GRAND AMER­I­CAN AD­VEN­TURES

From huge peaks to ea­gle en­coun­ters, Canada is the per­fect es­cape for ad­ven­tures big and small…

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pic wilder­nesses. Unique wildlife en­coun­ters. Huge sights. For those seek­ing a mas­sive ad­ven­ture, Canada has it all, and mostly served up in XXL por­tions. But spend­ing time here re­veals an­other side to life in Amer­ica’s far north-east: close-ups of its indige­nous cul­tures, gold-rush his­tory and wealth of birdlife.

To en­sure vis­i­tors get the best of Canada, Grand Amer­i­can

Ad­ven­tures’ small group tours are ex­pertly de­signed to re­veal both the big and the small pic­ture. With an itin­er­ary to suit just about ev­ery taste – from broad coun­try over­views to spe­cial­ist ac­tiv­i­ties – their wide range of Canada trips take trav­ellers on guided trails, vis­its to tra­di­tional vil­lages and, of course, to the iconog­ra­phy that makes a visit here un­for­get­table.

BIG EX­PE­RI­ENCE

Few tours of­fer a bet­ter grasp of both the macro and mi­cro glo­ries of Canada than Grand Amer­i­can Ad­ven­tures’ 14-day Yukon and

Alaska Walk. The first point of call is over the Alaskan bor­der, where you can en­joy the gold rush her­itage of Sk­ag­way be­fore head­ing into the forests and rocky sum­mits of the Chilkat Penin­sula. High­points (lit­eral and oth­er­wise) in­clude a pair of peaks ( Ri­ley and Rip­in­ski), time with the res­i­dents of Kluk­wan’s Tlin­git In­dian Vil­lage and gate­crash­ing the world’s largest con­vo­ca­tion of bald ea­gles at the Alaska Chilkat Bald Ea­gle Pre­serve.

There’s more wild en­coun­ters to be had on the other side of the bor­der. Griz­zly bears can be spot­ted – from a safe dis­tance – on the rugged trails that line Klu­ane Na­tional Park. These hikes will take you past 5,959mhigh Mount Lo­gan and the jew­els of the Saint Elias range, as well as the world’s largest non-po­lar ice field – Kaskawulsh Glacier. The high adren­a­line ex­pe­ri­ences aren’t just lim­ited to the wildlife, though; nearby Tat­shen­shiniAlsek Wilder­ness Park of­fers thrilling river raft­ing as well as some fine wild hik­ing.

Daw­son City, mean­while, has more gold rush his­tory and big views courtesy of its Mid­night Dome. The tour’s fi­nal days in iso­lated Tomb­stone Ter­ri­to­rial Park re­veal a hiker’s mecca: a lit­tle-seen maze of lakes, peaks, griz­zlies, cari­bou and epic views – ev­ery­thing you’d want from North Amer­ica’s wild north-east.

GRAND AD­VEN­TURE

With the widest se­lec­tion of ex­pert-led small group tours in the US, Canada, Cen­tral and South Amer­ica, you’re spoiled for choice with Grand Amer­i­can Ad­ven­tures. There’s over 70 itin­er­ar­ies to pick from, whether you’re a solo trav­eller, cou­ple or fam­ily, and their lo­cal guides take the stress out of your trav­els and bring with them un­ri­valled ex­per­tise and knowl­edge – the per­fect way to re­alise your big Cana­dian ad­ven­ture.

There’s a moose loose… Spend­ing time with the denizens of the Yukon Ter­ri­tory’s Wind River; ( bot­tom) Dakka Kwan First Na­tions dancers

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