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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Eagle Sanctuary and Rainforest Wildlife Center provided by My Holidays Online - Alaska

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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Eagle Sanctuary and Rainforest Wildlife Center

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 20-07-14 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-07-14 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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    Herring Cove
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    An amazing 8 mile journey along the coast takes you to the exclusive Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, a private reserve located in the forested mountains at rustic Herring Cove. This refined natural environment is home to bald eagles, black bear, 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 tour enables you to see and photograph live eagles up close, observe reindeer, and to 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 Alaska cedar. The forest floor is covered with mosses, wild flowers and a variety of berries. Stops will be made 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. During the spawning season 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, mink and marten also frequent the area. Seasonal ecosystem changes result in varying levels of wildlife activity. If you like nature, you will love this tour. At the conclusion of the half-mile trail hike you will have an opportunity to visit the Alaska Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit organization. Take the opportunity to feed their Alaskan reindeer as well as see raptors up close as a raptor specialist explains the heritage and habitat of the different species. Following these great photographic opportunities, you will be guided through the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill, established by legendary pioneer Ben Fleenor. Observe a master native totem pole carver at work and enjoy his many works in front of our General Store. Explore the interpretive displays and enjoy complimentary refreshments while browsing in the General Store. Included: Rain ponchos if necessary. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, tea and a smoked salmon snack in general store. Admission to the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Please Note: Wildlife sightings not guaranteed. Requires approximately 1/2 mile walk on possibly uneven terrain through forest. Not recommended for guests with mobility issues.
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2h 45m
  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, tea and a smoked salmon snack.
  • Snacks
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Herring Cove
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Kelly K wrote a review Aug. 2019
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Took the black bear and wildlife exploration while in port from my cruise. Told we needed to be quiet to not scare the wildlife. Seems pretty pointless, when you have zipliners screaming and yelling overhead, loud vehicles continually going up and down the road carry the
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Date of experience: August 2019
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By: My Holidays Online - Alaska
shane c
Incredible Scenery
Our tour included a comfortable bus ride to the summit ending in a border crossing to the Yukon. The Driver/tour gu
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Amazing Scenery to die for!!!!!
This is an excellent tour! I know some of the reviews say this tour is too long but we did not find this at all! W
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Great Combo Tour
My husband and I booked this tour through our cruise line. We were picked up promptly from our cruise port. We had
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Is like being in a living textbook titled "The Alaskan Gold Rush"
From our cruise ship that booked the event for us, got tickets, location and times to meet at the port. Got on a bu
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we were not able to go, b acuouse NO One contacted us or sent us any info on where to meet whom to meet and or a
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Sled dog ride
What awesome animals! One of the best excursions on the cruise. The sled dog ride was one we won’t ever forget. And
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Too many trees to see bears
We didn’t see any bears but if they had been there we wouldn’t have seen them because we were driving so fast. A l
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Great views.
A great train trip up over 4000 feet to White Pass in old carriages. Commentary was excellent and the staff on the
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Delightful trip
Our group had a wonderful time wth Lindsay. Very friendly, knowlegeable, accomodating.Could not have been a better
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A Beautiful Way to See the White Pass Summit
Although there were many options to view the White Pass Summit, while in Skagway we are glad we chose this option.
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Highlight of our holiday!
I think this is now called Alaska Shore Excusions Icy Strait Exclusive Wildlife and Bear Search Tour. We had a fa
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Audrey N
Waste of money
We were cramped into the back seat of the bus with a view of the bathroom door. We were left off last at every stop
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Relaxing Train Trip, Amazing Scenic Views
We decided to take the train ride in the afternoon. We chose a hike and river float for the morning excursion. Th
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Silverking seafeast
It was a rainy day for our adventure, but our boat was enclosed and warm! We saw whales, sea lions, and other sea l
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Bob P
Great bus/train combo through White Pass
We opted for the Chilkoot version of this common Skagway cruise excursion and are glad we did. The bus/rail combina
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  • Duration: 2h 45m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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