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“Bears are impressive” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fortress of the Bear

Fortress of the Bear
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Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear
Ranked #3 of 45 things to do in Sitka
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California, United States
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134 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Bears are impressive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

The location is pretty dismal looking but then, you see the bears and it's just incredible. I read other reviewers who commented on how sad the place was. Yes, the "fortress" is old water tanks with no tops. The bears play with downed trees and tires and plastic balls. Is it a natural habitat? No. Is it, however, a reality that bears are orphaned. The caretakers clearly care about the bears and are very knowledgable. It is incredible to see the bears from so close. An added point of interest is the large number is bald eagles which fly around like seagulls at the beach. I gave the Fortress 4 stars because I too feel torn between the "large cage" like enclosure (it is large....) and the begging for food but I have to admit, I really enjoyed talking to and learning from the handlers and seeing the bears interact and play I the water etc.

2 Thank Karen S
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Moses Lake, Washington
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124 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Definitely a must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

Don't miss this great bear rehabilitation and care facility. These bears are well cared for and will perform many tricks for you - but mostly for their loved caretakers.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Sandy L
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Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Don't leave Sitka without visiting the Fortress!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

I have to admit that at first I wasn't interested in visiting the Fortress of the Bears. I'm a wee bit afraid of bears in general and just wasn't interested. But as soon as I arrived and met the bears, I couldn't believe I almost missed it. What the Fortress does for brown bears is incredible; they take in brown bear cubs who have lost their mothers and raise them until they're old enough to go to a zoo. Do you know what happens to cubs in Alaska when their mother is killed? They're killed too. This organization gives them another chance. Definitely visit because your money goes towards these bears. The owner even let us feed apples to the bears through a safety gate. It was an amazing experience.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Bloomalumni
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Greenbank, Washington
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96 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

This place is soooo fascinating !

These orphaned brown bears (2 sets of siblings) give you an "up close & personal" experience ... and the dedicated staff will share whatever info you might desire about them.

This was a VEREEEE unique experience (to say the least) - especially since we were able to watch the founder & his asst feed the bears LIVE salmon !

Visited September 2012
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Redmond, Washington
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Support the Bears, well worth the visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

Loved it, bears adorable. Our driver was Ron, a volunteer who was great. Their shuttle is parked by the visitor booth on the dock. Cost $3.00 return for shuttle (Bear admission $10.00) but what was really great on the return to the dock Ron will drop people off at the Rapture center, Sitka park with totem poles with approx return for pick-up an hour each one.
We didn't realize the Rapture was close to the bears and had booked a tour to visit the Rapture center so DON'T BOOK SEPARATE TOURS.

Visited September 2012
5 Thank jasminecats
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