When to Visit:
Jun-Sep
Currency:
Canadian Dollar, US Dollar
Language:
English, French
Time Zone:
GMT -5 to -8

Alaska and Canada - At a Glance

Canada is an underrated destination, with limitless things to see, do and discover. From whales on the wild West Coast to the Polar Bears in the Arctic North, there is a serious amount of wildlife to encounter.

And Alaska never ceases to impress.
Pure and vast, Alaska is a place that stirs your basic instincts and invites you to explore its rawness.

This is the place to see bears snatching leaping salmon out of gushing waterfalls or see majestic moose, musk oxen, gray wolves, caribou and more in relative abundance.

Land your helicopter on a glacier, or paddle down a pristine river. It is all epic.

Philanthropic Experiences

First Nations cultural engagement – Canada

First Nations cultural engagement – Canada

Thanks to your $2,500 donation to youth development, you are invited to Kingcome Village, a First Nations peoples community in Canada, where you will be taken on a tour culminating in a dance performance by […]

Conserving Wild Salmon – Canada

Conserving Wild Salmon – Canada

With a donation of $4,000 to The Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society you will be invited on an exclusive wild salmon conservation day. The salmon are the backbone of this entire region and they are […]

Other Highlights of Alaska and Canada

Sample Itinerary & Pricing

The suggested 14 day itinerary is $45,000 per person, including your flight from Canada to Alaska. Other international flights are not included, but we can arrange these for you, including private jet

WHERE TO REST YOUR HEAD

First Nations cultural engagement – Canada

First Nations cultural engagement – Canada

Thanks to your $2,500 donation to youth development, you are invited to Kingcome Village, a First Nations peoples community in Canada, where you will be taken on a tour culminating in a dance performance by […]

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Conserving Wild Salmon – Canada

Conserving Wild Salmon – Canada

With a donation of $4,000 to The Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society you will be invited on an exclusive wild salmon conservation day. The salmon are the backbone of this entire region and they are […]

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 Zip lining and bear tracking – Canada

Zip lining and bear tracking – Canada

Ziplining This thrilling eco-adventure is fun for the whole family! This experience features 2.5 hours of ziplining on a series of five zipline cables with a combined length of over 800 metres—a half-mile! Ziplines are […]

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 Flightseeing – Alaska

Flightseeing – Alaska

Although Alaska contains the largest protected wilderness on earth, most adventurers never get past over-crowded Denali or, at best, McCarthy. The Wrangell Mountains are notoriously dangerous and difficult to navigate on foot, even in summer. […]

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 Wildlife Encounter – Alaska

Wildlife Encounter – Alaska

There is an element of the unexpected — the thrill of being in a place where nature leads us, and not the other way around. When we put ourselves in nature’s hands we forget our […]

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 Polar Bear Safari – Canada

Polar Bear Safari – Canada

From three remote polar bear lodges deep in the heart of polar bear country you’ll feel like you’re in another world. You can even see polar bears in summer at the Seal River Heritage Lodge. […]

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 Heli-Adventure – Canada

Heli-Adventure – Canada

Explore 50,000 square miles of extraordinary wilderness with your private helicopter. Experienced pilots/guides will take you to 10,000 year old glaciers, snow-capped mountain tops, old growth forests, white sand beaches, waterfalls, pristine lakes, remote islands, […]

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 Wilderness and Wildlife – Canada

Wilderness and Wildlife – Canada

On Canada’s west coast, enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, Great Bear Rainforest hiking, whale watching, bear watching, marine life tours, and so much more. Experienced guides will create an adventure package that fits your unique desires, […]

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Ultima Thule – Alaska

Stretching from Canada’s Yukon Territory to the Pacific Ocean, The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is part of the largest protected land mass on earth. But most people will never see it. Although the land surrounding […]

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Nimmo Bay Resort – Canada

Set along the coastline at the foothills of Mt. Stephens, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is a journey into the wild! A glacier-fed waterfall provides drinking water and green energy, where luxury and sustainability are realized […]

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Four Seasons Whistler – Canada

Opened in 2004, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler is now Whistler’s only five-star resort, and a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award. It rests at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, within walking distance of […]

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Churchill Wild – Manitoba – Canada

The polar bears won’t remember you. You will never forget them, hiking at ground level through their remote territory for a heart-pounding close encounter. Arctic Canada has a spectacular landscape, from estuary to Boreal forest, […]

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THE ULTIMATE NORTH AMERICAN ITINERARY

Sample Itinerary & Pricing

The suggested 14 day itinerary is $45,000 per person, including your flight from Canada to Alaska. Other international flights are not included, but we can arrange these for you, including private jet


DAY 1 ARRIVE WHISTLER

Upon arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you will be met by your driver for your two and a half hour transfer to Whistler.
You have a 3-night stay at Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler
Enjoy your Four Seasons Executive Suite with a view of the mountains.

