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Historic Gold Rush Scenic Driving Tour

Historic Gold Rush Scenic Driving Tour

See the historic town site of Dyea, visit the trailhead of the famous Chilkoot Trail, and the beauty of the Taiya River on this scenic driving tour of Skagway and its historic highlights.

Tour Photos

  • Driving along the Taiya Inlet near Dyea Driving along the Taiya Inlet near Dyea
  • Aerial view looking over the town of Skagway Aerial view looking over the town of Skagway
  • Trailhead for the Historic Chilkoot Trail Trailhead for the Historic Chilkoot Trail
  • City of Skagway overlook City of Skagway overlook
  • Bald Eagle flying over the fjord Bald Eagle flying over the fjord
     

Tour Notes

Port: Skagway
Duration: 2 Hours
Activity Level: Easy
Min Age: None (Children under 2 are free.)
Min Group Size: 3 Max Group Size: 12
Food: Water bottles provided.
Recommended clothing: Layers for warmth, rain jacket.
Wheelchair access: Yes. Please request it at booking time.
Medical Restrictions: It is the guest’s responsibility to determine if they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity. Pertinent medical conditions must be disclosed to the guide.
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

Your tour begins at the pier where you’ll meet your knowledgeable guide. Your small, intimate group will board a van and drive through Skagway’s historic district and residential district en route to the backcountry and the gold rush era town of Dyea. On this excursion in Skagway, hear tales about Skagway’s time as a gold rush boom town as your guide points out some of its historic buildings. Driving through Skagway’s residential district you’ll learn all kinds of interesting facts about this wonderful town.

Once out of town, your tour leads over a mountain road to what was once the gold rush city of Dyea. Along the way you’ll stop at the Naku Bay overlook and peer down the inside passage – North America’s longest and deepest fjord. Next, head to the trailhead of the Chilkoot Trail. This world-famous trail was the main route to the riches of the Klondike during the gold rush over 100 years ago. Now a tranquil place of incredible beauty, the trail winds through a lush rainforest alive with birds, animals and wildflowers. Here, your guide weaves an entertaining mix of natural history and Klondike folklore.

Next, your tour heads out to the abandoned gold rush town of Dyea. The spruce and hemlock trees grow along what were once the streets of a bustling town full of stampeders seeking fortune. Before returning to Skagway, you’ll get some more great photo opportunities at the Taiya River overlook and a fantastic look at Skagway from above at the Skagway overlook. This tour is a great way to discover and learn about Skagway – A small town with a lot to see.

(~15 minutes) - Your friendly guide will meet you near the Skagway Small Boat harbor sign and restrooms. Here they will take the opportunity to get to know you and provide answers to any questions that you might have about your upcoming excursion and complete any necessary paperwork.
(~10 minutes) - Tour of historic Skagway and residential District.
(~20 minutes) - We'll head out of town and stop at the Naku Bay overlook.
(~25 minutes) - We'll make our way along the coast towards the Chilkoot Trail trailhead, and learn more about the Gold Rush. (bathroom stop)
(~25 minutes) - We'll journey to the historic townsite of Dyea.
(~15 minutes) - As we retrace our steps back towards town, we'll stop at an overlook of the Taiya River.
(~25minutes) - Before returning to Skagway, we'll stop at the Skagway overlook, and then return to the dock.

Where will I meet my guide?
Your guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. If you are arriving by cruise ship, your guide will meet you at the end of the pier that your ship docks at. Otherwise the meeting location is the Small Boat Harbor sign. CLICK HERE to see a map detailing these locations in Skagway. Your guide will be holding a sign that says "Skagway and Haines Excursions".
Who are my guides?
You guides are experts in the industry. They are fun, well-trained and passionate about guiding and sharing their expert knowledge about the history and natural wonder of Haines and Skagway, Alaska with you! Our staff all go through extensive training and hold current first-aid (mostly WFR and WEMT) certification. Many of our guides also lead courses and guided expedition trips for us both in Alaska and throughout the world.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing, and at the Chilkoot Trail trailhead.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.

Booking Options


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

Guest Comments:


Our guide was super knowledgeable and fun. We visited the historic townsite of Dyea and the Chilkoot trail. A great short driving tour that was a great complement to our train ride!
- Jared G.


Haines On Your Own

Haines On Your Own

Haines, Alaska is a one-of-a-kind destination rich with history, amazing scenery, and wonderful culture. Only a small percentage of guests who visit Alaska's Inside Passage get to experience this authentic town. Escape the crowds and explore this peaceful town at your own pace!

Town Photos

  • Fast Ferry from Skagway to Haines Fast Ferry from Skagway to Haines
  • Explore the unique small town of Haines on your own Explore the unique small town of Haines on your own
  • Journey just 16 miles along the Lynn Canal to Haines Journey just 16 miles along the Lynn Canal to Haines
  • Fort Seward offers unique perspective on AK history & scenic backdrops Fort Seward offers unique perspective on AK history & scenic backdrops
  • Ferry pulling back into Skagway after exploring Haines Ferry pulling back into Skagway after exploring Haines
     

Travel Notes

Port: Skagway
Duration: 6.5 Hours
Activity Level: Easy
Modes of Travel: Fast Ferry, Bus, walking
Min. Age: none
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: None
Food: Restaurants available in town
Provided Equipment: None
Recommended clothing: Dress in layers for warmth, bring rain gear.
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: Participants need to be able to walk 1-2 miles minimum.
THIS IS NOT A GUIDED TOUR

Town Description

To visit Haines from Skagway you will board a high-speed catamaran for a scenic 45-minute narrated cruise down North America’s longest and deepest fjord. Along the way, you’ll witness spectacular views of waterfalls and ice-sculpted peaks. The ferry naturalist will tell you about the history of the area, point out the sights, as well as help you search for marine wildlife.

