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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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Sydney, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

OMG it was a wonderful experience to view these amazing creatures in an almost natural habitat! We had the privilege of speaking to Les, the instigator of helping these orphaned bears and all without any government funding. He has a great passion and love for the bears which is a wonder to witness. At times he 'whistles' the eagles and... More

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Westfield, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

What a fun hour and a half watching the brown bears. We had seen several browns in the wild, but this was an up close opportunity. They have turned an old waste water treatment facility into a habitat for bears. They have placed some into major US zoos, and are working to be able to return some to the wild.... More

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Corning, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Fortress of the Bear is doing a wonderful thing, and with their own funds. The bears have lots of room and appear to be very well taken care of. I originally thought the $10 entry fee was a bit high for a 1/2 hour tour, but would now pay double that after seeing what this guy is doing for... More

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Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I went to FoB as part of a cruise excursion. It was wonderful. I love what they are doing for the bears, and it was incredible to be that close to them without having glass or bars to try and take pictures through. The bears sign "more" for food, which was a great sight to see. Worth visiting.

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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

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

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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