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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.

Chilkoot Canoe Wildlife Safari Tour

Chilkoot Canoe Wildlife Safari Tour

Travel to Haines to paddle and motor on the gorgeous Chilkoot Lake and be amazed at Alaska’s striking beauty. Relax, take photos, and search for wildlife in the inlets and coves on this magnificent canoe adventure.

Tour Photos

  • Both paddling & motoring offer great options to explore the lake Both paddling & motoring offer great options to explore the lake
  • Great photo opportunities -  mountains, waterfalls & wildlife Great photo opportunities - mountains, waterfalls & wildlife
  • Explore the turqoise blue waters of Chilkoot Lake Explore the turqoise blue waters of Chilkoot Lake
  • Excellent Bear viewing on the Chilkoot River Excellent Bear viewing on the Chilkoot River
  • Get out into the Alaska wilderness Get out into the Alaska wilderness
  • Fun for the whole family! Fun for the whole family!
     

Tour Notes

Port: Skagway
Duration: 6.5 Hours
Activity Level: Moderate
Min. Age: 8 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: 300 lbs.
Food: Picnic style lunch included.
Provided Equipment: Life vests, rubber boots, ponchos, paddles
Recommended clothing: Layers for warmth, rain gear
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: This is a physical activity and it is the guest's responsibility to determine that they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity.
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

After meeting your tour representative in Skagway, you'll board a high speed catamaran for a 45 minute boat ride to the town of Haines. Upon arrival into Haines, we'll take a short tour of Fort Seward, a 30 minute drive from downtown Haines and then head up the Lutak Inlet to the Chilkoot River Valley. The Chilkoot corridor offers incredible wildlife viewing.  Brown Bears, eagles, mountain goats, and spawning salmon are commons sights. Our guides are expert naturalists and enjoy sharing their love and knowledge of the Alaskan wilderness.

Once at the Lake, we’ll head out onto Chilkoot Lake in stable motor assisted Voyageur Canoes. Our Canoes are built using similar dimensions as the canoes used by trappers and gold miners at the turn of the century. Powered by either paddle or motor, this tour offers guests the opportunity to paddle in the serenity of Chilkoot Lake, while also having the advantage of relaxing and taking photographs when it’s time to take a break from paddling. We’ll be out on the water for about 2 hours and explore the inlets, coves, salmon spawning streams and numerous waterfalls that spill off of the mountains into the lake. 

After enjoying the beautiful views on the lake, we’ll return to Haines and serve a picnic-style lunch at a private ocean beach location. Following lunch, we'll load up back onto the fast ferry for the return trip to Skagway.

(~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. From here we’ll depart for an interpretive drive through historic Fort Seward and continue to Chilkoot Lake. Along the way, we’ll drive along the shoreline of the Lynn Fjord and the wildlife-rich Chilkoot River.
(~15 minutes)
When we arrive at Chilkoot Lake you’ll have the opportunity to meet your other guides and take in the stunning views of the pristine lake. Your guides will help you get fit with a PFD (life jacket), rubber boots and canoe paddle. You’ll then receive a thorough safety briefing and orientation before boarding the 31’ long voyageur canoe for your adventure.
(~90 minutes) –
We’ll spend the next hour and a half experiencing Chilkoot Lake while our stable voyageur canoes. It is an excellent way to take in the fantastic views by water and if the wind picks up or you’re ready to relax, we will use the quiet 4-stroke motor to move around.
(~15 minutes) –
Once back at the put-in we’ll trade your rubber boots and PFD’s back in for your shoes and you’ll have time to enjoy our private deck and spotting scopes to take in the views of the lake and surrounding mountains and waterfalls one more time.
(~40 minutes)
We’ll then board our transportation and head down to the ocean for lunch.
(~30 minutes)
At our private ocean side picnic area, you’ll enjoy a picnic-style lunch provides great views of the Lynn Fjord in a private setting.
(~50 minutes)
Once we wrap up with lunch we’ll head over to the ferry dock where you’ll have the opportunity to use the restrooms and take additional photos of Haines before enjoying the scenic ride back up the fjord to Skagway.
(~15 minutes)
Upon returning to Skagway, a short walk will bring you back to our original meeting point, just a few minutes’ walk or shuttle to downtown Skagway and all three cruise ship docks.
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 you tour.
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 for your tour, on the ferry during your travel to Haines and non-flushing restrooms at the start/finish of your paddle or float.
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 much will I paddle?
Everyone in the canoe will be provided with a paddle. Paddling is optional and each boat is equipped with a quiet 4-stroke outboard motor so if the wind picks up or you need a rest you can sit back and let your guide and motor do the work.
What kind of wildlife will I see?
Though wildlife can never be guaranteed, bald eagles, moose, all five types of Pacific salmon, brown and black bears frequent the area. Wildlife sightings depend on the time of the year and area within Haines where the excursion takes place. Your guides will choose the best locations to help you maximize your wildlife viewing opportunity.