Opened in 2004, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler is now Whistler’s only five-star resort, and a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award. It rests at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, within walking distance of the Blackcomb ski lifts and a short shuttle to the village and Whistler Mountain. It features a restaurant and lounge, outdoor pool and whirlpools, health club and full service spa, along with its 273 luxurious guest rooms—each with cozy wood interiors, stone fireplaces, and terraces or balconies.

DAY 2 ZIP-LINING & BEAR TRACKING

Scheduled Ziptrek Bear Tour (3-hours).
This thrilling eco-adventure is fun for the whole family! This experience features 2.5 hours of ziplining on a series of five zipline cables with a combined length of over 800 metres—a half-mile!

Ziplines are joined together by suspension bridges, aerial stairways, and a ground-based trail. As your adrenaline pumps, you’ll enjoy the hidden beauty of Fitzsimmons Creek and the picturesque forest valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

Along the way, ziptrek guides teach you about local ecology and Whistler’s coastal temperate rainforest. Transportation to and from Whistler Resort is included.

Scheduled Bear Viewing & Ecology Tour

On this three-hour experience, you’ll track and learn about black bears with the local authority—expert Michael Allen, who has been conducting research on the bears for more than 10 years.

Rising above Whistler Village are the vast coastal hemlock-cedar forests of the Whistler Blackcomb ski area. Interspersed with ski trails, these forests provide diverse food and shelter for some 50 black bears. From a comfortable 4×4 vehicle, you’ll experience pristine views of wildlife and one of the most spectacular alpine settings in the world at sunset. You’ll wander through old growth coastal forests, visit active bear dens, daybeds, and feeding sites, and witness evening play between a mother and her cubs.

Along the way, you’ll learn how conservation and enhancement initiatives help to sustain healthy populations, and how mountain resorts are redesigning recreational experiences for a sustainable future.

DAY 3 - WHITEWATER RAFTING

This adventure includes 3 hours navigating the gushing rapids of the Elaho and Squamish Rivers for the ultimate rafting adventure.

Along the way, you’ll be awed by ancient glaciers, waterfalls, picturesque wilderness, and a delicious locally sourced BBQ lunch.

The route comprises the last four miles (6.5 km) of the Elaho and more than 10 miles (16 km) of the Squamish, featuring the lively Steamroller, White Dog, Devil’s Elbow, and Cheeseball rapids. The gourmet lunch is served at the Elaho base camp after the run.

DAY 4 - FLY TO NIMMO BAY

Private transfer to Whistler Seaplane Dock.
Today you will be met by your driver at your hotel for your transfer to the Whistler Seaplane Dock.

Enjoy a private chartered Beaver seaplane flight from Green Lake to Nimmo Bay.

All meals, house alcohol, wine & beer, and staff gratuities are included during your stay.

For thirty years Nimmo Bay Resort has been a leader in helicopter adventures to the Islands’ most beautiful and special places, according to a 2009 Forbes Traveler feature.

Their Theory of Hospitality says it all: Expectations Exceeded = Memories Created. The Nimmo Bay Resort is in the wilderness of the Great Bear Rain Forest in coastal British Columbia, Canada. It’s close to the town of Port Hardy, but is accessible only by air or water. The welcoming staff and unparalleled hospitality offered by the Murray Family make for a world class wilderness adventure.

Activities to choose from include:

> Beach combing
> Boat tours

> Fishing lessons
> Hiking
> Kayaking
> Lake swimming
> Snorkelling
> Stand up paddle boarding
> Whale and bear watching
> Waterfall tours
> Yoga classes

DAY 5 - HELI-EXPERIENCE

Private Helicopter Day Trip.
Explore 130,000 square kilometres (50,000 square miles) of extraordinary wilderness in your private helicopter.

