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Fortress of the Bear

4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835
907-747-3032
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Sitka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Farms, Zoos
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Oakland, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This location is worth the time and nominal $13 ($3 for bus ride & $10 for attraction). Currently 8 bears in residence. The place you pay is on right. Can also get cold drinks ($2) and souvenirs. Go up the stairs and see three big tank area enclosures. There were several members up on the platform feeding the bears. Right... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This "fortress" gave new life to an abandoned pulp mill. Now it serves as living quarters for abandoned, orphaned or hurt bears. The younger bears are separated from older ones. The staff trains them in hopes of providing them to zoos or animal parks for the public's education. Their end goal is to someday be allowed to reintroduce the rehabbed... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

See orphaned bears cared for in a creative facility built from donations and donated materials. Learn from naturalists passionate and familiar with the bears. A quick taxi ride or coach tour from town. This is a small facility and can be one of several stops on your tour of Sitka.

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Harahan, Louisiana
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

While what they do there is an awesome thing they really need to clean the place up.The bears were really cool but it would have been nicer if the place we're cleaner in the parking area and in the containment area

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Naperville, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

our family went to see the bears mainly so my 10yr old would see some on our Alaska trip. the adults went with a bit of skepticism but ended up enjoying ourselves. the work they are doing here is amazing and you can tell the employees really love the bears and what they are doing here. I even saw one... More

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valdez, alaska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

There have been a lot of people volunteering a lot of time for one reason: they love these animals. It is powerful to see how happy these animals are who otherwise would have been destroyed. They have a lot of room in their natural habitat and birds fly in to visit and large trees loom all around. Thanks to those... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A visit to Fortress of the Bear was extremely informative. It was a chance to see the bears up close and a way to support this endeavor to save bears that cannot be returned to the wild. The owner is dedicated to his job and his overwhelming knowledge and sincerity is impressive. I stopped at the gift shop and bought... More

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Redmond, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Its a great chance to bears close up and interacting with each other. These bears were injured and cannot be returned to the wild, If you have a chance you really should stop and have your camera ready

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wishing I was on holiday
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

amazing to see such caring to save orphaned and abandoned bears. I could have spent all day watching and learning from these amazing animals.

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Canton, Ma
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12 reviews 12 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Cruise ship stop in Sitka - Instead of spending big bucks on the ship's tours, hop on an old converted school bus at the tender dock. $14 fee includes the ride and admission to Fortress of the Bear. They rescue bear cubs who have lost their mothers. They try to find a zoo placement or else keep them for life.... More

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