Upon arrival in Haines you will have the next 4 hours to explore this scenic town at your leisure. It is a small town with many attractions and shops within a 1/2 mile walk from the pier. You can grab a flyer at the end of the pier for a self-guided tour of Fort William H. Seward, or head straight to the Bald Eagle Foundation to see live raptors close-up. Hungry? Grab a tasty bite at any one of the fabulous restaurants in town. Thirsty? Stop by the brewery or distillery for a locally crafted spirit. Enjoy arts, crafts, and/or shopping? There are many local artisan shops and galleries in town. The choice is up to you!

After 4 hours of exploring this town, you will return to the ferry for your ride back to Skagway. The return ferry trip will provide you with the opportunity to relax, enjoy the ride, and reminisce on your time in this unique Alaskan town.

NOTES: This is not a guided tour. It is the participants’ responsibility to be at the ferry 15 minutes prior to departure time or risk missing their ferry. They are also responsible for checking attractions’ hours and dates of operation. No refunds will be given in the event of missed departures or attraction closures.

Here are some examples of Haines' attractions:
American Bald Eagle Foundation
A natural history museum and live raptor center with an impressive diorama representing the wildlife of the Chilkat Valley. See a live raptor presentation and stop in the gift shop, which specializes in art and natural history items. (Entrance fee: $15/adult)
The Hammer Museum
This is the first museum dedicated to the history of the hammer! With over 2,000 hammers on display you will surely learn something new about mankind’s first tool. (Entrance fee: $5/adult)
Haines Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center
As the largest museum in Haines, the Sheldon Museum showcases the unique history and culture of Haines and the Chilkat Valley. You can learn more about native Tlingit art and culture, or see the work of local artists in this fabulous museum. (Entrance fee: $5/adult)
Fort William H. Seward
Built in 1902, Fort Seward overlooks the beautiful Chilkoot Inlet. Take a free self-guided walking tour around the fort or enjoy one of the many artisan shops located around the historic Parade Grounds. (Free)
Haines Brewing Company or Port Chilkoot Distillery
Local companies that craft the finest spirits and ales in small batches. Try Port Chilkoot Distillery’s award winning 50 Fathoms Gin, or a crowd favorite Seasonal Ale from Haines Brewing Company.
Tlingit Totem Poles
There are several totem poles throughout Haines that have been carved by local native artisans. From the Public Library’s “Ax’ Shtudultoowo Daaka Hidi” (Where They Go To Learn By Themselves) to the Friendship Pole at Haines School, they each have their own unique story. (Free)
Art and Shopping
Whether in Fort Seward or along Main Street, there are numerous art shops and galleries that showcase some of the finest local artists. From traditional native Northwest Coast art to hand-knit crafts, you will surely find something unique in Haines.
Dining & Restaurants
After walking around Haines you are bound to get hungry! There are several unique restaurants within a short walk of the pier, from frontier elegant to down-home friendly. Local chefs take pride in presenting regional delicacies such as fresh caught salmon and halibut.
Who will assist me?
This is a self-guided tour. You will be checked in by the ferry purser when you prepare to board the Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry both Skagway and Haines, but otherwise will be on our own to explore the town of Haines.
What is there to do in Haines?
Click on the Attractions tab above to get a brief sample of places to visit while in Haines. You can also do some internet searches to find additional options - Haines is called the "Adventure Capital of Alaska" for a reason!
What is the weather like?
Southeast Alaska is a coastal temperate rain forest - it rains often. During the summer, average low temperature can be in the 40's (F), and highs can average in the low 60's (F). Please check forecasts prior to departing so you can properly prepare yourself for the weather.

Booking Options

Use the following link to access the HSFF booking portal. There you will be able to see all available departure times.


Chilkoot Trail Hike, Float & Summit Drive Tour

Chilkoot Trail Hike, Float & Summit Drive Tour

This excursion retraces the footsteps of the Klondike Gold Rush stampeeders over the historic Chilkoot Trail and float back down on the beautiful Taiya River. Tour the spectacular views of alpine lakes, towering snow-capped peaks, and pristine forest on a drive to the summit of the picturesque White Pass.

Tour Photos

  • Rafting towards the mouth of the Taiya River Rafting towards the mouth of the Taiya River
  • Hike the 1st two miles of the historic Chilkoot Trail Hike the 1st two miles of the historic Chilkoot Trail
  • Leaving the dock, we'll drive about 20 minutes to scenic Dyea Leaving the dock, we'll drive about 20 minutes to scenic Dyea
  • Expert naturalist guides enjoy sharing their love of Alaska Expert naturalist guides enjoy sharing their love of Alaska
  • Floating down the gentle Taiya River Floating down the gentle Taiya River
  • Guides row the oars... sit back, take photos & enjoy the scenery Guides row the oars... sit back, take photos & enjoy the scenery
  • At the take out, enjoy hot drinks & a cookie At the take out, enjoy hot drinks & a cookie
     

Tour Notes

Port: Skagway
Duration: 6 Hours
Activity Level: Strenuous [Several miles walking on uneven terrain, 350' of elevation gain over 1/2 mile]
Min. Age: 7 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: 350 lbs.
Food: Water provided on the hike, and cookies, tea and hot chocolate offered after rafting.
Provided Equipment: Trekking poles [for hiking]. Life jackets, ponchos and rubber boots [for rafting].
Recommended clothing: Hiking boots, rain gear, warm layers.
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: This is a physical activity and it is the guest’s responsibility to determine if they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity. Pertinent medical conditions must be disclosed to the guide.
PASSPORT REQUIRED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description


Your excursion begins at the dock. After a safety orientation, board a van and drive through Skagway to the backcountry and the historic town of Dyea. Hike the first two miles of the scenic Chilkoot Trail, the centerpiece of gold rush history in Skagway. This world famous trail was the main route to the riches of the Klondike during the gold rush. Now a tranquil place of incredible beauty, the trail winds through a lush rainforest alive with birds, animals and wildflowers. Enjoy the exercise, fresh air, beautiful scenery, pristine forests, and history of a bygone era as the trail takes you up and over the 350' tall Saintly Hill. Along the way, your tour guide weaves an entertaining mix of natural history and Klondike folklore. Photo opportunities abound as you retrace the footsteps of the gold-hungry stampeders who forged this route over 100 years ago.

