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Experience a quintessential Alaska adventure as you view brown bears foraging along a scenic river during an evening in Haines. This tour is only offered during the peak of the salmon spawning in August and September and has limited availability.
Naturalists take you to the sheltered valley of the Chilkoot River, for centuries a favorite fishing site for the Tlingit people and brown bears. As the sun slowly sets, bear families descend on the river, leaving the cover of the forest to forage along the grassy banks. From the protection of your bus, you may witness the food chain in action as thousands of salmon swim past the hungry bruins.
Spotting scopes bring the action up close, as bald eagles, gulls, ravens and ducks hover over the spawning fish. Following this foray into the wild Alaska night, guides share stories of life in a quaint Alaska fishing village while driving back through downtown Haines and historic Fort Seward before departing to Skagway.
- Bear sightings are not guaranteed. Seasonal wildlife updates are posted at the Shore Ex desk.
- Tide conditions can make ramp to dock very steep, guests with limited mobility not recommended.
- Meal is served during the evening. Vegetarian meal available, please notify Shore Ex onboard at least 24 hours prior to tour.
- Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.