Although it is located right next door to Canada, the “final frontier” of Alaska is quite a different world from nearby Yukon territories. Any Canadian hoping for tips for relocating to Alaska should know several differences between the state and their own home.
Depending on where you live in Canada, you may be used to a lot of open space in your vicinity. Anyone living on the great plains, for instance, is probably used to ten hour drives in order to get from one city to another. For any other Canadian accustomed to the tight spaces of Ontario, Quebec, or British Columbia, however, Alaska may seem like an entirely different place. Since the two largest cities are a full day’s drive apart, there is no such thing as a quick visit out of town. The low population density (just more than one person per square mile) along with about half the population living in Anchorage belies how few people there are in the massive area.
For those whose idea of a good time is getting far away from civilization, however, Alaska may seem like the perfect place to live. If you enjoy hiking, about half the state is a protected park, and you are capable of going up and down the mountains and glaciers that mark its beauty. Cruise tours tend to follow the straits of the state, pointing out wildlife and natural formations to visitors. Hunting and fishing are both huge pastimes in Alaska, especially when the salmon runs are so strong that it is more difficult to not catch a massive salmon than it is to come away with half a dozen at a time. Hunting for moose, elk, and even kodiak bears allows you to pit yourself against nature at its most basic level. One downside or upside, depending on your gender, about Alaska is the demographics, as men outnumber women by about three to two.
With a staggering collection of natural resources, there is always some way to find good work in Alaska. Many people work directly or indirectly for the huge oil production that takes place in the northern part of the state. Even if you are an unskilled worker, you can find a job on an oil rig that can pay as much as one hundred thousand dollars per year, although this is intensive and very dangerous work for the high pay.
If you are a Canadian looking for a change in their life and hoping to relocate to Alaska, you can check out Canuck Abroad in order to get tips on traveling, working, and living in a foreign country so that no new land holds any secrets.