Arrive at the banks of the Taiya River, where your 18-foot raft awaits for the scenic float (no whitewater) back to Dyea. The forest gives way to fields of beach greens and wild iris, and the granite walls of the fjords rise steeply to the snow-capped peaks and hanging glaciers. Enjoy a riverside snack of homemade cookies and a hot beverage with countless picture-perfect moments before loading up in the van and continuing the tour up to the White Pass summit.

We’ll drive for about 45 minutes from the take-out to the top of the scenic White Pass. There are many photo opportunities of beautiful alpine lakes, glaciers, towering snowcapped peaks and pristine forests. After enjoying the spectacular scenery, we’ll return through the U.S. Border station and return to the town of Skagway.

(~10 minutes) - Your friendly guide will meet you near the Skagway Small Boat harbor sign and restrooms. Here they will take the opportunity to get to know you and provide answers to any questions that you might have about your upcoming excursion.
(~35 minutes) - From the small boat harbor we’ll board a van and head toward Dyea and the Chilkoot Trail. Along the way you’ll enjoy a driving town tour of Skagway and the scenic coastal gravel road to Dyea.
(~120 minutes) - Once we arrive in Dyea, your guide will get you outfitted with trekking poles and you’ll have the opportunity to use the restroom before we begin tracing the Gold Rush stampeders’ steps along the first two miles of the Historic Chilkoot Trail.
(~10 minutes) - At the end of the hike your guide will get you outfitted with a PFD and rubber boots and provide a safety briefing as we prepare for the scenic float down the Taiya River.
(~35 minutes) - Sit back and enjoy as your experienced river guide rows you down the scenic Taiya River. The stable 18’ raft provides a great platform for photography and taking in the sweeping mountain, ocean and rainforest views.
(~15 minutes) - Once we reach the riverside raft take-out, you’ll be treated to a homemade cookie and hot cocoa and hot tea and some free time to take in the dramatic landscape with the supplied spotting scope.
(~85 minutes) - From the river take-out we’ll begin our drive north up the Klondike Highway to the dramatic summit of the White Pass. There will be many photo opportunities and we’ll stop at the “Welcome to Alaska” sign so that you can get pictures with the sign.
(~60 minutes) - When we depart the summit the leisurely drive back to your ship will take about 45-60 minutes as we make a photo stop at Bridal Veil Falls and stop through US Customs.
Where will I meet my guide?
Your guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. If you are arriving by cruise ship, your guide will meet you at the end of the Skagway pier that your ship docks at. Otherwise the meeting location is the Small Boat Harbor sign. CLICK HERE to see a map detailing these locations in Skagway. Your guide will be holding a sign that says "Skagway and Haines Excursions".
Who are my guides?
Your guides are experts in the industry. They are fun, well-trained and passionate about guiding and sharing their expert knowledge about the history and natural wonder of Haines and Skagway, Alaska with you! Our staff all go through extensive training and hold current first-aid (mostly WFR and WEMT) certification. Many of our guides also lead courses and guided expedition trips for us both in Alaska and throughout the world.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour and a non-flushing “outhouse” style restroom is at the start of the hike.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.
How long is the trail?
The tour hikes along the first 1.6-2 miles of the historic Chilkoot Trail.
What is the trail like?
We’ll be hiking over uneven, natural terrain. There are exposed roots, rocks and sometimes slippery or muddy sections. The trail gains and descends 350’ over the course of the two mile hike.
What wildlife will I see?
Though wildlife can never be guaranteed, Bald Eagles, ravens, squirrels and harbor seals are frequently seen on this tour in Skagway. Skagway’s unique landscape somewhat isolate’s it from many of the larger mammals apart from the occasional black bear or coastal brown bear.
Is there any whitewater on the float?
No – there will be no whitewater or rapids on the float.

Booking Options

Use our online booking system to schedule your tour: *Price is per adult in USD, taxes not included.

Yukon Extended Summit Drive Tour

Yukon Extended Summit Drive Tour

This tour explores the natural wonders of the Yukon as your tour guide takes you to the crossroads of the Klondike - The city of Carcross. This excursion visits photo stops along the way to take in the sweeping landscapes, towering mountains, alpine lakes and hanging glaciers..

Tour Photos

  • Bove Island on Tagish Lake, just south of Carcross, Yukon Territory Bove Island on Tagish Lake, just south of Carcross, Yukon Territory
  • Abundant photo opportunities Abundant photo opportunities
  • Alpine Tundra and boreal forests of northern BC Alpine Tundra and boreal forests of northern BC
  • Fireweed blooming on a summit drive into the Yukon in mid-July Fireweed blooming on a summit drive into the Yukon in mid-July
  • We'll make a series of scenic spots throughout the tour; here at Summit Lake. We'll make a series of scenic spots throughout the tour; here at Summit Lake.
     

Tour Notes

Port: Skagway
Duration: 5 hours
Activity Level: Easy
Modes of Travel: van transportation
Min. Age: none
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: none
Food: Picnic style lunch included.
Provided Equipment: None
Recommended clothing: Rain gear and dress in layers for warmth.
Wheelchair access: Yes. Please request it at the time of booking.
Medical Restrictions:Any pertinent medical conditions must be disclosed to the guides.
Liability Waiver Required
Valid Passport Required


Tour Description

*Passports required for this tour

At the dock in Skagway, you'll meet up with your tour guide, and be escorted to our 15-passenger van. Your excursion will begin with a drive through historic downtown Skagway which is a part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. You’ll learn about the town’s gold rush history and enjoy stories about the stampeders who passed through town in hopes of striking it rich in the Yukon.

