We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fortress of the Bear

4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835
Improve this listing
Ranked #4 of 16 Attractions in Sitka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Book Now

Type: Farms, Zoos
62 visitor photos
Write a Review

166 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Murrieta, California
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
south dakota
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sarasota, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Silsbee, Texas
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
72 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
32 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
69 attraction reviews
282 helpful votes 282 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Palmer, Alaska
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The principals of this facility are working wonders with orphaned and abandoned bruins from cub stage. There are currently five huge brown bears and three black bears in residence all of which will never be released as their survival skill are not developed having arrived as cubs. Regardless, the inter-reaction of the bears with the staff is amazing. Hopefull, the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Antlers, Oklahoma
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

What a wonderful adventure!!! The bears are rescued after being orphaned as babies, they are housed in huge old water reservoirs! What a way to use the abandoned facility !! The bears are allowed a large open area to live, they are feed fresh fish and "kibble". We were able to watch them and they even watched us! LOL! Loved... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ocean Grove, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

AMAZING Loved seeing these rescued bears happy, healthy and very much loved. This was the highlight of our six week vacation in Alaska, If you have the chance do the "meet the bears" program DO IT. What a blast to have an adult bear lick honey off my hand. Couldn't recommend this incredible place an more highly. The people who... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Been to Fortress of the Bear? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Fortress of the Bear, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing