases and transactions.

Weather: Be prepared for variable weather conditions, especially in Alaska, where temperatures can fluctuate dramatically. Pack layers, waterproof clothing, and sturdy footwear for outdoor activities.

Transportation: Renting a car is a convenient way to explore Canada and Alaska, especially in remote areas with limited public transportation. Consider joining guided tours or cruises for hassle-free travel experiences.

Safety: Always adhere to wildlife viewing guidelines and safety precautions when exploring natural areas. Be aware of potential hazards such as wildlife encounters, slippery terrain, and unpredictable weather conditions.

Canada and Alaska offer so much, which is one of the many reasons that we’ve put this location into our travel calendar. As with all trips organized by Luxury Women’s Tours, you get to travel with a fabulous group of like-minded ladies, sharing companionship and experiences. We curate all the best tours and ensure that you’re always safe. We do the hard work; just sit back, relax, and wait for scheduled trips. You just have to ensure you’ve got a current passport ( at least 6 months before expiration from the date of departure) and pack your bag. Oh, and make sure you’ve got lots of space on your phone (or camera) to take heaps of fabulous photos. 

In conclusion, Canada and Alaska offer a captivating blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and outdoor adventure. Whether you’re seeking breathtaking landscapes, immersive cultural experiences, or thrilling outdoor activities, these northern territories have something for everyone. Plan your journey to Canada and Alaska and embark on an unforgettable adventure into the heart of the wild north.

If this tour or any of our other well-planned tours interest you or you have questions, please reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you. We create travel destinations that create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

View our women’s group tour to Canada and Alaska in September 2024 here: Canada and Alaska Hidden Gems: From Vancouver to the Rockies and Beyond

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