Booking Options

Use our online booking system:

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


Inside Passage Kayaking Tour

Inside Passage Sea Kayaking Tour

Paddle with knowledgeable tour guides just outside of Haines, Alaska along the longest and deepest Fjord in North America. Experience beautiful views and enjoy opportunities to see marine wildlife from your tandem kayak.

Tour Photos

  • Paddle tandem kayaks just outside of Haines, AK Paddle tandem kayaks just outside of Haines, AK
  • Returning after a fun paddle along the beach of the fjord Returning after a fun paddle along the beach of the fjord
  • Incredibly scenery and potential for marine wildlife sightings Incredibly scenery and potential for marine wildlife sightings
  • Guide admires the reflection on a calm day in May Guide admires the reflection on a calm day in May
  • We'll stop off at a remote beach to admire the views & wildflowers We'll stop off at a remote beach to admire the views & wildflowers
  • Guests paddle stable tandem sea kayaks Guests paddle stable tandem sea kayaks
     

Tour Notes

Port: Haines
Duration: 4 hours
Activity Level: Moderate.
Modes of Travel: Walking, kayak
Min. Age: 8 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: 300 lbs.*
*Guests over 6'6" or 275 lbs. may not fit comfortably inside the kayaks.
Food: Picnic style lunch included.
Provided Equipment: Tandem kayak, paddle, spray skirt, life jacket, rubber boots.
Recommended clothing: Rain gear and dress in layers for warmth.
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: This is a physical activity and it is the guest's responsibility to determine that they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity. Any pertinent medical conditions must be disclosed to the tour guides.
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

Upon arrival to Haines you will be greeted by your professional kayak guide for the ocean kayak trip of a lifetime. Your 2 person kayaks will be set up on the beach & will be a short 5-minute walk from the ferry pier. We’ll choose from a variety of beautiful ocean paddles depending on sea conditions and weather.

Your tour guides will outfit you with a PFD (personal flotation device), spray skirt & ponchos if needed. After a safety briefing and equipment introduction/fitting, you are off and paddling.

You will be on the water for about 2 hours. We have seen eagles, sea lions, seals, Dall porpoise, humpback whales or other marine wildlife along our way. Your guide is an expert naturalist and will share their extensive knowledge about the fjord, marine wildlife and local geography. We will likely stop off at a remote beach to stretch your legs and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Southeast Alaska. Once off the water, stay on the beach to enjoy a waterside picnic-style lunch.

In an instance where ocean conditions aren’t suitable, we’ll head to our backup location on Chilkoot Lake which is a 30-minute van ride along the Chilkoot River. This backup location is surrounded by mountains with alpine waterfalls and salmon spawning beds.

