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1 Northern Canada & Alaska Far North Adventure Chapter 4

2 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 2

3 3 Cap of North America Unique Destinations Fishing & Hunting Nature Lovers Paradise Adventure and Eco Adventure Recreation Niche Market

4 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 4 How Travellers Get There Air - YZF, YEV, YFB, YXY First Air, Canadian North ANC, FAI, JNU Alaska Air Usually connections

5 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 5 How Travellers Get There (cont.) Road Travel Alaska Highway Mackenzie Highway #1 Not completely paved Hazardous during inclement weather Motorists advised to check reports before attempting travel into the northern regions

6 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 6 How Travellers Get There (cont.) Cruising Inside Passage cruising very popular in summer Seattle and Vancouver Anchorage, Whittier, Seward Allows pax to view scenery and take tours from the ship Many cruise lines have train/bus tours to enhance cruise experience

7 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 7 When to Go Winters Dark – 20 hours/day Freezing Snow Summer July & August * Daylight – 20hrs/day Jun/Sep budget

8 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 8 Getting Around Road travel Watch for gas stations Air Expensive but quick Train Alaska – ANC – FAI – AlaskaPass Cruises popular

9 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 9 Northwest Territories Land of the Midnight Sun Because of latitude – daylight almost 24 hours in the summer – but – opposite in winter! Northern Lights Aurora Borealis in autumn & winter Wildlife Wolves, whales, bison, bear Moose, muskoxen, caribou

10 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 10 Northwest Territories (cont.) Wilderness Boreal forests, tundra, mountains First Nations culture 1.17 million sq km pop. >40,000 – 33 communities Longest Canadian River Mackenzie 2 of Canadas Largest Lakes Great Slave & Great Bear

11 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 11 Yellowknife Great Slave Lake 512km s of Arctic Circle Only City in NWT Prince of Wales Heritage Centre Midnight Golf Classic Built on gold – now on diamonds Crafts, jewellery, Canadian Arctic Diamonds

12 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 12 Nahanni National Park 4766 km² Nahanni River Whitewater wilderness river Alpine tundra, mountain ranges Access via Fort Simpson UNESCO World Heritage Site Virginia Falls – vertical drop 2X Niagara

13 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 13 Nunavut April 1, 1999 formed our land in Inuktitut language of Inuit Access by air or sealift 2 million km² - only 26 communities Exotic arctic wilderness adventures Polar bears, narwhals, walruses, char Summer – daylight & flora, midnight sun Insect repellent mandatory! Iqualuit – pop >6000

14 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 14 Yukon Klondike gold rush Frontier spirit – historical sites Spectacular scenery Land of Midnight Sun Northern Lights Mount Logan

15 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 15 Yukon (cont.) Dawson, first capital Transferred to Whitehorse in 1953 Alaska highway & pipeline Pierre Burton Born Whitehorse, lived in Dawson Robert W Service lived in Whitehorse Cremation of Sam McGee

16 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 16 Whitehorse Home to 2007 Canada Winter Games Miles Canyon SS Klondike sternwheeler MacBride Museum Old Log Church Museum Yukon Wildlife preserve Takhini Hot Springs

17 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 17 Kluane National Park 22,000km² SW corner of Yukon Mt. Logan Tallest in Canada, 2 nd in N.A. 5951M

18 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 18 Alaska Largest state in US Bought from Russia in 1867 Approx 2¢ per acre Dog mushing is state sport Natural beauty Wildlife viewing, glacier hikes an adventure of a lifetime Pan for gold, fishing

19 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 19 Juneau Capital of Alaska Narrow streets, network of staircases Mt. Roberts ( tram ) & Mt, Juneau Gateway to glaciers Mendenhall Glacier – 21 km from Juneau Drive in glacier Plane ship or ferry – no road access

20 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 20 Anchorage Alaskas largest city Modern metropolis surrounded by wilderness Festivals & sporting events Wilderness experiences – winter & summer Portage Glacier & Begich Boggs Visitor Centre just 80 km south

21 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 21 Other towns….. Fairbanks Land of the Midnight Sun, Gold Rush Nome Similar to 100 years ago except for access Point Barrow Northernmost spot in US Sun rises on May 10 – sets on Aug 2 Sun sets on Nov 18 – does not rise until Jan 24

22 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 22 Inside Passage Natural protected waterway 1500km BC coast to Alaska Sitka, Skagway, Ketchikan, Glacier Bay Carnival, Celebrity, Crystal, HAL, NCL Princess, Regent 7 Seas, RCL BC Ferry Service partially

23 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 23 Alaska Railroad Rail service from Seward to Fairbanks Great views of landscape & wildlife Moose, Dall sheep, bear, elk Service between ANC & FAI Mt McKinley and Denali State Park White Pass & Yukon Skagway & Whitehorse – rail/bus Often used in cruise/tours

24 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 24 Denali National Park hectares 130 miles n of Anchorage Mt. McKinley – 6,194m Permanent snowfields cover >½ mountain Known locally as Denali great one Glaciers, tundra & wildlife

25 Copyright © 2007 by Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Limited 25 Accommodations Rustic Lodges Cabins Camping Bed & Breakfast Hotels found only in larger cities Alyeska Prince Hotel Only AAA 4 diamond-rated hotel in Alaska


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