Your guides will take you to 10,000 year old glaciers, mountain tops, old growth forests, white sand beaches, waterfalls, pristine lakes, remote islands, hot springs, isolated rivers, and cultural museums.

At each location you may find yourself heli-hiking, swimming, rafting, drifting, fishing, learning, playing, taking photos, or wildlife viewing.

This adventure is tailored to your specific desires, and the possibilities are truly endless.

DAY 6 - PHILANTHROPIC EXPERIENCE - SALMON

Today is your exclusive wild salmon conservation day. The salmon are the backbone of this entire region and they are a fascinating species sadly under threat.

Meet Dr Alexandra Morton who is the most influential researcher and activist for wild salmon on the West Coast, who will guide you on a tour of the Salmon Coast field station before boating to a salmon bearing river with biologist Megan Adams where you will catch a salmon in order to take a DNA sample.

Then head to a bear hair snag site to collect bear DNA samples and potentially view a bear in their natural habitat. This is an educational day that combines conservation biology, gorgeous boating and bear viewing with experienced and enigmatic biologists along to help!

This is a transformational experience for wildlife enthusiasts and anyone interested in the scientific aspect of this amazing coastline.

DAY 7 - PHILANTHROPIC EXPERIENCE - CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT

You are invited to Kingcome Village, a First Nations community where you are taken on a tour culminating in a dance performance by the local traditional children’s dance group in full regalia.

This is a special opportunity for anyone interested in cultural experiences and your donation goes to youth upliftment and development initiatives.

DAY 8 - FLY BACK TO VANCOUVER

Take a seaplane transfer from Nimmo Bay to Port Hardy and on to Vancouver.
Upon arrival at the South Terminal of Vancouver International Airport, you will be met by your driver for your transfer to your hotel.

1-night stay at Fairmont Pacific Rim
1x Signature Harbour Mountain View Room

Completed in February 2010, the Fairmont Pacific Rim is Vancouver’s newest five-star hotel—and arguably its most luxurious.

Located downtown, on Vancouver’s waterfront, the Fairmont Pacific Rim offers unobstructed views of the snow-capped North Shore Mountains, Stanley Park, and Howe Sound.

It boasts 367 lavish rooms including 47 suites, a fine dining restaurant, a casual lounge and lobby bar, plus an Italian deli and bakery. Other amenities include the Willow Stream Spa, complete with rooftop pool and lounge.

DAY 9 - FLY TO ANCHORAGE

Today you will be met by your driver at your hotel for your transfer to the Vancouver International Airport.
You fly to Anchorage to begin the next part of their trip.

Upon arrival at the Anchorage International Airport, you are met by your driver for your transfer to your hotel.
1-night stay at Hotel Captain Cook in a Captain’s Deck Corner Suite

Arguably the only luxury hotel in Anchorage, and boasting downtown’s only four-diamond restaurant, the Captain Cook offers top service and accommodations for international travelers.

Three restaurants, an athletic club, a full business center, and 14 shopping venues complement the 547 guest rooms.

Perhaps the best features of the centrally-located hotel are its panoramic views of Cook Inlet, the Chugach Mountains, the Anchorage cityscape, and Mt. McKinley.
Beds: One King bed
View: Bay and mountain

Private Anchorage sightseeing tour

Meet your driver for your private sightseeing tour of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet, Anchorage has everything you would expect in a major metropolitan area plus oceans, mountains, and a wonderful mix of cultures.

At the end of your sightseeing tour, you’ll return by way of some of Anchorage’s best-known sites.

Visit the homestead and studio of renowned Alaskan artist, Jon Van Zyle, and his wife, Jona. Over lunch with your hosts, you’ll discover that art is Jon’s life, and Alaska—all of Alaska—is Jon’s inspiration.

In addition to viewing your hosts’ impressive art gallery and collection of Eskimo artifacts, you’ll have a chance to hear about Jon’s dog sledding adventures—he has twice completed the 1,049 miles of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race—and meet the Siberian huskies he raises and trains. Jon is also the artist in residence at Denali National Park and Preserve, and has created the yearly Iditarod poster series commemorating the race and his involvement.

DAY 10 - FLY TO ULTIMA THULE

Board your private chartered Cessna 172 wheel plane flight from Anchorage to McCarthy-Kennicott.

