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Rainforest Sanctuary Raptor Center and Totems

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Discover the Rainforest Sancturary & Totems of Ketchikan

A delightful eight-mile coastal drive takes you to the exclusive Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, a private reserve located in the forested mountains at rustic Herring Cove. This pristine natural environment is home to bald eagles, black bears, seals, a variety of birds, and other species attracted by the major salmon runs in the abundant marine estuary. In addition to wildlife viewing opportunities, this Ketchikan cruise excursion enables you to visit the Alaska Raptor Center and observe a master native totem pole carver at work.

You will be greeted by your naturalist and guided along an improved trail through the heart of the dense forest, amongst tall stands of hemlock, spruce and Alaskan cedar. The forest floor is covered with mosses, wild flowers and a variety of berries. Stops will be made throughout this Ketchikan tour at strategically located viewing areas. Your guide will lead you to a protected open estuary, where you follow Eagle Creek along an elevated wooden boardwalk overlooking grassy wetlands. Major runs of salmon return to spawn here. Watch and listen to the symphony of bird activity in this spectacular setting. The walk lasts for approximately 60 minutes and covers almost one mile with stops.

During the spawning season (usually late July to early September) bears and seals feed on salmon in Eagle Creek and the likelihood of viewing these fascinating animals is good. Bald eagles and other birds wait for scraps in the estuary. Sitka black tail deer, minks, marten and wolves also frequent the area. Seasonal ecosystem changes result in varying levels of wildlife activity.

At the conclusion of the Ketchikan trail hike, you will be guided through the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company Sawmill. Here you will also observe a master native totem carver at work. Finally, visit the Alaska Raptor Center's Ketchikan exhibit where a raptor specialist will explain the heritage and habitat of America's national symbol. Explore the interpretive displays and enjoy complimentary refreshments while browsing in the General Store.

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Shore Excursion Duration
2 Hours 45 Minutes
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket)
Food/Beverage Provided
A light snack and a hot beverage is included.
Recommended Dress
On all tours in Alaska, we recommend wearing layers for the changing weather and temperature, with the top layer being water proof. Closed-toe shoes are required.
Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The walking portion takes approximately one hour and the total distance covered is approximately one mile. Guests must be able to walk over packed dirt, gravel, pavement, and a boardwalk. There are slight inclines and downward slopes. There are no steps on the hike.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 75 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsSanctuary Workers Are Devoted to RaptorsNovember 28, 2018

Reviewer: North AL gal
I was very impressed with the dedication of the employees. All explained the role of the public & how to help guard the raptors. Described each specimen & how to care for them. Rainforest interesting, we saw black bears, juvenile & adult bald eagles; interesting field trip!

5 StarsBeautiful with lots of wildlifeOctober 14, 2018

Reviewer: Diane Bennett
This was a terrific excursion into the (who knew there was one in Alaska?) rain forest. We saw bears and harbor seals in the wild and reindeer, eagles and several other raptors at the center. The totems and the love totem carving were very interesting as well. One note though - this is definitely a hiking excursion. It is an easy hike, but NOT appropriate for anyone with walking problems. Overall we had a great time.

5 StarsExcellent outingOctober 13, 2018

Reviewer: Rick
We were promptly met by our local knowledgeable driver and taken to the site of the tour where we met Savannah, our tour guide. She was friendly and had a great sense of humor. We saw a black bear, lots of salmon, seals and various birds. The rain forest environment was not something one would expect in Alaska.

5 StarsDelightful walk in the Rain ForestSeptember 28, 2018

Reviewer: Dane Thomas
Our guide Joseph was very knowlegeable and knew a great deal about the subject at hand. He kept things moving and answered all questions thoroughly. It was a most enjoyable time and the rain forest was fascinating.

5 StarsBears!September 25, 2018

Reviewer: Dave Collins
This excursion FAR exceeded our expectations. I really enjoyed the forest walk, and we are apparently very lucky to come upon a mama bear teaching her cub to fish for salmon in the river. We were, like, 100 yards away!! It is a contender for the highlight of our Alaska Cruise.

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