From town we’ll head up to the town overlook to get a different perspective on present day Skagway. Once you’ve had a chance to take photos your tour will continue north up the Klondike Highway toward the summit of the White Pass. On the way we will pass through lush rainforest and drive by multiple waterfalls. There are many photo opportunities of beautiful alpine lakes, hanging glaciers, and towering snow-capped peaks on this excursion.

At the summit you’ll be able to get out and stretch your legs and take in the dramatic alpine landscape. Our ride then continues through Canadian customs into British Columbia. We’ll make multiple tour stops throughout the ride ensuring ample photo opportunities including the “Yukon Territory” sign.

After about an hour on the road we’ll reach Carcross, Yukon on the banks of Lake Bennett, and a highlight of the tour. Here you’ll have free time to explore the small local shops and enjoy great view of the lake made famous by the Klondike Gold Rush. From Carcross, we’ll start our journey back south toward Skagway. We’ll make a stop at the “Welcome to Alaska” sign for photos and then return through the U.S. Border station on our way back to Skagway. *Passports required for this tour

(~15 min) – Driving town tour of Skagway and visit to Skagway overlook.
(~10 min) – Photo opportunities at the Skagway overlook (10 minutes).
(~35 min) – Tour up the Klondike highway to White Pass summit and the “Welcome to Alaska” sign (5-10 minutes at the sign).
(~2 hours) – Drive to Carcross, Yukon stopping along the way for photo opportunities at Tutshi Lake, the “Welcome to the Yukon” sign, and the Bove Island overlook – Stops vary depending on group goals and changing photo opportunities as they present themselves.
(~30 min) – Free time in Carcross, Yukon and Lake Bennett (20-30 minutes).
(~1.5 hours) – Drive back to Skagway stopping along the way for photo opportunities
Where will I meet my tour guide?
Your guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. If you are arriving by cruise ship, your guide will meet you at the end of the pier that your ship docks at. Otherwise the meeting location is the Small Boat Harbor sign. CLICK HERE to see a map detailing these locations in Skagway. Your guide will be holding a sign that says with the name of you tour.
Who are my guides?

Your tour guides are experts in the industry. They are fun, well-trained and passionate about guiding and sharing their expert knowledge about the history and natural wonder of Haines and Skagway, Alaska with you! Our staff all go through extensive training and hold current first-aid (mostly WFR and WEMT) certification. Many of our guides also lead courses and guided expedition trips and excursions for us both in Alaska and throughout the world.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes - Restrooms are located throughout the trip. Flush toilets available in Skagway and Carcross, primitive toilets available every 20-30 minutes along the drive.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.
What wildlife will I see?
Though wildlife can never be guaranteed, bald eagles, ravens, squirrels and harbor seals are frequently seen in Skagway. In the Yukon there is a possibility of seeing larger mammals such as the occasional black bear or coastal brown bear, or possibly moose.

Booking Options

Use our online booking system:

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

Guest Comments:

Incredible Scenery! Our guide Ken was fantastic. We were a small group he was really able to customize the experience for us!
- Priscilla R.

Additional Reviews


Haines Native Culture Experience

Haines Native Culture Experience

Discover the captivating history of the Tlingit People, visit the “Eternal Village” of Klukwan and experience its rich cultural treasures. Guests travel through the Bald Eagle Preserve and learn about the town of Haines and the Chilkat Valley along the way.

Tour Photos

  • Experience Traditional Tlingit song & drumming Experience Traditional Tlingit song & drumming
  • On our way to Klukwan, we drive through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve On our way to Klukwan, we drive through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • State of the art Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center State of the art Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center
  • The Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center on the shore of the Chilkat River The Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center on the shore of the Chilkat River
     

Tour Notes

Port: Skagway
Duration: 6.5 Hours
Activity Level: Easy
Modes of Travel: Fast Ferry, bus, light walking
Min. Age: none
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: None
Food: Picnic style lunch included
Provided Equipment: None
Recommended clothing: Dress in layers for warmth
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: Guests need to be able to get on and off the bus.
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

Experience the native culture of the Tlingit people and the Chilkat Valley on this unique visit to Haines and Klukwan.

Your tour begins as you board a high-speed catamaran for a scenic 45-minute cruise to Haines down North America’s longest and deepest fjord. Along the way, you’ll witness spectacular views of waterfalls and ice-sculpted peaks as your guide helps you search for marine wildlife. Upon arrival in Haines, you’ll meet your guide and board our bus. Prior to heading up the scenic Haines byway on our 22 mile drive up the Chilkat Valley to the native village of Klukwan, we’ll explore historic Fort Seward by bus. Fort Seward is one of the first US military bases in Alaska and its picturesque parade grounds and historic buildings offer a unique insight to life in Haines during the early 1900’s.

After a 40 minute scenic drive through the Chilkat Valley and Bald Eagle Preserve, we’ll come to Klukwan, “Eternal Village” of the Chilkat people. The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve hosts some of the largest concentrations of bald eagles in the world, and the drive along the ‘scenic byway’ to Klukwan is a photographer’s dream. Located at the confluence of three rivers, the village of Klukwan has a rich culture and history. For hundreds of years the Chilkat Tlingit have lived off the bounty of this special place and their close connection to the land will be further revealed throughout our visit. Guests will gain intimate exposure to the traditional lifestyle of the Chilkat people as their host walks them through the Traditional Knowledge Camp. This guided walk includes a visit to the traditional Adze Shed where their 37 foot dug-out “Heen Yakgaheiyagoo Yaakw” (Water Spirit Canoe) is stored and a short visit to the traditional smokehouse. Our visit to the Camp culminates in the Tlingit plank style, clan house, “Kaaya Haayi Hit,” with storytelling and interpretation of its totemic artworks. Presenters will share traditional songs and drumming that highlight their cultural heritage.

