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Fortress of the Bear

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Fortress of the Bear

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Ketchikan Rainforest Sanctuary and Totem Park Tours

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The Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary in Ketchikan is home to a huge variety of Alaskan wildlife, including bears, bald eagles, seals, and deer. On this tour, maximize your chances of spotting wildlife on a guided walk through the forests and along Eagle Creek. Afterwards, visit the Alaska Raptor Center and enjoy a totem pole carving demonstration at the Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill.
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Jessica C wrote a review Sep 2020
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Excellent tour. We watched the bears catch fish in their habitat and I loved seeing them so close. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Joe W wrote a review Sep 2020
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A good learning experience. The information related to visitors provides background of Alaska laws surrounding bear captivity and individual histories of each captive bear.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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PBTravelstheWorld wrote a review Aug 2020
Woodinville, Washington395 contributions125 helpful votes
This bear sanctuary gives people a safe way to watch the bears and keeps bears that can't be released into the wild popular from being killed. When we were there they release some live Salmon into the pools and we watched the bears "hunt" for there dinner. Very amusing and they also talked about the life of the two types of bears. Good education in a safe and fun setting.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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simon m wrote a review Dec 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom659 contributions529 helpful votes
TIP: Cheapest way to make your way to this place from down town is by local bus from near the tourist information centre. Ask for directions in the tourist centre, they will come out & show exactly where the bus stop is which as it happens is right accross the road. Look for the Blue bus line, about every 15 mins? for seriors its $1 each, each way, however its only $1.50 full price or $80 each though your cruise ship YOUR CALL, takes about 30 mins to get there. However the bus stops short of the attraction but is only a 10 min walk up the road. Once at the Fortress. Entrance fee was $15 each, no reduction for seniors. Your walk round a the enclosure which is a very safe way to view wild bears but frankly i thought was disappointing because the whole place looks make shift, scuffy, untidy & unkept. Disappointment No 2. I enqiured: do you have a Grizzly bear? Answer: No. Disapointment No 3. Its only very small place & its possible to be in, walk round & be out in 30 minutes. OK you are in Sitka, this is a major must see especially as you are in Alaska.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Landon C wrote a review Oct 2019
Yarralumla55 contributions17 helpful votes
We visited the Fortress of the Bears not knowing quite what to expect and were pleasantly surprised after reading some critical reviews. All the bears are orphans and cannot be returned to the wild in Alaska. While their environment isn't ideal, it's reasonably spacious and has plenty of water and shelter for the bears. We learned about the brown bear and black bear and enjoyed seeming them at close range. They all appeared well cared for and active. My wife and I recommend it to anyone interested in the welfare of these wonderful animals.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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