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

Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

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 among the towering totem poles of Sitka National Historical Park, watch the antics of the brown bears at Fortress of the Bear, and gaze at the breathtaking scenery around Sitka. You’ll also see Japonski Island, the O’Connell Bridge, Alaska Pioneer Home, Sheldon Jackson Museum and St Michael’s Cathedral. This small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience.


  • 2-hour Sitka wildlife and culture tour
  • Examine the stunning totem poles at Sitka National Historical Park
  • Get close to rescued wild bears living in the naturalized setting of Fortress of the Bear
  • Visit Japonski Island to learn about Sitka's role in World War II
  • See cultural landmarks including the Alaska Pioneer Home and St Michael’s Cathedral
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience with your expert guide

What You Can Expect

Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

After meeting your small group tour at the cruise ship dock, you’ll board a comfortable 14-passenger van and head over O’Connell Bridge. Get a great view of Sitka, situated on the edge of Baranof Island at the end of Alaska’s famous Inside Passage. The bridge connects to Japonski Island where you’ll hear about Sitka’s role in World War II.

Then continue to the oldest national park in Alaska: Sitka National Historical Park. You'll be amazed as you stroll among the stunning Tlingit and Haida totem poles amidst hemlock and spruce trees on the scenic coastal trail. After, join your guide on a beautiful walk overlooking the Indian River. In the middle of the season, witness salmon spawning while your knowledgeable guide teaches you about the amazing life cycle of the salmon.

After your guided walk along the Indian River, you’ll head south along Silver Bay to arrive at Fortress of the Bear, North America’s biggest bear habitat. The habitat is designed to be a natural setting for orphaned bear cubs. You’ll be able to observe the brown bears from as close as 25 feet (8m), getting a great view of the play and habits of these magnificent animals. Experienced staff can answer any questions that you may have about the bears and their rehabilitation.

Along the tour, your guide will point out many historical treasures like the Sitka Pioneer Home, Sheldon Jackson Museum, St Michael’s Cathedral, and the Sitka Sound Science Center. Keep an eye out for wildlife throughout your journey, and have your camera handy!

After a 2-hour tour of Sitka’s fascinating wildlife and historical highlights, you will end your tour back at the cruise ship dock in Sitka.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This family-owned business treated you like family. If we had more time, we would have taken the boat trip, also.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Maria our guide was very knowledge on the nature surrounding. Sitka. We had many stops for photo's and visited places we just would not have know about on our own. Maria spotted several Bald Eagles and took us through woodland and showed us a river where the salmon go to spawn. The Fortress of the Bears was the highlight for me to see the Bears close and playing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful tour of the area prior to checking out the Fortress of the bear...wonderful experience...tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly...would recommend this to everyone...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This tour was wonderful! We had been to Sitka before, and had seen the Russian influences on this town. But this time we were given a tour of the native culture and wildlife in the area. The Fortress of the bear was a great way to see bears up close, and learn how they were being saved when they became orphaned.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our Guide, Bruce, made the day for us--his knowledge and general help was fantastic.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

The trip is all about the Fortress of the Bear, and our guide was savvy enough to know that and spend lots of time there. The rest of the tour was forgetable, as I don't much remember what it was.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2014

The tour started late and we had a limited time at Sitka (from cruise ship). The tour guide was way to chatty about personal information and he did this while stopped at no place that was interesting wasting more time. He was not concerned about our time frame saying he it was okay as we were his last tour for the day. We ended up getting back about 40 minutes late and didn't have time left to finish touring the town. Very disappointing!

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