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Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Walking Tour and Wildlife Encounter

Ketchikan, United States
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icon2 hours 45 minutes  (Approx.)
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Explore the dramatic wilderness of the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary on this small-group walking tour. Learn about the local ecosystem and the wildlife it supports from a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Walk through a beautiful mountain forest, home to bears, bald eagles and deer. Learn about the dynamic nature and abundant wildlife of a scenic marine estuary. You’ll have plenty of great photo opportunities and to learn about totem pole carving at a historic sawmill.
  • Walking tour through the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary with a naturalist guide
  • See the diverse flora and fauna of the Alaskan wilderness on this private reserve
  • Learn about the unique wildlife of this region from your local guide
  • Tour a historic sawmill and watch a carver work on an intricate totem pole
After pickup at your hotel and a brief drive, meet your naturalist guide at Ketchikan Port for this walking tour covering the diverse wildlife of Alaska. Observe the bustling port, where fishermen cruise in and out throughout the day, and then it’s off to the woods with your guide. Learn from the guide about the beautiful cedar, hemlock and spruce trees, as well as the thick carpet of moss and wildflowers, as you amble through the dense forest. 

See a protected estuary and follow Eagle Creek to a rustic boardwalk with a view of wetlands. During spawning season, thousands of salmon return to this spot, and lots of wildlife supported by the salmon population return here too. Bears, seals and bald eagles frequent the area during that time, as well as many other times of the year, so keep a keen eye out for them and have your camera ready. Listen as your guide explains the nuances of this fragile ecosystem and the diverse wildlife that depend on it. 

When you reach the end of the half-mile trail, you’ll have the option to visit the Alaska Raptor Center, your chance to get up close and personal with the local wildlife. To conclude the informative, scenic hike, stop at the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill. See a master totem pole carver in action, explore the interpretive displays and relax with a snack before being taken back to your hotel.
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Alaska Raptor Center
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Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
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Kawanti Adventures
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Reviews by Viator travelers
, Jun 2019
This was a great tour. They picked us up at the docking port of our ship. A very short drive to the Sanctuary where we were met by our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and a great guide. She was able to answer all our questions. It was a leisurely 90 minute walk through the rain forest.
While we enjoyed our guide and found...
Greg S
, Aug 2018
While we enjoyed our guide and found him knowledgeable, we were disappointed to see no bears, otters, moose, etc. A banana slug, two ravens, and a harbor seal were not worth the cost of this trip. There ought to be a more realistic prediction of when one might be likely to see bears. The promise of seeing them was the only reason we took this trip.
I was under the impression that I'd...
Sharon R
, Aug 2018
I was under the impression that I'd be seeing actual wildlife. We did see banana slugs, and a couple of eagles. But no otters, moose, or bears. We did see injured hawks and eagles that were being cared for. But overall, this tour was a disappointment.
Very informative, not too long we...
, Jul 2016
Very informative, not too long we did it with two kids under 3 and it was raining, beautiful scenery, lovely. bring rain boots, rain coats, warm clothes
The tour guide was very informative...
Yuki M
, Jul 2016
The tour guide was very informative and was quite interesting. I have never seen so many eagles so close in my life. The area is somewhat small and is not very wild though. It is like walking in a well-maintained arboretum or a small forest preserve. The transportation to downtown area from the sanctuary is a little bit of a problem. We had to ask around and verify when we will be picked up. Still we needed to wait around half an hour or more after the tour.
It was a great time. Easy walk and very...
Brooks K
, Jun 2016
It was a great time. Easy walk and very informative. We even saw a bear.
It was nice - it would be nice if we...
, Dec 2015
It was nice - it would be nice if we could see more of the forest. The sanctuary tour was very short - but we enjoyed it.
It was absolutley wonderful, our...
, Dec 2015
It was absolutley wonderful, our guide Summer was amazing, we saw bears, eagles, otters, heron, banana slugs and so much more. There was a totem pole being worked on while we were there which was great to see and talk with the craftsman. Would definately repeat this tour - I love nature and all it has to offer.
This was a really great excursion. We...
Marilyn G
, Jul 2015
This was a really great excursion. We were collected from the meeting place and taken out to the Sanctuary, where we ended up with our own personal guide! He was extremely knowledgeable and observant and greatly added to the experience. We saw 3 bears wonderful!, countless bald eagles and all sorts of wildlife. My grievance about Viator trips is that the onus is on you, the customer, to contact the local company actually doing the trip to confirm that you will be going. If you only have a bog-standard mobile which does not work in the country where you are and you happen to be out in the back of beyond in Alsaka, it is EXTREMELY difficult and stressful to do this. Had I not been shown kindness by a member of staff at the first point of call, I would not have been able to confirm. There was only an answerphone available so I had to wait until I got to Juneau, where another holiday maker leant me his mobile. If you pay a lot of money, you should not have to confirm your ownarrangements!!

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