Our next stop is the, newly opened, state of the art, museum-quality center. The Heritage Center provides access to art treasures that have previously not been available to the public. The Whale House collection, uniquely displayed in its place of origin, allows entrance to the Chilkat’s distinctive ethnic landscape. As guests tour this world class facility, and hear the stories of these people, they will gain appreciation for both the depth and complexity of Tlingit society. Indeed, there is much to see and enjoy in this place, but, visitors often say “one of the best things about Klukwan is the people.” The Heritage Center is situated in a stunningly beautiful location that offers incredible views. From this serene setting your guide will set up spotting scopes to watch for mountain goats on the peaks behind Klukwan, or for eagles feeding on salmon along the river’s edge. Before departing Klukwan for our return journey back towards Haines, we will enjoy a picnic lunch while overlooking the glacially fed waters of the Chilkat River. There will also be time to visit the gift shop, where local native arts and crafts can be purchased.

Once our visit to Klukwan is wrapped up we’ll board our bus for another beautiful drive through the Chilkat Valley and Bald Eagle Preserve back to Haines. Upon our arrival in Haines, we will board the ferry for our return trip to Skagway. The return ferry trip will provide guests the opportunity to relax, enjoy the ride, and reminisce on this uniquely Alaskan experience.

Note: We are able accommodate dietary restrictions with a minimum of 48 hours advanced notice, including gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, allergies, etc.

(~75 minutes)
Your friendly dock representative will meet you near the Skagway Small Boat harbor sign and restrooms. We will provide answers to any questions that you might have about your upcoming excursion and get you ready to board the ferry to Haines. We’ll help you board the comfortable ferry for the 50-minute narrated, scenic journey to Haines.
(~ 60 minutes)
Upon arrival in Haines, restrooms will be available and you’ll meet your guide and driver for a breathtaking interpretive drive by the historic Fort Seward and up the Haines Scenic Byway through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve to the native village of Klukwan.
(~70 minutes)
Upon arriving at Klukwan you will meet your local guides who will lead you through the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center to view the Whale House Collection and other exhibits. Your guide will educate you about the native Tlingit culture through storytelling and interpretation of the native artifacts.
(~40 minutes)
When our time at the Heritage Center wraps up, your guide will walk you through the Traditional Knowledge Camp. Here you’ll see the traditional adze carving shed, a salmon drying smokehouse. Your visit to the Traditional Knowledge Camp culminates at the hand-crafted plank-style clan house for traditional storytelling and drumming.
(~35 minutes)
After your time in the clan house we will head up to hospitality house overlooking the Chilkat River for a picnic style lunch and some free time to use the spotting scopes and visit the native craft gift shop.
(~110 minutes)
Your excursion comes to and end with a leisurely ride back through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve to the small town of Haines and your return trip by ferry to Skagway.
Where will I meet my guide?
Your guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. If you are arriving by cruise ship, your guide will meet you at the end of the pier that your ship docks at. Otherwise the meeting location is the Small Boat Harbor sign. CLICK HERE to see a map detailing these locations in Skagway. Your guide will be holding a sign with the name of your tour.
Who are my guides?
One of our professional naturalist guides will host the tour and narrate the drive from the port in Haines to the village of Klukwan. Once in Klukwan, local villagers with expert personal knowledge of their native culture will share their history and traditions with you.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour, on the ferry during your travel to Haines and on-site at Klukwan.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.
What if I have a food allergy?
Just let us know when you are making your reservation. We have alternative lunch options to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advanced notice at no additional charge

Booking Options

For increased availability and convenience, book through your cruise line today:


Or use our online booking system:

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


Klukwan Native Culture Experience

Klukwan Native Culture Experience

Learn about the fascinating Tlingit people in their mother village. This unique and educational activity takes you through the Chilkat people’s home in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and see their most prized cultural treasures.

Tour Photos

  • Experience Traditional Tlingit song & drumming Experience Traditional Tlingit song & drumming
  • On our way to Klukwan, we drive through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve On our way to Klukwan, we drive through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • State of the art Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center State of the art Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center
  • The Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center on the shore of the Chilkat River The Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center on the shore of the Chilkat River
     

Tour Notes

Port: Haines
Duration: 3 hrs 45 min
Activity Level: Easy
Modes of Travel: Bus, light walking
Min. Age: none
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: None
Food: Picnic style lunch included
Provided Equipment: None
Recommended clothing: Dress in layers for warmth
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: Guests need to be able to get on and off the bus.
Liability Waiver Required
Note: Due to cultural sensitivity there may be some restrictions on photos and video during the visit to Klukwan.

Tour Description

Experience the native culture of the Tlingit people on this unique visit to Klukwan, the mother village of the Tlingit Nation. After meeting up with your guide on the dock in Haines, we’ll load up on a bus, and explore historic Fort Seward in the picturesque village of Haines before starting on our 22 mile drive up the Chilkat Valley to the village of Klukwan.

After a 40 minute scenic drive through the Chilkat Valley and Bald Eagle Preserve, we’ll come to Klukwan, “Eternal Village” of the Chilkat people. The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve hosts some of the largest concentrations of bald eagles in the world, and the drive along the ‘scenic byway’ to Klukwan is a photographer’s dream. Located at the confluence of three rivers, the village of Klukwan has a rich culture and history.

For hundreds of years the Chilkat Tlingit have lived off the bounty of this special place and their close connection to the land will be further revealed throughout our visit. Guests will gain intimate exposure to the traditional lifestyle of the Chilkat people as their host walks them through the Traditional Knowledge Camp. This guided walk includes a visit to the traditional Adze Shed where their 37 foot dug-out “Heen Yakgaheiyagoo Yaakw” (Water Spirit Canoe) is stored and a short visit to the traditional smokehouse. Our visit to the Camp culminates in the Tlingit plank style, clan house, “Kaaya Haayi Hit,” with storytelling and interpretation of its totemic artworks. Presenters will share traditional songs and drumming that highlight their cultural heritage.