Upon arrival in McCarthy, you will meet your Ultima Thule Lodge pilot and guide and board a small plane for the short flight out to your final destination of the day, Ultima Thule Lodge.

All meals and house beer & wine are included during your stay.

Stretching from Canada’s Yukon Territory to the Pacific Ocean, The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is part of the largest protected land mass on earth. But most people will never see it. Although the land surrounding Ultima Thule Lodge is deep in a national park, it is utterly inaccessible and almost entirely unvisited.

Here in the heart of the wilderness, a hundred miles from the end of the road, bears roam glittering sandbars. Moose feast on wild vegetation. Dall sheep tread their ancient mountain paths and eagles soar from cliff to spruce.

With a maximum of 12 guests at a time, you will find the lodge is an oasis of relaxation and personal experience.

Upon arrival at the lodge and once you are settled, you will meet with your pilot guides for a general orientation and set your plans for the following days. You will have the afternoon to begin your adventures.

Each private cabin is uniquely appointed, with stained glass windows, a cherry writing desk, plush and elegant leather Craftsman furniture, and a quintessentially Alaskan devotion to primal comforts. Although every touch of civilization was either hand made on site or carefully selected and flown here, it’s hard to picture that armchair strapped into the back of the little plane you rode in. Not to mention the wrought-iron stove.

The attention to detail and unique wilderness charm of each cabin instantly make you feel at ease and at home. There is also a cedar sauna/self-spa that makes for a great place to relax after a full day of adventuring.

Dining is in the main lodge building and features gourmet meals prepared with fresh Alaskan ingredients. There is a large organic garden on site where most of the veggies are grown, and salmon and wild game is harvested locally. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.

Great care is taken to ensure that you can relax with every comfort and enjoy the best that the wilderness has to offer!

DAY 11-13 - ALASKAN ADVENTURES

The philosophy of the Claus family, who have owned and operated the lodge since it was built in the 1950’s, is “Wilderness is the unexpected. We let nature lead us, not the other way around, so every day here is different.”

There is no fixed itinerary here. When you wake and make your way to the grand room at the main lodge, the Claus family is already studying the skies.

The Clauses and their experienced Alaskan wilderness guides can help you discover the perfect activity to match your experience level and your interests.

“In these Piper Super Cubs we can land you anywhere,” says Paul, one of the most celebrated bush pilots in Alaska. “We can fly you up into a mountain valley, put you down on a sandbar at the edge of the forest, and guide you on a hike that literally no one has ever done before.”

One day, you may fly to explore an abandoned gold mine. Or kayak and fish for salmon in a glacial fed river. Or hike in pursuit of Dall sheep across a mountain ridge. The next day you may find yourself landing in the middle of the largest non-polar glacier in the world, the Bagley Icefield, for an undisturbed view of the earth’s most massive pile of rock and ice—Mt. Logan.

Or maybe your pilot will take you flying over the pinnacle of Mount St. Elias, the largest vertical rock face on Earth. You’ll dust Elias’ snowy peak, then dive down over the glacier fields, breeze over the grassy plains, and glide out to the Pacific Ocean. Land on the beach and eat the gourmet picnic lunch sent along in the back of the plane.

There is no added or hourly charter cost for flying – it’s part of the experience. There is really no other way to see this land.
All activities at Ultima Thule Lodge are 100% tailored and customized to each person’s interests, desires, and fitness levels.
Some adventure examples:
> Air Safari Adventures
> Glacier Exploration and Hiking
> Hiking and Trekking – Alpine Tundra, or Boreal Rainforests
> Bear and Big Game Wildlife Viewing
> Bird Watching
> River Rafting
> Photography
> Beach Combing
> Wilderness Discovery and Immersion
> Downhill Sledding on Glaciers (anytime of the year!)
> Visit Gold Rush Era Historic Sites
> Wine & Cheese Luncheon on the Icefield
> Comfort Camping (sleep out in a cozy camp away from the lodge)
> Mountaineering

DAY 14 - FLY OUT

This afternoon, you will say your good-byes to the Claus family and take one last flight with your pilot back to McCarthy and on to Anchorage.
From here you fly out, perhaps to explore more of Alaska or Canada.

Like what you see? Like it but want to make some changes? Either way, get in touch and we will make it happen for you.

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