Alaska and the Rockies – Trip Highlights

Where did I go: Alaska, US, and Western Canada (Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary)

When did I go: Late May, 2016

Last month, we took a trip of a lifetime to Alaska and Western Canada. We spent  3 nights in Vancouver, BC and then boarded the Celebrity Infinity for a 7 day cruise to Alaska. Upon our return to Vancouver, we hired a car and drove from Vancouver to Calgary, stopping in Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff.

I will be writing many posts on the trip in the coming weeks and months, but I couldn’t help sharing some trip highlights first of all. So, here they are:

  1. Flyover Canada in Vancouver: Virtual helicopter ride over Canada’s most magnificent landscapes. Best value for money attraction in Vancouver, in my opinion. Not only you fly over amazing landscapes, you can smell the meadows and feel the mist from the Niagara falls. No photos, but a link here with a 30 second video of the experience.
  2. Grouse mountain, Vancouver:  Meeting the two resident grizzlies, Grinder and Coola was a big highlight and the Lumberjack show had us in stitches all the way through. Full details here.
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    Grinder and Coola

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    Lumberjack show – Log rolling
  3. Hubbard glacier, Alaska: Getting close to the Hubbard glacier (the largest tidewater glacier in Alaska) aboard the cruise ship and seeing 400 year old ice calving in to the ocean. Full report here.

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    Hubbard Glacier
  4. Icy Strait Point zip ride: Thrilling ride on the World’s Largest zip ride at Icy Strait point. Dropping 1330 feet (for comparison, that’s taller than the Empire State building in New York) in 90 seconds! Full story here.
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    It’s a loooooong way down – 1330 feet to be exact!

     

  5. Whales: Two humpback whales jumped out of the water and fell back down at Icy Strait Point, whilst we were walking down the sea front. No warning whatsoever. No photos (as I didn’t have my camera ready), but it’s a sight I shall never forget. Photo below is of Celebrity Millenium (Infinity’s sister ship) docked at Icy Strait Point.

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    Celebrity Millenium at Icy Strait Point
  6. Misty fjords in Ketchikan: Ride aboard a fast catamaran boat to see the Misty fjords in Ketchikan. Think Narnia, Lord of the rings and the Lost World, all rolled together. Full report here.IMG_6848IMG_6842
  7. Driving across the Rockies: Driving from Vancouver to Calgary via Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff. Snow capped peaks rising left and right, lakes around every corner and the endless road. Most amazing scenery I’ve ever seen.IMG_7308IMG_7312IMG_7330SL273297
  8. Exploring the Athabasca Glacier: Going on to the Athabasca glacier on a 6-wheel drive ice explorer. Walking (and slipping) on the glacier and filling our water bottles from the glacier streams. IMG_7241IMG_7250
  9. Glacier Skywalk: Walking across the glass walkway suspended 1000 feet above the Sunwapta valley, and staring into the river canyon below. Amazing and terrifying at the same time. IMG_7282
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    Sunwapta Valley – The Glacier Skywalk is on the left

     

  10. Lake Louise hike  – A 6 hour hike to two of the highest tea houses in the Canadian Rockies. Amazing views of Lake Louise and even more glaciers.
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    Lake Louise from above

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    Plain of Six Glaciers
  11. River safari and bears: Going on a jet boat safari in blue river and seen two black bears – having a friendly brawl.

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    Black bears in blue river
  12. Last but by no means least, Canadians: All the Canadians that we met on our trip, without exception, were really lovely. Everyone was so polite, friendly  and happy, with a fantastic sense of humor. This is what made our trip really memorable and fun and one of the main reasons we will be returning to Canada in the future – many times, I hope!

There are several other highlights that I haven’t listed above, Mendenhall glacier, Athabasca falls, Hell’s Gate, Lake Maligne, Meitte Hot Springs, the list goes on. There will be many posts over the coming weeks on all these and more. Don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂

This post is a part of #MondayEscapes with Packing My Suitcase and My Travel Monkey .

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19 comments

  1. Looks an incredible trip and your photos are amazing! Thanks for following my blog, Le Chic En Rose 🙂 I’m now following yours and look forward to reading more of your posts! My parents in law once sent us a postcard from Lake Louise many moons ago and I thought then what a gorgeous place it looked! Best wishes Rosemary 🙂

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    1. I see. Well, Alaska is definitely worth going to, uncle or no uncle. Landscapes there are changing so rapidly, because many of the glaciers are retreating.

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