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Tlingit Canoe and Culture Experience

Price: $110.00
This tour operates from May 1 - September 30.
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Tlingit Canoe and Culture Experience

Hoonah is the epitome of the majestic wilderness Alaska in known for and the Tlingit tribe calls this fantastic place home in Icy Strait.

Hoonah is a picturesque seaside community surrounded by wilderness and is a place rich in culture and traditions. As such, don't pass up this opportunity to do something out of the ordinary and learn about a people and their culture.

Your guided tour will begin as you will navigate through the pristine waters of Icy Strait in one of the Tlingit tribe's traditional, hand-carved, dugout canoes (not to worry, your guide will provide you with a life vest and instructions on how to properly use the paddles). Once secured, you will enjoy helping to paddle an authentic 40-foot canoe. You will hear to traditional songs, drumming and you will be taught phrases by your local, expert guide in Tlingit.

This incredible journey of new discoveries doesn't end with the canoe ride, you will also tour the canoe culture shed, "Yaakw Kahidi" where you will see beautifully handcrafted totems, wall panels and a display of the "Xunaa Shuka Hit" tribe, upon where you will have their stories interpreted for you. You will also learn about the traumatic event of the forced migration out of Glacier Bay and the recent partnership with the National Park Service.

You will be able to purchase authentic Tlingit souvenirs such as arts and crafts at the Kindei gift shop. After some free time here, you will be transported comfortably back to the cruise ship pier area.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
2 Hours
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable, seasonal clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. Dress in layers, plan for an average of 50-65 degree's, and a travel raincoat is suggested.
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Min age requirement is 5 years old and minimum weight requirement is 50 lbs.
5 Stars5Based On 2 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsUnique experience August 26, 2019

Reviewer: Carolyn
Well organized and authentic Tinglit experience. The paddlers on board allow you to paddle as much or as little as you like. This was one of the best excursions we did in all of Alaska.

5 StarsWorld's largest dugout canoeAugust 10, 2019

Reviewer: Donald Dudziak
This was a pleasant ride in a dugout canoe that could hold 40 people! We were given colorful paddles and were welcome to paddle when we wanted. The Tlingit guide was friendly and informative. I recommend this excursion.

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