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Category Archives: Alaska

Photo of the Week: Creek Street- Ketchikan, Alaska

A visit to Ketchikan would not be complete without a walk down the historic boardwalk of Creek Street. Creek Street is a collection of restaurants, shops, museums and private homes built on wooden pilings above the shores of Ketchikan Creek. While its colourful buildings definitely caught my eye, even more intriguing was the history of...

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Photo of the Week: Fireweed in Alaska

During our time in Alaska, I kept seeing these beautiful pink wildflowers, growing just off the sides of the road. The colour was so eye-catching, they almost appeared to glow in the sunlight! I usually only share one photo for my Photo of the Week series, but I couldn’t decide which picture I liked best,...

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All Aboard The McKinley Explorer! – A Ride on the Scenic Alaska Railroad

It’s no secret that we love travelling by train! We’ve made many train trips over the years, but our journey on the Alaska Railroad was the most scenic train trip we’ve been on so far. Our ride on the McKinley Explorer was part of our Alaska cruise. We chose an itinerary that had a land...

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Denali National Park- A Living Masterpiece

Sitting at the back of an old, refurbished school-type bus, we stare out the windows as we slowly make our way along the single dusty, dirt road of Denali National Park. Six million of acres of wild land surround us. Initially, I’m surprised by what I see. The landscape is not the jagged, snow-capped mountains...

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Into the Ice- Glacier Bay, Alaska

The scenery during our Alaska cruise was spectacular the entire way through, but nothing was quite as dramatic as sailing into Glacier Bay. Glistening in the mist, the smooth, turquoise, water below us was mesmerizing. The bay was calm, quiet, yet I was bursting with anticipation for what was to come. Small icebergs floated past,...

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Photo of the Week: Mount Denali, Alaska

On a clear day, the peak of Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley) can be seen all the way from Anchorage, about 210 km away. Denali is the highest peak in North America at 20,320 feet (6,194 metres). The mountain is a giant block of granite, pushed up from the Earth’s crust during a period...

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Driving the Klondike Highway- Alaska to the Yukon

When you arrive in Skagway by cruise ship, one of your shore excursion options is to ride the train along the old White Pass and Yukon railway route. While it sounded like a fun experience, we wanted to explore the same area on our own. So instead of taking the train, we decided to rent a car and spend the...

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Skagway, Alaska- Gateway to the Gold Rush

The boardwalk echoed below our feet as we strolled into Skagway, the small town of 900 still and quiet during the morning hours. Early 20th century buildings lined the streets where many of men before us had walked, chasing the promise of “Gold in the Yukon!” As the gateway for gold-seekers embarking on the Chilkoot...

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A Visit to Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau

Mendenhall Glacier is Juneau’s top tourist attraction and one of Alaska’s most accessible glaciers. A quick 15 minute drive from downtown Juneau is all you need to reach the enormous sheet of ice. Visiting Mendenhall Glacier Stretching over 2.5 kilometres wide and 19 kilometres long, Mendenhall is sure to impress, even from afar. We caught...

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Flightseeing in Ketchikan, Alaska- Misty Fjords National Monument

As part of our bear viewing excursion in Neets Bay, we got to enjoy a ride in a float plane and marvel at Alaska’s monumental beauty from above. All buckled in for our flight back to Ketchikan, our pilot announced over our headsets, “My next flight isn’t until 12:30. It’s such a beautiful day, we’ve...

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Bear Watching at Neets Bay, Alaska

My favourite day of our Alaska cruise was in Ketchikan, when we went on a bear watching excursion to Neets Bay. After a short floatplane ride flying over stunning scenery of mountains, lakes and forests, we smoothly landed in Neets Bay and glided up to the dock to meet our guide. Bear Viewing at Neets...

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Our Alaska Cruise Itinerary- An Introduction to Each Port of Call

An Alaska cruise is a trip that everyone should take at least once in their lifetime. And I say that as someone who isn’t always the biggest fan of ocean cruising. We were only a few days into our trip and Mike and I were already saying that we wanted to do this again! The...

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