Kluane National Park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and largest internationally protected area on the planet. It is home to the largest non-polar icefields in the world and 17 of Canada's 20 tallest mountains including Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak. Ancient glaciers feed the Alsek River that flows through the sprawling Alsek Valley and dall sheep, mountain goats, caribou, wolves, grizzlies and black bears roam the massive park.
Flightseeing tours are a quick way to get deep into the park. Land and step out onto a glacier to take in the vast surroundings. Some adventurers experience Kluane by rafting a Canadian Heritage River to see grizzlies, eagles and glaciers. Paddling Kathleen Lake which has campsites, a day-use site and trails, is slower paced but every bit as wonderful. See wildflowers on a stroll along the lakeshore or hike up to the cirque of King's Throne for far reaching views of the lake and landscape.
Besides spectacular scenery in the Kluane Region, the First Nation cultures wait to be explored.
For 5,000 years the Champagne area has been occupied by Indigenous people. The site just off the Alaska Highway is also home to Long Ago Peoples Place, an authentic recreation of a traditional First Nations village. Pay a visit to learn about the Southern Tutchone history and culture, enjoy bannock, hear stories and feel the connection to the land.
A scenic drive leads from Haines Junction to the Kluane Museum of Natural History in Burwash Landing on the shores of Kluane Lake. The museum's fascinating exhibits include many that offer another look at the traditional way of life of the area's Southern Tutchone people.
Just before the Canada-US border is Beaver Creek home to the White River First Nation. Archeological evidence shows people have lived in this area for 10,000 years. The Visitor Information Centre displays examples of intricate beadwork and other traditional crafts.
Besides these interesting stops along the highway, First Nation tour operators offer unique, immersive experiences. Hear captivating legends, learn about living off the land and spot wildlife and medicinal plants.
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The vast wilderness of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland is like nowhere else on earth. Visiting Inuit communities along Baffin Island all the way through the famous Northwest Passage, offers incredible insight to life above the Arctic Circle. Encounters with polar bears, whales and seals, impressive ice formations, massive glaciers, as well as the possibility of seeing the northern lights, make expedition cruises to the Arctic with One Ocean Expeditions a transformational travel experience.
Aurora Expeditions, a world leader in polar voyaging, has responded to guest feedback by launching two new itineraries for its 2020/21 Arctic programme. Flexible in their approach to expeditionary voyaging and crafting itineraries that focus on the environment and wildlife, their customers have always been an intrinsic part of the voyaging experience.
In light of this commitment to their clientele, Aurora Expeditions asked for their help to decide which itineraries they would like included in the 2020/21 programme. Close to 1,000 people voted and chose the 'West Greenland Explorer' and 'Iceland Circumnavigation' as the top two itineraries to undertake with Aurora Expeditions on board new ship Greg Mortimer launching in October 2019.
“We asked our adventurous, well-travelled customer base which destinations they want to visit next, and we listened,” said Victoria Primrose, Head of Marketing and Product at Aurora Expeditions.
“Like the rest of the new 2020/21 programme, the 'West Greenland Explorer' and 'Iceland Circumnavigation' expeditions have been carefully curated to give passengers the opportunity to explore rugged and far-flung destinations. On these expeditions, passengers will have life-changing interactions and encounter dramatic landscapes; discovering some of the world's largest calving glaciers, ice fjords, black sand beaches, waterfalls and glacial lagoons."
For more information visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au