Wildlife Safari & Bear Viewing Tour

Visit Haines and the wildlife rich corridor of the Chilkoot River on this bear viewing tour. Experience the natural world of Alaska with an experienced naturalist.

Tour Photos

  • Brown bears frequent the Chilkoot River for easy fishing Brown bears frequent the Chilkoot River for easy fishing
  • Eagle fishing on the banks of the Chilkat River Eagle fishing on the banks of the Chilkat River
  • Brown bear paw print Brown bear paw print

Tour Notes

Port: Skagway
Duration: 6.25 Hours
Activity Level: Easy
Min. Age: none
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: None
Food: Picnic style lunch
Provided Equipment: shared spotting scopes & binoculars
Recommended clothing:layers for warmth, and bring rain gear
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: Guests need to be able to get in and out of the van & walk on uneven surfaces.
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

Haines is home to magnificent wildlife and breathtaking views of the natural world! With an experienced naturalist as your guide, you will see and learn about the plants and animals that make up the ‘wilds’ of Alaska.

Your excursion begins from Skagway on a 45 minute high speed catamaran ferry to small town of Haines, Alaska. Upon arriving in Haines, we’ll start with a narrated driving tour through historic Fort Seward, the first military base in Alaska. Leaving town, we will journey through the amazing Chilkoot Valley. On our journey to the Chilkoot River corridor, we take in coastal views along the longest fjord in North America, we 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 a birdwatchers paradise with abundant local and migratory birds. Powerful spotting scopes or binoculars will often allow close-range views of mountain goats grazing in high alpine meadows and nesting eagles on this tour.

After capturing images and experiencing the incredible natural beauty and wildlife of the Chilkoot River corridor, we’ll enjoy a seaside picnic of sandwiches, chips, fruit, and cookies. Following lunch, we will head to the mouth of the Chilkat River, home to the largest concentration of bald eagles in the world. Our final stop of the tour is 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 an unparalleled photography opportunities. A short drive back to town brings us to the ferry for the return journey to Skagway.

Do not forget your camera!!!!

This tour only operates July – September to maximizes our potential to view bears and eagles feeding on the spawning salmon.
Bear and other wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The tour stops can vary slightly according to maximum wildlife viewing potential.

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*Price is per adult in USD, taxes not included.

Guest Comments

The Wildlife Safari in Haines was a highlight of our cruise. We saw a mama bear and her cubs fishing in the river, along with several bald eagles. Scott was a great naturalist and we really enjoyed learning about the local geography and natural history of Alaska!
- Susan R.