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Your tour begins as you board a high-speed catamaran for a scenic 45-minute cruise along North America's longest and deepest fjord to Haines. Along the way, you’ll witness spectacular views of waterfalls, ice-sculpted peaks, and glaciers. Be sure to keep an eye out for whales and other marine life.
Upon arrival in Haines, you’ll be met by the owner of the company, escorted to your bus for the ride on the Haines Scenic Byway to the boat dock. On your narrated drive you will enjoy stories of the history of the valley while you learn more about the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Where the road ends, the real Alaska begins and so does your adventure. You’ll arrive at our modern dock facility to enjoy a delicious home cooked Chilkat Valley meal in the comfort of a covered, heated pavilion.
After your meal, you’ll board a flat bottomed boat to experience a narrated and guided ride along miles of scenic channels in the Chilkat River. Your vessel is specially designed for navigation in this silt-laden river which is the only access to a remote, roadless portion of the Bald Eagle Preserve where no other tour goes. Your open topped boat allows you to view and photograph the majestic scenery and animals seen in an unhindered fashion. Warm outerwear and lap blankets will be provided.
Eagles, moose, and bears are often spotted along the riverbank, making this an once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. The scenery alone is worth the trip with cascading, hanging glaciers and surrounding mountains that soar to 6,000-foot heights – this is the real, untouched beauty of Alaska.
Visit with your Captain’s and staff, around a crackling campfire after you come off the river before your return drive to Haines and the catamaran cruise back to Skagway. You’ll be leaving the Bald Eagle Preserve with a myriad of unforgettable memories of a once in a lifetime experience.
- Cameras are a must. Restrooms are available at the river dock, on board the M/V Fair-weather Express and at the pier in Haines.
- Very limited participation.
- Tour duration includes transfer via ferry from Skagway to Haines, 40 minutes each way.
- Meal will consist of hot dogs (guests cook their own over a BBQ or campfire), chips, chili, brownies, lemonade, hot chocolate, coffee or tea.