The cruise excursion adventure begins with a scenic motorcoach tour to a secluded mountain lake. Part of a lush rain forest, the lake is ideal for canoeing, and is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, the largest National Forest in the United States. Board Native American-style 37-foot, 20-passenger traditional Alaskan canoes, which are fast, stable, and easy to maneuver. Paddle under the direction of an experienced guide, scan the shore for wildlife, and learn the unique natural and native history of the area on this Ketchikan day trip.
Stop ashore for an Alaskan-style snack at a remote camp. Your knowledgeable tour guide will lead a short nature walk, highlighting the flora and fauna of the rain forest in Ketchikan, including a carnivorous plant called the sundew. Paddle back to the canoe dock, and climb aboard the motorcoach that returns to the dock. This Ketchikan shore excursion adventure tour is a rare opportunity to comfortably explore Southeast Alaska in the manner of its original explorers and early culture.
Reviewer: P Brigman
After a bus ride from the boat, through town, and out through the national forest we arrived at the lake. The paddle across the lake in our large canoe had included a lesson in geography, flora and fauna. The short hike through the forest along a board path was an extension to our learning. The afternoon was topped off with a light snack at the camp circle. This excursion was great because we had a guide, Jenson, who was extremely knowledgeable in the area and wildlife.
Reviewer: Penny McLaughlin
We had a wonderful time canoeing and enjoying local fare. The guides were very knowledgeable and made the whole experience exceptional. It was a beautiful setting (what isn't in Alaska?) and we were fortunate enough to have perfect weather. Well worth the money.
Reviewer: Libby Francis
I was disappointed that the canoe we went in was not the one pictured. I was expecting a reproduction Native American Canoe. It was just a regular 16 passenger canoe. The ride to the lake was enjoyable with many stories about the people and the area. The hike was gentle, but very informative. The snacks were tasty!!
Reviewer: Nora Beck
A real treat; our canoe/nature trail guide was very knowledgeable and at ease with a large group. Our bus driver was also well informed. The stop for refreshments was fun because there were local foods to eat and because our guide used that time to talk about our surroundings before we headed into the woods.
Reviewer: David DeBord
We thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. Jeremy, our guide, was knowledgable and his presentations on the rain forest environment demonstrated his concern to be accurate in the medicinal use of plants. The clam chowder was a nice touch on a cloudy day. The canoe was comfortable and stable. We came prepared for rain with rain coats and pants so we felt comfort in the wet environment. I would highly recommend being prepared for rain. The staff was conscious of our need to be back to our ship on time. We enjoyed the day and recommend it.