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Fortress of the Bear

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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 2 October 2017

Brown bears and Black bears in captivity, but natural habitat. One of the Brown bears uses sign language to communicate, especially when asking for food.Attendants are quite knowledgeable and friendly. Good opportunity for photos. Suggest about a 90 minute visit.

1  Thank Anthony D
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We visited Sitka on a cruise ship. We caught a shuttle bus from town, which drops you off at Fortress of the Bear for an hour, with the option to then stop at the Raptor Centre on the way back, or just return to the...More

Thank Lee W
Reviewed 27 September 2017

We caught a shuttle from the town. The fortress of the bear was interesting, particularly the talk that the keepers give . They explain why the bears are there.. A good chance to see bears fairly close up. You only need to spend about 45...More

Thank PamF47
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Visited through Tribal Tours. They were fantastic! We were able to be the first ones there in the morning, so only about 6 of us. This allowed us to hear great stories about the bears as well as watch them getting fed.

Thank Joan G
Reviewed 24 September 2017

The bears are free within an enclosure, brown bears on one side and black bears on another. It is not like seeing them in the wild, but it is the next best thing and seeing them is guaranteed. A fun half an hour stop. Went...More

Thank PSGumby
Reviewed 22 September 2017

This was a part of a Sitka Scenic Tour and the most wonderful part of it. They rescue these bears and take care of them until they can return them to the wild. The caretaker (really don't remember his title) was so enthusiastic in telling...More

Thank ALBERTB318
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We visited the Fortress of the Bear as part of our tour of Sitka and was the most interesting part of our tour. It was the best way to view bears in a town where the ratio of bears to people is very high. You...More

Thank Nancy K
Reviewed 18 September 2017

The fortress is set in an old water purification plant set up by a pulp mill. They are using two of the large water tanks to hold orphaned brown bear cubs. Black bears are held in a separate facility that might be expanding since the...More

Thank J&L_US
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Fortress of the Bear allows great viewing and photo ops, especially for anyone who could not see brown or black bears in the wild. An hour visit is more than adequate, as the bears are in three large enclosures easily viewed from a single viewing...More

Thank DRF616
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Bears were great as were the staff...informative, helpful, and connected. Taxied from town, then on to Raptor Center. Walked back to town from there..saw salmon spawning, lovely totem cultural center. Wonderful town.

Thank HollyFortMyers
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19 June 2017|
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Response from Kbwhat | Reviewed this property |
There is a ramp as well as stairs.
26 April 2017|
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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.
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!