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Fortress of the Bear

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Address: 4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835
Phone Number: 907-747-3032
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This is a must see!

Sitka was one of our stops on our Holland America Cruise and Sitka was by far our favorite city! We took a tour that included the visiting the Raptor Center and a salmon... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Sitka was one of our stops on our Holland America Cruise and Sitka was by far our favorite city! We took a tour that included the visiting the Raptor Center and a salmon hatchery, which were both great, but the highlight was visiting the bears. Our 45 minutes there was not enough! In fact, we let our bus leave without... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The bears are right in front of you in their natural habitat. The staff is extremely helpful and informative. They feed the bears several times a day and when the salmon is thrown to the bears the bald eagles appear (20-30 of them)! Amazing chance for photos/videos of bears playing, fighting, eating with eagles tryiing to steal their food. Way... More 

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shropshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

If you want 100% guarantee of seeing bears this is the place to come Orphaned bears being cared for in an unused water area Bald eagles are in the trees awaiting the salmon throws for the bears Awesome

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Florida
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This is a non profit private organization that takes orphan small cubs that would normally be euthanized following the death of their mother bear. Currently they have 8 bears in 3 enclosures. I believe some of the bears are as old as 8 years old. The enclosure for the bears consists of old water clarification structures for a shuttered pulp... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

My friends and I were seeing the sights around Sitka and wanted to go out to the Fortress of the Bear. We had one truck and it wouldn't fit all of us, so we shuttled the first group out. I stayed with that group at the Fortress of the Bear while we waited for the second part of our group.... More 

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Four or five miles, outside Sitka, AK, you'll find the "Fortress of the Bears." It's a place where rescued orphaned bears are housed & fed, and tourists are allowed to view them from a safe location. Admission is $10 ($5 Children), and you can ride a shuttle from town ($5) to get there. It's not a fancy place, but it... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Fortress of the Bear was officially closed in April but for some reasons the gates were open, so we went in. I have to admit we were very skeptical in the beginning. We thought we would see "imprisoned bears". But a young fellow enlightened us. These bears (5 at the time) are all orphans and can not be released in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Arrived Sitka as cruise passenger. A $5 bus ride (narrated) and $10 entry fee makes this one of the best attractions going. The bears are rescued, wild and magnificent. All money raised goes toward their care. Thirteen bears have been released into the wild in the past 3 years. Another bonus is the number of bald eagles in the surrounding... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

Recommend visiting Fortress of the Bear first, then the Raptor Center on your way back into town. They have industriously used remains from a saw mill to house bears and create a way for people to see bears. They primarily take in cubs whose mother has been killed for some reason. Very educational and uplifting to see bears cared for... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

You will not regret it if you walk part of the way. We asked locals "what to do". They said go to Whale Bay and others also said go to the Bear fortress. So, we called a local cab and they dropped us at Whale Bay a few miles outside of town. With instructions to pick us up at a... More 

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