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“Wonderful for bears!”

Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
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Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Walking Tour and...
Ranked #6 of 67 things to do in Ketchikan
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Decided to go on an excursion to the Rainforest sanctuary in anticipation of viewing bears in the wild. We weren’t disappointed! We were quite surprised the two hours went so quickly while watching bears catch and eat salmon, many seals also feasting on salmon, plus water birds and a beautiful rainforest. After walking over the wooden walkways to view the bears, we were invited to the bird sanctuary where we were shown bald eagle, falcon and owl. Beautiful! Also viewed a new carved canoe and the totem poles. Hot chocolate was offered and it was really nice. Totally recommend this trip!

2  Thank Carmel C
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

I liked this place. Beautiful scenery. Our guide was very knowledgable and friendly. We were able to see bald eagles. The guide was very clear that bear encounters are very common. I was there 'late' in the season so mostly seagulls munching on salmon remains. Tour included a stop at the rescue center with a up close look at a bald eagle. Plus we saw a totem pole in the making. the artist answered questions and gave us some history of the totems. Fun time.

Thank J S
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

We cruised to Ketchikan and were met straight off the boat and driven to the sanctuary. Here you are briefed there are toilets (but only porta-cabins) and you can store your stuff. A little walk to the walkways take you into the forest and within 10 minutes we had seen about five different bears feeding on the salmon in the creek. We spent about 40 minutes watching the bears happily on their natural habitat. Then walked along the creek to a more open area with a couple of seals and bald eagles to see. A quick trip round an old saw mill, see a totem pole being created by a master craftsmen and a peak in the bird sanctuary makes this a great trip.

We have actually done this trip twice now both times it has been pouring with rain thankfully we were fully waterproofed and had many layers on but I do recommend weather proof clothing. Both times we saw bears although the second time was amazing, the first time we saw a mum bear with two cubs for about 5 minutes and that was it in the hour, it was still super special but as they are wild you cannot guarantee what you will see.

1  Thank Becki W
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

What a great experience to see Bears in the wild from a safe distance. The pathways are level and the upper walkways are of wood planking. Guides are provided to keep groups together. Bear sightings are up to nature. We did see quiet a few including Mom and Cub. The visitor center with Totem Pole carving was unique. Restrooms provided. Hot Chocolate was provide with other refreshments available for purchase. The bird sanctuary had an eagle that was splendid to see.

Thank Captnslow
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

I wanted to see bears and lucky for me the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary provided me with the opportunity to see plenty! Walking up and down the elevated wooden platforms was fun. Trying to be quiet and spot bears while trying to be fast enough to get to their locations was a fun game. Some of the bears would pop up and then quickly disappear but others would stick around for a long time, providing us opportunity to watch, observe, and follow them as they tried to catch fish. The river was full of fish but somehow the bears still had trouble catching them. On the far side of the walkway we also spotted eagles and seals. We then went to check out the amazing totem poles, a bunch already completed and standing and one in the process of being carved. There were also a few birds of prey on site as well as a gift shop with some souvenirs and snacks.

Thank Aprilp2412
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