Our next stop is the, newly opened, state of the art, museum-quality center. The Heritage Center provides access to art treasures that have previously not been available to the public. The Whale House collection, uniquely displayed in its place of origin, allows entrance to the Chilkat’s distinctive ethnic landscape. As guests tour this world class facility, and hear the stories of these people, they will gain appreciation for both the depth and complexity of Tlingit society. Indeed, there is much to see and enjoy in this place, but, visitors often say “one of the best things about Klukwan is the people.” The Heritage Center is situated in a stunningly beautiful location that offers incredible views. From this serene setting your guide will set up spotting scopes to watch for mountain goats on the peaks behind Klukwan, or for eagles feeding on salmon along the river’s edge.

Before departing Klukwan for our return journey back towards Haines, we will enjoy a picnic lunch while overlooking the glacially fed waters of the Chilkat River. There will also be time to visit the gift shop, where local native arts and crafts can be purchased. Once our visit to Klukwan is wrapped up we’ll board our bus for another beautiful drive through the Chilkat Valley and Bald Eagle Preserve back to Haines.

Note: We are able accommodate dietary restrictions with a minimum of 48 hours advanced notice, including gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, allergies, etc.

(~10 minutes) - Your friendly guides will meet you near the Haines Cruise Ship Dock. Before departing you’ll be able to ask any questions that you might still have about your upcoming excursion use the restrooms before the short drive up the highway.
(~35 minutes) - From here we’ll depart for a breathtaking drive up the Haines Scenic Byway to the native village of Klukwan through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
(~70 minutes) - Upon arriving at Klukwan you’ll meet your local guides who will lead you through the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center to view the Whale House Collection and other exhibits. Your guide will educate you about the native Tlingit culture through storytelling and interpretation of the native artifacts.
(~40 minutes) - When our time at the Heritage Center wraps up, your guide will walk you through the Traditional Knowledge Camp. Here you’ll see the traditional adze carving shed, a salmon drying smokehouse. Your visit to the Traditional Knowledge Camp culminates at the hand-crafted plank-style clan house for traditional storytelling and drumming. (~35 minutes) - After your time in the clan house we will head up to hospitality house overlooking the Chilkat River for a picnic style lunch and some free time to use the spotting scopes and visit the native craft gift shop. (~35 minutes) - Your excursion comes to and end with a leisurely ride back through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve to the small town of Haines.
Where will I meet my guide?
Our guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. You will meet your guide on the Southeast corner of the main cruise ship dock in Portage Cove. CLICK HERE to see a map pointing to this location.
Who are my guides?
One of our professional naturalist guides will host the tour and narrate the drive from the port in Haines to the village of Klukwan. Once in Klukwan, local villagers with expert personal knowledge of their native culture will share their history and traditions with you.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour, on the ferry during your travel to Haines and on-site at Klukwan.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.
What if I have a food allergy?
Just let us know when you are making your reservation. We have alternative snack options available to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advanced notice at no additional charge.

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


Eagle Preserve Float & Klukwan Native Culture Tour

Eagle Preserve Float & Klukwan Native Culture Tour

Experience the remarkable history of the Tlingit people from their Knowledge Camp in the village of Klukwan. Next travel from the Tlingit mother village the way they did - by river. Revel in the beauty that surrounds you in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve as you float down the Chilkat River on this unique tour.

Tour Photos

  • Rafting on the Chilkat River and through the Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting on the Chilkat River and through the Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Drumming and dance at the Tlingit village of Klukwan Drumming and dance at the Tlingit village of Klukwan
  • Bald eagles are often spotted in abundance on the river Bald eagles are often spotted in abundance on the river
  • Knowledgeable guides share their love of the river Knowledgeable guides share their love of the river
     

Tour Notes

Port: Haines
Duration: 5 Hours
Activity Level: Easy
Min. Age: 7 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: 350 lbs.
Food: Picnic style lunch included
Provided Equipment: Life vests, rubber boots, ponchos
Recommended clothing: Layers for warmth, rain gear
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: No expectant mothers past 20 weeks. Guests must be in good health and must be able to walk over loose gravel and dry river delta to board the rafts.
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

Watch for Eagles and Wildlife and experience the native culture of the Tlingit people on this spectacular combination of a river float trip and cultural experience. Leaving the dock, we’ll explore the historic Fort Seward Dock in the picturesque fishing village of Haines on our way up the Highway and into the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. There, you meet your naturalist guides and board heavy-duty 18 foot rafts to float quietly through the heart of the Preserve. The eagle preserve boasts the largest congregation of Bald Eagles in the world. Eagles, bears and wolves all frequent the preserve to feed on the plentiful salmon making their way upstream to their spawning beds. Often moose are spotted crossing the river or feeding in the ponds of the valley.

After the scenic float down the river, we’ll come to the native village of Klukwan the mother village of the Tlingit nation. Located at the confluence of three rivers, this historic village has seen a multitude of generations. For hundreds of years the Tlingits have lived off the bounty of this special place. And still today you will see them fishing and smoking their catch at the river's edge. We’ll unload the rafts and have the opportunity to learn and experience the fascinating cultural history of the Tlingit people. Guests will enjoy a native cultural performance and orientation which includes a visit to a Tlingit long house and a visit to the Adze shed to see totem and canoe carving. You’ll experience the salmon smoke and salmon drying houses.

This is an adventure of a lifetime so bring your family and friends rafting through the world famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve!

Note: We are able accommodate dietary restrictions with a minimum of 48 hours advanced notice, including gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, allergies, etc.

