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“A breath of fresh air.”
Review of Sitka Salmon Tours

Sitka Salmon Tours
Ranked #27 of 34 Tours in Sitka
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

While taking my third trip to Alaska on a cruise ship my sense of propiety was offended by yet another string of shops selling T-shirts, jewelry, or furs. I was missing my dog back home and would have payed to pet a stranger's dog on the streets of Sitka. I talked my reluctant wife into the Sitka Salmon Tour and met with Nick the tour guide with little expectations. We were greeted by a youngish scruffle face bearded guy with a rag bag of a backpack who looked like he was fresh off the deck of "Whale Wars". Who would have thought he had a PHD. As it turned out, I miss judged him as I often do when meeting strangers. He took us on the most delightful, interesting walking tour of the forest passing over a salmon stream on the edge of town. We then went through the local salmon hatchery and met Hercules, a fish with a rugged past that would write a book on survival if it could. The tour concluded at the marina to see local fishing boats and discuss techniques and gear used in the piscatorial pursit. This 2 hour tour was such a welcome relief to cruise life and felt like a breath of fresh air. I found the tour to be intellectualy stimulating and no questions went without answer. The only thing missing of course, was Nick should have brought a dog.

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Reviewed August 24, 2011

Our tour took us to a salmon stream, hatchery and harbor. At each location we learned about a different aspect of salmon. Our guides were very knowledgeable and passionate about salmon and the important role it plays in Alaska.
The tour was over 2 hours in length and easily held our interest the whole time. Well worth the time and money.
Thanks Nic and Helen!

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Reviewed August 10, 2011

Salmon Tours is a walking tour that stops at the boat harbor and then at either a salmon stream or at the fish plant.
On my tour, we met at the cruise dock and walked a few blocks to the harbor where all the fishing boats are. Our tour guide stopped at one of the boats, which was almost 100 years old but is still used, and he demonstrated how the boat is used for commercial fishing and shared a lot of knowledge about the fishing industry.
Then, we walked another block or two to a fish plant, where fishermen bring their fish to be cut up and shipped out of town. We got a tour through the plant, seeing hundreds of huge salmon in different stages of processing: some were just off the boat, some were being filleted and some were being frozen.
The other option for the tour is to go to a salmon stream.
I think this tour gives you a more behind-the-scenes look at Sitka than other tours, giving a picture of how locals depend on the fishing industry. Our group was small with only a few people, so it was more like having a conversation with a local about fishing and Sitka then being part of a tour group.

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Reviewed June 9, 2016
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