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Fortress of the Bear

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Address: 4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835-9805
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US$62.50*
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Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear
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Sitka Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear
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Sitka Super Saver: Whale-Watching Cruise and City Sightseeing Tour

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Taking care of the bears

Here you will see how a group is doing their best to take in injured bears or abandoned bear cubs. A first of it's kind in the state. The bears are now healthy and seem to be... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016
anncollins217
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Carrboro, North Carolina
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Carrboro, North Carolina
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Here you will see how a group is doing their best to take in injured bears or abandoned bear cubs. A first of it's kind in the state. The bears are now healthy and seem to be enjoying themselves.

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Ontario
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26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We did this excursion because it was rated as one of the "Best of Sitka" attractions. The staff were very friendly and informative, but the bears enclosures need to be bigger. They can see this vast forest beyond their fences and can't get to it :( My husband and I felt as though it was a situation that is difficult,... More 

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Gainesville, Ga
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We decided to stop in and see the rescue bears and they did not stop showing off for some time. They are amazing to watch and the owners love talking about them and how each is different.

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Chesham, Bucks, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We passed this place twice before we found it - so does need better signage / marketing awareness. Bears are cute - enclosures are quirky - but seem roomy. Everyone seemed to be looked after. Shame Alaska does not have a rescue and release policy.

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Columbus, Ohio
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44 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

The Fortress was an excellent place to visit and safely view the bears. Two well informed workers answered questions and provided good info for visitors. Not time consuming unless you want it to be. We spent about an hour and that was plenty of time. Donations for upkeep and expansion appear to be appreciated, but not required.

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Thank sonyam727
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Took a 7 day cruise to Alaska and Sitka was our 2nd stop. We didn't book any excursions so decided to check out the city. Once you arrive from the port to the bus stop, we saw a sign for a $10 per adult bus tour of the fortress of the bear and raptor center. I believe you can catch... More 

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Godfrey, Illinois
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Our group enjoyed photographing the bears for at least an hour. The staff was very knowledgeable and personable, they seemed to really love their job and talking to the guests.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We took the community bus [$3 for all-day ticket - what a deal!] out to this place that cares for bears that cannot be returned to the wild. It is very different from typical zoo enclosures, as the bears have a lot of room, and are very active! I don't know when feeding times are, but we were fortunate enough... More 

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Ketchikan
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We arrived at Fortress of the Bears first thing in the morning and there were only a few other guests. We really enjoyed the information shared by the host and watching the bears being fed. It was clear that the place is run by people who truly care about the bears and have genuine passion for what they do. This... More 

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Juneau, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This was my first time visiting this attraction and I've been to Sitka many times. It was so cool to see these rescued bears being cared for and used to teach people.You get to view them in a somewhat real forest setting. They would be dead without this rescue center.

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