(~15 minutes) - Your friendly tour guides will meet you near the Haines Cruise Ship Dock. Before departing you’ll be able to ask any questions that you might still have about your upcoming excursion use the restrooms before the drive up the highway.
(~35 minutes) - From here we’ll depart for a breathtaking drive up the Haines Scenic Byway through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve to the native village of Klukwan.
(~40 minutes) - Upon arriving at Klukwan you’ll meet your local guides who will lead you through the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center to view the Whale House Collection and other exhibits. Your tour guide will educate you about the native Tlingit culture through storytelling and interpretation of the native artifacts.
(~30 minutes) - When our time at the Heritage Center wraps up, your guide will walk you through the Traditional Knowledge Camp. Here you’ll see the traditional adze carving shed, a salmon drying smokehouse. Your visit to the Traditional Knowledge Camp culminates at the hand-crafted plank-style clan house for traditional storytelling and drumming.
(~25 minutes) - After your time in the clan house we will head to the river where you’ll swap out your shoes for rubber river boots. Your raft guides will provide you with a thorough safety briefing and you’ll don a PFD before boarding our stable 18’ rubber rafts for the float down the river.
(~90 minutes) - You’ll spend the next 90 minutes quietly exploring the scenic Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve by raft.
(~30 minutes) - Upon arrival at our river take-out you’ll be treated to a picnic-style lunch with lemonade, hot cocoa and tea.
(~35 minutes) - A short drive back down the Haines Scenic Byway will bring you back to the quiet town of Haines.
Where will I meet my tour guide?
Our guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. You will meet your guide on the Southeast corner of the main cruise ship dock in Portage Cove. CLICK HERE to see a map pointing to this location.
Who are my tour guides?
One of our professional naturalist guides will host the tour and narrate the drive from the port in Haines to the village of Klukwan. Once in Klukwan, local villagers with expert personal knowledge of their native culture will share their history and traditions with you.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour, on the ferry during your travel to Haines and on-site at Klukwan.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.
What if I have a food allergy?
Just let us know when you are making your reservation. We have alternative lunch options to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advanced notice at no additional charge.

Booking Options

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

Guest Comments


My wife and I enjoyed and experienced the Chikat river of today via a delightful 8-person-raft trip. We saw bald eagles perched along the river as we floated by. The scenery was magnificent. Our group consisted of 16-people, so we were split into two (2) rafts. We were the 2nd raft and it was fun to watch the raft in front of us make its way down the river. The other raft also helped to show a sense of scale when photographing surrounding mountains. Once we arrived at the Klukwan village, it was like stepping back into time. I could feel how it might have been to live in pre-historic times along the bank of the river -- just sunshine, water, trees, wind, a few simple tools, and lodgings. Excellent marriage of present and past!
- Greg

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Haines Scenic Byway and Summit

Haines Scenic Byway and Summit

Go beyond the town of Haines and above tree-line on Haines’ National Scenic Byway. Awe-inspiring views and wide-expanses of alpine tundra follow you into northern Canada as you make your way through the Chilkat Valley and up the Haines Pass. Cameras are a must on this picturesque bus tour.

Tour Photos

  • At the top of the summit, guests enjoy a picnic lunch At the top of the summit, guests enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Alpine tundra of the Haines summit in early summer Alpine tundra of the Haines summit in early summer
  • We'll drive through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve We'll drive through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Photo opportunity upon returning to Alaska from the summit Photo opportunity upon returning to Alaska from the summit
  • Beautiful glacier views looking back towards Alaska Beautiful glacier views looking back towards Alaska
  • The historic Dalton Trail mirrors our route along the scenic byway The historic Dalton Trail mirrors our route along the scenic byway
     

Tour Notes

Port: Haines
Duration: 5 Hours
Activity Level: Easy
Modes of Travel: Bus
Min. Age: 8 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: None
Food: Picnic style lunch included
Provided Equipment: None
Recommended clothing: Dress in layers for warmth
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: Guests need to be able to get on and off the bus.
Liability Waiver Required
Passports required for all guests on this tour.


Tour Description

Passports required for all guests on this tour.

As we depart the dock in Haines on a tour bus, your expert cultural and naturalist guide will welcome you to the town of Haines and its fascinating geography, culture and natural wonders.

First, you will be treated to a narrated driving tour through historic Fort Seward, one of the first US military bases in Alaska. As we drive up the Haines Highway towards Canada, we pass through the world-famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve which boasts the largest gathering of bald eagles in the world. We drive along the National Scenic Byway through the awe-inspiring Chilkat Valley to the heart of the preserve and make a few stops to watch for bald eagles, moose, and other wildlife commonly sighted in the area.

Passing through the Canadian border we gain elevation and travel above tree-line. Towering peaks loom above the highway. There are fantastic views of glaciers, cascading waterfalls, and wide-expanses of alpine tundra. Along the way, we’ll stop for a delicious picnic style lunch with a dramatic mountain backdrop. As we make our way back to Haines, we’ll make several stops to look for wildlife and take photos of the dramatic scenery.

Passports required for all guests on this tour.

(~10 minutes) - Your friendly guides will meet you near the Port Chilkoot Cruise Ship Dock in Haines. Before departing you’ll be able to ask any questions that you might still have about your upcoming excursion and use the restrooms before you embark on your sightseeing adventure up the Haines Scenic Byway.
(~120 minutes) - Your expert guide and driver will lead you on a narrated drive up the Haines Highway (a National Scenic Byway) and through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Along the way there will be stops for photo opportunities and access to restrooms. We will make a brief stop through customs to check your passport and any necessary VISA’s before heading up into the alpine environment of the Haines Pass. Here you’ll be surrounded by towering mountains and dramatic glacier views.
(~45 minutes) - We will also enjoy a picnic-style lunch at the summit or one of many of the picturesque pull-outs along the way depending on the weather conditions.
(~90 minutes) - From the Haines summit we’ll descend the highway and pass through US Customs on our way back into the Chilkat Valley and the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. In the preserve we will make another stop for photos and restrooms will be available here.
(~35 minutes) - Once you’ve had time to take in the views we will re-board the coach and head back to the small town of Haines. Our adventure will wrap up back at our meeting point near the dock which is a short walk from downtown and nearby shops and restaurants.
Where will I meet my guide?
Our guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. You will meet your guide on the Southeast corner of the main cruise ship dock in Portage Cove. CLICK HERE to see a map pointing to this location.
Who are my guides?
One of our professional naturalist guides will host the tour and narrate the drive from the port in Haines to the village of Klukwan. Once in Klukwan, local villagers with expert personal knowledge of their native culture will share their history and traditions with you.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour and non-flushing restrooms are available at various overlooks along the drive.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.
What if I have a food allergy?
Just let us know when you are making your reservation. We have alternative snack options available to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advanced notice at no additional charge.

