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  • Location:Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Off-Road Jeep and Canoe Safari

After relaxing aboard your ship, this off-road Ketchikan shore excursion will pump up your adrenaline. First, steer or ride in a 4WD Jeep Wrangler® deep in Tongass National Forest. Then, at Lake Harriet Hunt, paddle with your group a Native American–style, 20-person canoe! Keep watch for deer, moose, eagles and even bears along the way. Reward your outdoor activities with a delicious snack of smoked salmon, clam chowder, fresh bread with local wild-berry jam, and hot chocolate.


  • 4-hour Jeep and canoe shore excursion in Ketchikan
  • Take the wheel of a 4WD Jeep and drive through the back roads of Tongass National Forest
  • Paddle across Lake Harriet Hunt in a Native American–style canoe
  • Refuel with Alaskan-style snacks including smoked salmon, clam chowder and other treats
  • Enjoy a nature walk through the rain forest with a knowledgeable guide
  • Covered by Viator's Worry-Free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Off-Road Jeep and Canoe Safari

Off-Road Jeep and Canoe Safari

While in Ketchikan, fill your craving for excitement with this 4-hour off-road vehicle and canoe adventure. After port pickup, your shore excursion begins with a safety briefing on operating a 4WD Jeep Wrangler® at the activities center. You’ll be placed in groups of four, and during the drive, you’ll switch drivers so that everyone has a chance to get behind the steering wheel.

Time to set off! Rev your way on a route deep inside Tongass National Forest, on back roads and through rain forests. Using two-way radios, your group leader-guide shares commentary on the local geology. Blaze past old-growth and new-growth woods, and stop to take pictures at stunning vantage points.

When you arrive at Lake Harriet Hunt, prepare for your next mode of transport — a Native American–style canoe stretching 37 feet (11 meters) long with a capacity to carry 20 passengers. Make your way across the mountain lake, and then follow your guide on a nature hike through an old-growth forest.

Settle down for a snack break at a forest camp, and recharge with clam chowder, smoked salmon and bread rolls buttered with local wild-berry jam, and wash it all down with coffee or hot chocolate.

With plenty of photos and great memories, board your transport that takes you back to Ketchikan port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Ketchikan port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The bus drivers and tour guides on our trip were very knowledgable and entertaining. We did the canoe portion of the tour first and Harriet Hunt Lake was absolutely stunning. The snack and very informative nature walk were an unexpected bonus. The jeep portion was fun, especially the off-road section, and the view from the top of the road was worth the drive. My only suggestion would be to make the off-road oration longer.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Loved this shore excursion. The tour guide was very prompt, professional and always guided us through the excursion. Got to drive the jeep and it was blast. Then when in the canoe, got to see the beautiful scenery Ketchikan has to offer and had the opportunity to enjoy the stories and facts of Alaska then had the chance to taste the chowder and salmon, which was awesome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Awesome and well-organized experience! All the staff involved were professional. Enjoyed the views from jeep ride, spectacular canoe experience, and LOVED the information given during nature tour. The snack at the end an excellent bonus and our family would go again in a heartbeat!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful adventure! Perfect amount of canoeing, amazing jeep excursion. Our tour guide, Kristina, was especially wonderful, with great passion, thorough knowledge of the area, plants, animals, etc, and a natural gift for sharing her knowledge in a way that was totally engaging and informative, without a hint of patronism. Also amazing energy. She went above and beyond anyone's expectations. If this review is shared with her, please include my contact information - as a retired university professor, I'd be happy to write her a general personal recommendation.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great time! Beautiful scenery! The guides were informative and fun. Highly recommend them.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

The excursion was fabulous, especially the off-road jeep part. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating. Overall, a wonderful excursion. No complaints or negatives whatsoever.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was so much fun!!!! It was great to see the gorgeous scenery and then to take the 20 person canoe trip was breathtaking. The picturesque landscape was breathtaking. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this excursion. Great staff!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Lot of FUN!! Great off roading and beautiful views. The canoeing was very scenic and placid!! Only complaint was that it was unseasonably warm the day we went and the a/c was not working...just blowing lost of dust and hot air but was not a deal breaker for us...we are from Miami:)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

It was a wonderful tour - we canoed in a beautiful mountain lake and off-roaded on old logging roads. The guides were kind, knowledgeable and very organized, The scenery was breathtaking and I would rate the whole experience as top notch! My two kids (12 and 15) loved it and thought it was "way cool" and we would highly recommend both the company and the tour to anyone!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We really enjoyed this.

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