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Fortress of the Bear

4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835
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Ranked #4 of 16 Attractions in Sitka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Farms, Zoos
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

They took some abandoned mill facilities and thru sweat equity turned (recycled) them into a habitant for wayward bears. This is a great place to get close enough to view several different bears. The guides are knowledgable and answered all questions.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Well worth a visit even though it has kind of a zoo feel. The bears are entertaining to watch and you can learn a great deal. Good photo opportunity. Recommended.

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Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We went on a rainy August morning. The only people there for an hour or two, we watched the bears and listened as the young couple told us the story of Fortress of the Bear, talked about the individual bears, and described bear behaviors. We were fortunate to be present for a feeding. This is an orphanage for cubs who... More

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Murrieta, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The Fortress has 3 very large enclosed areas that house bears in their natural environment. They roam freely, play in the water, and climb logs. These bears were rescued when their mother died. You can get an up close (safe) view of all of them. We sure enjoyed watching them!

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south dakota
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

What a fantastic place to see happy healthy bears who are being so well taken care of. They are under no stress and are so playful. The caretaker really loves these bears, hope to go back next year.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

In an ideal world places like this shouldn't exist but they do because of we humans. For a man and his wife to devote themselves to look after orphaned bears is of itself laudable - to build a sanctuary where 8 bears are held in relatively open and free conditions is remarkable - especially from nothing. The Sitka local authorities... More

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Sarasota, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We visited when we arrived, it was raining hard. Love watching bears and these were so funny and entertaining. Appreciate that you are trying to get bears back in the wild.

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Silsbee, Texas
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

On a recent Alaskan cruise, one of our ports was Sitka. I had read in advance about the Fortress of the Bear and decided it was a must-see. We were tendered from the ship to dock at the Harrigan Center. We walked through the center to get information on the Fortress of the Bear. An attendant advised us that there... More

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Seattle, Washington
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98 reviews 98 reviews
32 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I guess places like this need to exist, but it's both a tourist trap and quite sad. The bears there probably have a better existence than they would in a traditional zoo, but make no mistake, these are captive animals who perform for tourists in return for food. The bears are housed in two large settling tanks (leftovers from a... More

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BearManagerFoB, Manager at Fortress of the Bear, responded to this review

Hello, I would like to take some time to respond to your recent review of Fortress of the Bear. I am the current Bear Manager at the facility - I spend my waking hours ensuring that our bears have the highest quality level of care. By profession, I am an animal behaviourist, with a specialization in all aspects of bear... More

Alpine, California
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128 reviews 128 reviews
71 attraction reviews
296 helpful votes 296 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I don't give many 5 star ratings but this one earns one. This place made me feel happy and excited for these lucky bears, who started out not so great. They provide protection and care to rescued orphaned bears. they are a non-profit facility and rely solely on entrance fees and donations for funding. If you can donate...anything at all,... More

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