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Fortress of the Bear

#3 of 45 things to do in Sitka Features Animals
4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835-9805
+1 907-747-3032
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4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835-9805
+1 907-747-3032
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Reviewed yesterday

Debi, our wonderful tour guide also volunteers here, so she told us all about the bears and how this facility helped out troubled bears. She stood by our group and told us about each bear, where they came from, what they like, how they use...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place is amazing it is totally self funded and they rescue bears and bring them back to health you can learn about the issues for the Bears and how they are rescued Would recommend you visit you can get up close to the Bears

Thank Nelli K
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited FOB on our trip to Sitka via a cruise. It was a breathtaking experience to view these gorgeous creatures up close. The caretakers were so gracious, knowledgable, and very clearly passionate about the work they do. We absolutely loved our visit, and hope...More

Thank 123Anonymous321
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A great way to safely see bears up close. The people who run this are very knowledgeable and passionate about what they do.

Thank 2014AAH
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was nice watching the bears play, but what made this even more memorable was when a worker (the owner? director?) tossed salmon to the bears for a treat. The bears got their share, but dozens of eagles watching from the trees swooped and soared,...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was most definitely a highlight of our Alaskan cruise and was so affordable and easy to get to. The bears are captivating and we loved watching them communicate with their keepers using simple sign language Tobi the bear requested "more" salmon and was successful...More

Thank Charlotte C
Reviewed 3 days ago

great views of bears in man-made habitat. They are trained to some extend and fun to watch. It was a rainy day when I was there, but still nice to see them in this habitat.

Thank Michael J
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Non profit sanctuary for orphaned bear cubs who would otherwise be euthanized. We loved watching the bears up close and listening to the rescuers' stories!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit! The enclosures are not huge but the bears are well cared for. You can see them up close and I'm so glad they rescued them. All the money they make goes directly to the bears so we didn't book a tour,...More

Thank Ghertrud
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't expect the glitz and glamour of the San Diego Zoo, but do expect to be entertained. The Fortress is an old pulp mill that has been let go and now houses the bears. The Fortress keeper has done an excellent job training the bears...More

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We will be on a cruise in late August and are looking forward to visiting! My only concern is how many steps to the platforms do you have? Read where the best viewing is on the platform but interested in knowing how many steps and how steep they are? Are they dry or slippery? Looking forward to your prompt response to my inquiries.
19 June 2017|
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Response from Kim R | Reviewed this property |
there is a ramp if you can't climb stairs.
How close are you to the Raptor Center?
26 April 2017|
Response from BearManagerFoB | Property representative |
We are 5-6 miles from the Raptor Center. You can reach us by cab, take the local bus (weekdays only) or use one of the shuttle bus services providedo by Sitka Tours or Tribal Tours.
Will Fortress of the Bear be open in mid- May, when the cruise ships start sailing up to Sitka?
18 March 2017|
Response from BearManagerFoB | Property representative |
Absolutely! As of May 1st, we will be open 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week. We look forward to your visit!