Best of Sitka Tour
This unique excursion explores the best of Sitka, the former "Russian" capital city of Alaska. It includes a wildlife tour through the Alaska Raptor Center, a visit to the Sitka National Historical Park and a stop at the Fortress of the Bear.
The Raptor Center operates with bird care professionals assisted by volunteers to rescue birds, provide them with rehabilitative care and hopefully release them back into the wild. After your introduction to the center, a presentation with one of the center's educational birds will take place. Time will be available to view the flight center, clinic window, outside deck habitat areas and gift shop.
Next, you'll visit the Sitka National Historical Park, where the 1804 "Battle of Alaska" was fought. The park hosts totem lined trails, cultural exhibits and carving rooms where Native Alaskan artisans demonstrate their totemic art form. Walk the nature trail, view cultural exhibits and video presentation, or talk with local Native artists about their cultural art form.
The final stop is visiting the Fortress of the Bear, which allows you to get within 25 feet of Alaska brown bears in a naturalized setting. You will enjoy observing three populations of bears from a covered viewing platform and interact with an experienced naturalist. After the bear tour, you may disembark on the main street to shop or be returned directly to the tender pier.
MEETING LOCATION: The canoe statue outside Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive in downtown Sitka.
*Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour departure for check-in.