We are taking a Northbound glacier cruise which leaves Vancouver July 4, 2014. It will stop in Ketchikan on July 6th, Ice Strait on July 7th, Juneau the 8th and Skagway the 9th. We will then be in Anchorage for a couple of nights at the end of the cruise (July 11 and 12). My 8 yo's main request is for a bear viewing excursion and I want to make sure I choose the right place for that time of the year to maximize our chance of bear viewing. I would really like to take a floatplane tour out of Ketchikan to Anan Creek, but noted that the season opens on July 5th (the day before we get there). It makes me nervous that since that is the very beginning of the season that there may not be much bear activity. So, would anyone recommend that trip or would waiting and doing a trip out of Anchorage/Homer/Soldotna be better? I can not seem to find the peak times for viewing at Brooks Falls and that area. We did a trip to Wolverine Creek in the past with Talon Air but it was in early August and was not that active (although we did see several bears).
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! TIA!