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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 2013
Type: Farms, Zoos
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English first
Sitka, Alaska
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

If you want to see bears living in an old round wastewater treatment tank in the middle of a junk yard, this is the place for you! A couple times a day someone throws them some garbage to fight over. There is a crazy amount of construction in the area, so there is constant noise pollution and blasting in the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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181 reviews 181 reviews
45 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

It's a bit of a trek out of town but the journey is pleasant. The bears are "rescued" ones that are kept in huge former water tanks, so you climb up to a viewing platform, where staff will give you an informative talk about the well-looked-after "captives". It's an interesting place to go and the people who run it deserve... More

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Naples, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Very nice elevated viewing are to see into the 2 enclosures. Be there for a feeding-the bears use sign language to communicate with the keeper. Happiest and most active captive bears that we have ever seen.

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Salem, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Don't miss this! The bears are amazing. The chance to see them in this place is incredible. Kudo's to the people who are running it.

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San Juan Capistrano
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We chanced onto this when riding the city bus. The driver told us that would be an interesting stop as did a couple returning from the fortress. We had a bit of an adventure walking to the site in a gentle drizzle, but the fortress was well worth it. The founder was there and explained the rescue program. He gave... More

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Homer, Alaska
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I don't particularly like zoos and was apprehensive about Fortress of the Bear, it was one of my favorite stops in Sitka. The bears were enjoying fish and it was so much fun seeing the bears up close.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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122 reviews 122 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We stopped on a cruise and took a 3-4 hour wilderness tour. This was one of our favorite stops. The caretaker came out into the "treehouse'' while we were observing and the bears when into rare form. The bears were very "playful" and active while we were there. We got many great photos and was better than seeing bears in... More

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Dallas, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The bears seem pretty contented with thier environment. Bears are very active and entertaining. They definitely respond to the keepers and was fim to watch them. Listen to Les as he tells stories. It is a little ways from town in an industrial district.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

A smaller than expected site with more than expected sights. The owners are committed to saving the orphaned cubs and are eager to share the bears' stories. No wee ones when we visited, but 5 nearly grown and active bears. Elevated, covered four sided viewing area (need to climb steps) overlooks two areas/habitats. For anyone wanting to be guaranteed safe,... More

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Sequim WA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We had a wonderful time watching the bears play and perform. Will definitely come back when we are in Sitka!!

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