Booking Options

For increased availability and convenience, book through your cruise line today:


Or use our online booking system:

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

Guest Comments


Very much enjoyed this excursion; guide and driver were local and well informed.
-Dixon

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Haines Highlights

Haines Highlights Bus Tour

Explore the history, culture, and beauty of small town Alaska. Drive through Alaska’s first US military base, visit Alaska’s oldest working cannery, and witness a live flight presentation at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. This photo and family friendly tour is as Alaska as it gets!

Tour Photos

  • A stop a Picture Point for a stunning view of Haines A stop a Picture Point for a stunning view of Haines
  • The Letnikof Cannery - oldest working Cannery in Alaska The Letnikof Cannery - oldest working Cannery in Alaska
  • The American Bald Eagle Foundation - Alaska's Natural History on display The American Bald Eagle Foundation - Alaska's Natural History on display
  • The Foundation hosts Red Tail Hawks & other Birds of Prey The Foundation hosts Red Tail Hawks & other Birds of Prey
  • Bald Eagle at the Foundation waiting for lunch Bald Eagle at the Foundation waiting for lunch
  • Guests are invited to experience a Bald Eagle Feeding Guests are invited to experience a Bald Eagle Feeding
  • Crab pots staged nearby the Cannery Crab pots staged nearby the Cannery
  • Visitors experience the seafood processing area at the Cannery Visitors experience the seafood processing area at the Cannery
     

Tour Notes

Port: Haines
Duration: 3.5 Hours
Activity Level: Easy
Min. Age: 8 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: None
Food: Light snack and water included
Provided Equipment: None
Recommended clothing: Dress in layers for warmth
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: Guests must be able to board the bus.
Liability Waiver Required


Tour Description

Explore the fascinating city of Haines with some intriguing visits to the area’s best attractions. Your knowledgeable guide will meet you at the dock and escort you to the bus.

Climb aboard and begin your exploration of Haines’ Native culture, fascinating history and magnificent mountain and ocean views. First, you will be treated to a narrated driving tour through historic Fort Seward, the first US military base in Alaska. Then, you’ll stop at the American Bald Eagle Foundation’s Raptor Center—an interpretive wildlife education center—to watch a training session with this beautiful bird that is the symbol of America and learn more of the other native wildlife. You will also be treated to a live presentation with one of the Foundation's resident ambassador raptors, and savor a tasty smoked salmon snack. Next you will drive south of town along the Chilkat Peninsula, where glaciers, towering peaks, rivers and the sea all converge in amazing scenery.

You’ll visit the oldest working cannery in Alaska, owned and operated by the Haines Packing Company. The smokehouse was built in 1917 but it is now a state-of-the-art facility complete with pinbone extractors, blast freezers and vacuum packing machines. After the cannery you will be transported back to the cruise ship pier.

Please note: The cannery may or may not be in operation at the time of your tour depending upon season and salmon catch.

(~10 minutes) - Your friendly guides will meet you near the Port Chilkoot Cruise Ship Dock in Haines. Before departing you’ll be able to ask any questions that you might still have about your upcoming excursion and use the restrooms before you embark on your sightseeing adventure up the Haines Scenic Byway.
(~20 minutes) - From our meeting place we will take a driving tour through the Historic Fort Seward on our way south along the Chilkat peninsula to the Haines Packing Company in Letnikof Cove.
(~45 minutes) - At the cannery you’ll be guided through the fish processing facility and explore oldest fish processing cannery in Alaska. You will also have time to explore the nets and the traps on the loading dock or to view some of the local catch if in season.
(~20 minutes) - We’ll depart from the cannery back along the scenic Chilkat peninsula towards Haines and the American Bald Eagle Foundation.
(~105 minutes) - Upon arrival at the American Bald Eagle Foundation you’ll be greeted by the expert bird handlers. You will be guided through the facility that has been training and caring for raptors for over 20 years. During your time at the foundation you will experience a live training session with America’s national bird the Bald Eagle and a live presentation of one of the many other raptors who call the facility home. There are also numerous interpretive displays at this wildlife education center. You will also enjoy a delicious smoked salmon snack here at the foundation.
(~10 minutes) - Once our time at the American Bald Eagle Foundation wraps up we’ll re-board our bus for a short trip back. Our adventure will wrap up at our meeting point near the dock which is a short walk from downtown and nearby shops and restaurants.
Where will I meet my guide?
Our guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. You will meet your guide on the Southeast corner of the main cruise ship dock in Portage Cove. CLICK HERE to see a map pointing to this location.
Who are my guides?
One of our professional naturalist guides will host the tour and narrate the drive from the port in Haines to the village of Klukwan. Once in Klukwan, local villagers with expert personal knowledge of their native culture will share their history and traditions with you.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes - restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour and on-site at the cannery and American Bald Eagle Foundation.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.
What if I have a food allergy?
Just let us know when you are making your reservation. We have alternative snack options available to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advanced notice at no additional charge.

Booking Options

For increased availability and convenience, book through your cruise line today:


Or use our online booking system:

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

Guest Comments


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Rafting the scenic Taiya River