We recently went through the Alaska Aviation Museum, and posted about that here:
Holscher's Hub: Alaska Aviation Museum:
It wasn't news to me that aviation is far more critical in Alaska than in the lower 48 (is this also true of northern Canada? I'd guess it would have to be). But the extent to which this is true, and has been for some time, is something that has to be seen to be believed. Truly amazing. Aircraft are a constant feature of any town in a way that simply doesn't occur elsewhere. And quite clearly, this has been true for some time.
Indeed, we're going to be taking a look at transportation topics in relation to Alaska here in the near future. The treatment wont' be all that in depth, but it's revealing for a variety of reasons.
Anyhow, aviation in Alaska is amazing, and obviously has been for quite awhile.