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Alaska or Vancouver Island?

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Trying to decide between the two for a vacation next summer. I've been told that Alaska gets a lot of rain but now I'm being told that Vancouver Island does also. Opinions?

Also, do you think the wildlife sighting is better in Alaska versus Vancouver? We are two couples in our 50's, adventurous, and we like to hike and kayak. Kayaking in the Johnstone Straits with the orcas and humpbacks really appeals to me. Does anyone know if the kayaking in Alaska is similar?

Thanks for any help and suggestions.

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