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Fortress of the Bear

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4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835-9805
+1 907-747-3032
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4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835-9805
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Reviewed yesterday

Fortress of the bears is the first sanctuary of it's kind to rescue orphaned bear cubs. It is a non-profit organization that operates on visitors. While I expected a bit larger place, they have both brown and black bear enclosures and are adding a third...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Along with the raptor center, the fortress of the bear was a highlight of our visit to Sitka. The facility currently has two sections that house several brown and black bears that were orphaned and needed care. Several have been lived there for years. Guests...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

You should check this out. Awesome setting with great views. Remodeling to make it better for guests.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Facility has basically three areas for bears- two are similar round pods (good size with ponds, water features and many items to interest the bears. These contain two brown bears each. The third area includes trees which black bears frequently climb. The facilty takes in...More

Thank WillieMacfan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very neat place - This site receives no government funding so they rely solely on the money collected for admission and sales in the store, and donations from local businesses. They take in orphaned bears for rehab / treatment and then send them to zoos...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This santuary for bears that would have been otherwise dead by now, cares and raises them until a zoo home can be found. Learn why they can not be released into the wild - like British Colombia does. Educational.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Once you have seen Grizzly, Kodiak, Black & Brown bears 🐻 in the wild & Photographed them, this is the last place you want to go. I walked through in 2 minutes!! Horrible situation for these wild animals. Once you Safari in Africa, you will...More

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BearManagerFoB, Manager at Fortress of the Bear, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

What an incredibly unhelpful view. I always do my best to dedicate some of my time to responding to negative reviews, to address the concerns raised by people that clearly have misunderstood our project, not read any of our educational signs, or talked to one...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is about 5 miles from town and several shuttles and taxis are available here from Centennial Hall. The people here are saving baby bears. It is Alaska procedure that when a mother bear dies, the state kills the mother’s babies. This center saves...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The bear 🐻 shelter for orphaned bears who would not survive in the wild. It’s a not for profit centre located in an abandoned saw mill. The centre is staffed by very passionate people who provide a very informative talk. Our guide Chris was excellent...More

Thank I2838DFkenw
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Must visit this wonderful privately owned bear sanctuary! The stories of these bears and their survival is amazing! More realistic than any place we have visited.

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Patsy G
May 4, 2018|
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Response from kdeaver | Reviewed this property |
We signed up at the dock for a combo Fortress of the Bears and Eagle Sanctuary bus tour. It was approximately $30 per person. It was a far better deal than any preorder trip on the ship! The guide told us all about the area... More
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James H
March 14, 2018|
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Response from Lee W | Reviewed this property |
We took the bus in mid-Sep on a Frriday, which went to Fortress of the Bear and a bird place on the same trip.
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MLOU19
June 19, 2017|
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Response from Kbwhat | Reviewed this property |
There is a ramp as well as stairs.
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