The best places to visit in Alaska and Canada

Aimee Spicer / 07 February 2016

Experience the world and all it's beauty! Discover the best places to visit in Alaska and Canada.



What can be better than the immense delight of getting out a map of Canada, pointing to the Rocky Mountains and dispensing with the ‘predictable’ label in doing so? 

Long haul destinations offer something a little different, so a holiday in Canada with a stop in Alaska is one way to challenge unfair stereotypes about age.

Visiting the National Parks

The Banff National Park sits in the Rocky Mountains and it is one of the most scenic sites in Canada. 

It hosts the serene Lake Louise, which covers 90 hectares and feeds off run off from the Victoria Glacier, and is home to elks, deer, bison, grizzly bears and other wildlife. 

The lake features a canoe dock during the summer months, and it’s possible to go skating on the frozen lake in wintertime. 

You can also take the cable car up Sulphur Mountain, which stands in the very heart of the Rockies, and gaze down on the beauty of the park in all its glory.

Jasper National Park, meanwhile, is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. It’s almost as if nature designed it especially for anyone wanting a taste of adventure. 

Backpacking, ice walking, white water rafting, dog sledding and cycling are all possible pursuits in the park. 

The area is home to beautiful wild cats and dogs such as lynxes and coyotes, and wildlife fans can also spot cute porcupines and other adorable small mammals. The park is a delight for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts alike.

Discover the Canadian Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer

Dropping by Vancouver

There are plenty of things to do in Vancouver. This city in British Columbia was the proud host of the Winter Olympic Games of 2010 and is no stranger to diversity. 

More than half of the population have a first tongue other than English. 

The Museum of Vancouver originally set out to present some of the world’s curiosities and Vancouver’s history to the city’s inhabitants, but it has since undergone a transformation and now aims to showcase the best of Vancouver not only to its people but to the world.

Where to see wildlife in Canada

Venturing into Alaska

Alaska is renowned for its glaciers, but the name Skagway might also ring a bell to you. 

This south eastern Alaskan town on the White Pass Trail became a boomtown during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century – one of the biggest in history. 

Thousands of people passed through Skagway, guided by the vision that the town formed part of the gateway to the Yukon fields of gold. 

This massive historical event is now preserved in local memory with a Gold Rush museum and tours.

Of course, you simply can’t travel to Alaska and miss the chance to discover those awesome glaciers we’ve just mentioned, which is why Saga puts cruises as part of the adventure. 

Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park is part of a whopping 25 million acre World Heritage site. Basically, it’s part of one of the largest international protected areas in the world, so cherish the adventure!

Discover Canada and Alaska for yourself on a holiday with Saga.

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