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Wildlife Safari And Bear Viewing - Haines

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The Chilkat River is home to some of the best bear and wildlife viewing in Alaska, and this tour offers easy roadside viewing access! Travel to Haines and discover magnificent wildlife and breathtaking views with an experienced naturalist as your guide, see and learn about the plants and animals that make up the wilds of Alaska.

Wildlife Safari and Bear Viewing - Haines

After debarking your cruise ship, be met at the pier area by your friendly, local representative and start your tour from Skagway on a 45-minute high speed catamaran ferry to the small town of Haines, Alaska.

This fun and scenic ferry ride is a bonus to your tour as you can take in magnificent views from the water of the breath-taking Alaskan scenery. Upon arriving in Haines, your small group will start with a narrated drive through historic Fort Seward, the first military base in Alaska. Leaving town, you'll then pass through the amazing Chilkoot Valley.

Your journey to the Chilkoot River corridor will feature panoramic coastal views along the longest fjord in North America. You may spot seals, sea lions, porpoise, and whales feeding in these rich waters. The Chilkoot River is home to some of the best bear viewing in Alaska!

The river's huge salmon runs bring good numbers of bears every year. Situated among rugged glaciated peaks, it is home to numerous brown bears, mountain goats, salmon, river otters, and innumerable bald eagles.

This area is also a bird-watcher's paradise with abundant local and migratory birds. Powerful spotting scopes or binoculars allow close-range views of mountain goats grazing in high alpine meadows and nesting eagles. After capturing images and experiencing the incredible natural beauty and wildlife of the Chilkoot River corridor, enjoy a delicious seaside picnic of sandwiches, chips, fruit, and cookies.

Following lunch, make your way to the mouth of the Chilkat River, home to the largest concentration of bald eagles in the world. Your final stop is a habitat to all five species of wild Pacific salmon, drawing all of Alaska's predators to its shores. The four ice-capped mountain ranges that surround the Chilkat River provide unparalleled photography opportunities.

A short drive back to Haines will return you to the ferry for the journey to Skagway where you began.

Please Note: Bear and other wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Tour stops can vary slightly to maximize wildlife viewing potential.

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from $239.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic, Water/Beach
Tour Duration
6.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
A delicious seaside picnic of sandwiches, chips, fruit, and cookies is included. Dietary restrictions including gluten free, vegan, vegetatian, and food allergies may be accommodated with a minimum of 48 hours advanced notice. Please include your request when placing your booking.
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable, casual clothing that is weather-appropriate and comfortable walking shoes.
Guests must be able to get in and out of all (van/ferry) transportation used for the tour. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Children ages 2 and younger may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice at the time of booking.