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Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Walking Tour and Wildlife Encounter

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    After pickup at your hotel and a brief drive, meet your naturalist guide at Ketchikan Port for this walking tour covering the diverse wildlife of Alaska. Observe the bustling port, where fishermen cruise in and out throughout the day, and then it’s off to the woods with your guide. Learn from the guide about the beautiful cedar, hemlock and spruce trees, as well as the thick carpet of moss and wildflowers, as you amble through the dense forest. 
    See a protected estuary and follow Eagle Creek to a rustic boardwalk with a view of wetlands. During spawning season, thousands of salmon return to this spot, and lots of wildlife supported by the salmon population return here too. Bears, seals and bald eagles frequent the area during that time, as well as many other times of the year, so keep a keen eye out for them and have your camera ready. Listen as your guide explains the nuances of this fragile ecosystem and the diverse wildlife that depend on it. 
    When you reach the end of the half-mile trail, you’ll have the option to visit the Alaska Raptor Center, your chance to get up close and personal with the local wildlife. To conclude the informative, scenic hike, stop at the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill. See a master totem pole carver in action, explore the interpretive displays and relax with a snack before being taken back to your hotel.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    The staff were incredibly sweet, especially Joe. However, this “hike” was not what I expected at all. I mainly booked based off the review that you may see wildlife and bears. The hike is very short and focuses on plant life more than anything else....More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Desiree L
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Great walking tour of the temperate rainforest with information on flora and fauna. Spotted a mother bear and her cub, harbor seals, and eagles. My youngest son even licked a banana slug to test the numbing properties! Guide Conner was friendly, full of information, and...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank HKRSLP
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Sadly, we learned an hour before take-off that our float plane reservations we made 7 months earlier to fly to Anan Creek for bear-viewing was canceled due to heavy fog. This was totally understandable, but in swooped a representative from Kawanti Adventures who took total...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Tori was our walking guide and was a real treat to have guiding through the forest. She was very informative and funny in the way she put forth the info on trees, shrubs etc. Pointing out the wide variety of both vegetation and bugs etc....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank BDHiggs
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    It’s great that this sanctuary takes care of eagles that need rehab but if your going to get a glimpse of a bear you will be highly disappointed. The guide knew a lot about the trees in the rainforest but I wanted to see a...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Terry G
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    21 August 2019|
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    Response from Desiree L | Reviewed this property |
    There is a van that picks up the group at the ship and takes you to the rainforest walk. The best thing would be to call the company and ask to have one on the van when you get picked up if that’s an option.
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