Canada: Adventures in Your Backyard
It is becoming more and more obvious that interest in intra-country travel is heading toward an all-time high and will remain so for a while. Therefore, we recommend that you help your clients discover the attractions in the states and provinces near them. Demand for travel that is close to home will be boosted by the marketing efforts of tourism groups, the interest in seasonal outdoor activities, and current international travel restrictions. The opportunity for agents is in creating itineraries that balance the need for safety and security with the desire for escape and adventure.
For you to take advantage of that opportunity, you must gain as much information as you can, specifically about North America. Enroll today in the North America Destination Specialist Course. And for more learning about planning innovative options for clients going to “must-see” destinations, register for the webinar, Overtourism—Be Part of the Solution on August 6 at 11:00 am (EDT). For those of you with Premium Access, both of these educational opportunities are included at no charge as part of your benefits.
This week, we explore Canada Territories.
The Territories are for adventures—both soft and hard. Sports enthusiasts can paddle lakes and rivers with canoes and kayaks, ride or walk trails, ski or snowboard, access the backcountry by air or snowmobile, climb the highest peaks, take a family hike up a smaller mountain, or try ice climbing and dog sledding.
The almost nonstop daylight in summer brings temperatures into the 70s in many places in the interior, stirs animal and plant life seen nowhere else in the world, and gives almost endless opportunities for outdoor adventures—from the tranquil to the thrilling.
Canada’s Far North is divided into territories whose landmass is larger than all but a handful of countries.
Much of the Yukon is a series of rugged mountain chains. Kluane National Park and Reserve (which adjoins Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Alaska Highway runs along the eastern border of this park, and visitors can take short hikes into it. Mount Logan is Canada’s highest mountain at 19,551 feet and North America’s second highest (after Denali).
Whitehorse, the capital, was one of the starting points of the Klondike gold rush between 1896 and 1899. Relics from that era are on display at the MacBride Museum. Visitors might want to tour the SS Klondike paddlewheeler, which the government has declared a National Historic Site.
Dawson City was the center of the Klondike gold rush. Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall operates as it did in the past, and the Dawson City Museum gives visitors a history of Yukon’s First Peoples, early explorers, and the gold rush.
Every February, Dawson City is the halfway mark for the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Mushers have a mandatory 36-hour layover in Dawson City while getting their rest and preparing for the second half of the world’s toughest sled dog race.
The Northwest Territories
The capital, Yellowknife, is 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle and provides an amazing view of the Northern Lights. Wilderness draws visitors to Yellowknife during the summer with promises of superb fishing in Great Slave Lake —the deepest body of water in North America—and glimpses of plentiful animal life. Attractions also include the Ingraham Trail, bush plane tours, and the architecture of Old Town.
Fort Simpson is a departure point for air expeditions into areas like Nahanni National Park. The park, in the Selwyn Mountains of the Mackenzie Range, has gorges as deep as the Grand Canyon and waterfalls twice the height of Niagara. Outfitters and adventure operators in Fort Simpson can arrange any type of visit, from an escorted expedition to a fly-in and drop-off for self-sufficient adventurers.
Inuvik is a base for adventure trips on the Mackenzie River and plane trips into the Arctic. Because of its northern location, Inuvik experiences an average of 58 days of continuous sunlight every summer and 30 days of polar night every winter.
Nunavut extends to the magnetic north pole and the Arctic Ocean. Its capital, Iqaluit, is on Baffin Island, which has national and historic parks and is noted for fjords, icebergs, and wildlife.
Tourism is all fly-in. It consists of those wishing to see or hunt wildlife and those who wish to experience a starkly beautiful part of the planet and the Inuit people who have lived here for centuries. There are scheduled flights to many locations and charters to others.
All visitors planning a wilderness expedition must register their plans with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) located nearest to their departure point.
There are fishing and hunting lodges and camps throughout the interior. Because of long distances and few services in between, advance planning and/or reservations are necessary. For information about what items can be brought into Canada, visitors should contact the Canada Border Services Agency.
Explore many more destinations in the North America Destination Specialist Course. And always verify reopening dates and hours before booking clients.