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  • Address: 4639 Sawmill Creek Road
  • Admission: Adults: $10; Children: $5

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Fortress of the Bear

Animal lovers heading to Sitka should consider visiting Fortress of the Bear, a non-profit bear rescue facility and the largest of its kind in the United States. Focused on educating the public on bears and how to help their populations, Fortress of the Bear takes in orphaned bear cubs and creates a protective and enriching environment for them. The operation was started by couple Les and Evy Kinnear who transformed Sitka’s old pulp mill into a place where baby bears could be cared for. Visitors can watch the bears being fed, observe and photograph bear interactions, and hear the story of each bear and how it ended up at Fortress of the Bear. 

Keep in mind this is not like a typical zoo where you see an animal in a cage. Instead, you’ll watch the bears playing with large barrels and tire swings and being active in a large expanse of land. Additionally, the attraction has a non-touristy, non-commercial feel, allowing for a more authentic experience. 

Practical Info

Fortress of the Bear is located at 4639 Sawmill Creek Road. A $3 shuttle service to the attraction is offered from the dock. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for youth aged 7-18; and free for children under 7. They’re open from 9am to 5pm daily during the summer and 10am to 2pm Friday through Sunday from October 1 through April 15. Call 907 747 3032 or 907 747 3550 for more information. 

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Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Embark on an unforgettable Alaskan wilderness adventure on this small-group day trip to the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area, a protected wildlife location ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $689.00

Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore the wildlife highlights of Sitka on a 2-hour tour with knowledgeable local guides who share their expertise on this remarkable and beautiful area. Walk ...  Read more

Location: Sitka, Alaska
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.50

Juneau Shore Excursion: Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau

After cruising into Juneau, embark on a once-in-a-lifetime Alaskan wilderness adventure on this small-group day trip to the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $689.00

Sitka Super Saver: Whale-Watching Cruise and City Sightseeing Tour

Combine popular tours of Sitka’s beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife, and historic sites at a discounted price! On this Sitka Super Saver, you get to go on a ...  Read more

Location: Sitka, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $206.25

Sitka Shore Excursion: Alaskan Wildlife by Land and Sea

Get an intimate knowledge of the beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife, and historic sites of Sitka on this combination land and sea tour. First you’ll set out ...  Read more

Location: Sitka, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $206.25

Sitka Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

Grab the chance to see Sitka on a 2-hour tour with local guides who will share the highlights and history of this fascinating and beautiful city. See stunning ...  Read more

Location: Sitka, Alaska
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.50

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