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

(~ 20 minutes) – Your friendly tour 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 a short walk to the adjacent beach where your 2-person kayaks will be waiting (1/3 km).
(~ 20 minutes) – Your tour guides will help you get fitted with a PFD (personal floatation device), spray skirt and paddle. You’ll then receive a thorough safety briefing and become familiar with your kayak and equipment before boarding your stable 2-person kayak
(~ 120-180 minutes) – We will spend the next 2-3 hours paddling on the ocean depending on the conditions and group preferences.
(~ 30 minutes) – Back at our private oceanside picnic area, you’ll enjoy a picnic-style lunch provides great views of the Lynn Fjord in a private setting.
(~ 10 minutes ) – Once we wrap up with lunch we’ll take the short walk back over to our meeting point near the dock which is a short walk from downtown and nearby shops and restaurants.
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 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 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.
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 food allergies or dietary restrictions?
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.
Is there a charge for infants (0-18 months)?
No, infants are not allowed. The minimum age to participate in tour is 8 years old.
Can I book this tour from Skagway?
Yes. Simply click on the "Skagway Tours" tab to check for availability. Tours booked from Skagway include the cost of a ferry ticket to and from Skagway.

Booking Options

Use our online booking system:

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

Guest Comments:

Hello! Just took a tour last week with your company. My daughters and I did a shore excursion to Haines, AK from our cruise ship. Our guide was Farid and I just wanted to let you all know that he was fantastic. We had the best time and took home family memories we will never forget.
- Deb, Jessica & Diana C.

This experience was just wonderful! Paul gave very informative information about the geology and bird and animal life in the area. Kylie and the other guide were very helpful in getting the safety gear on and operating the kayaks. Excellent pace and quantity of information along with time and quietness to enjoy nature. Ronnie added 'local living' information and gave a great tour or the town. Questions were encouraged and thoroughly answered. Very personable and genuine interest by all!
- Beverly C.

*Price is per adult in USD, taxes not included. See tour details for child pricing and further details.


Inside Passage Kayaking Tour

Inside Passage Sea Kayaking Tour

Journey from Skagway and paddle with knowledgeable tour guides just outside of Haines, Alaska along the longest and deepest Fjord in North America. Experience beautiful views and enjoy opportunities to see marine wildlife from your tandem kayak on this half day excursion.

Tour Photos

  • Paddle tandem kayaks just outside of Haines, AK Paddle tandem kayaks just outside of Haines, AK
  • Returning after a fun paddle along the beach of the fjord Returning after a fun paddle along the beach of the fjord
  • Incredibly scenery and potential for marine wildlife sightings Incredibly scenery and potential for marine wildlife sightings
  • Guide admires the reflection on a calm day in May Guide admires the reflection on a calm day in May
  • We'll stop off at a remote beach to admire the views & wildflowers We'll stop off at a remote beach to admire the views & wildflowers
  • Guests paddle stable tandem sea kayaks Guests paddle stable tandem sea kayaks
     

Tour Notes

Port: Skagway
Duration: 6.5 hours
Activity Level: Moderate.
Modes of Travel: Fast Ferry, walking, kayak
Min. Age: 8 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: 300 lbs.*
*Guests over 6'6" or 275 lbs. may not fit comfortably inside the kayaks.
Food: Picnic style lunch included.
Provided Equipment: Tandem kayak, paddle, spray skirt, PFD, rubber boots.
Recommended clothing: Rain gear and dress in layers for warmth.
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: This is a physical activity and it is the guest's responsibility to determine that they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity. Any pertinent medical conditions must be disclosed to the guides.
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

This tour starts in Skagway, AK, where you will board the Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry. It is a scenic and narrated 45-minute ferry ride over to Haines, AK. Upon arrival to Haines you will be greeted by your professional kayak guide for the ocean kayak excursion of a lifetime.

Your 2 person kayaks will be set up on the beach & will be short 5-minute walk from the ferry pier. We’ll choose from a variety of beautiful ocean paddles depending on sea conditions and weather on the day of the tour.

Your tour guides will outfit you with a PFD (personal flotation device), spray skirt & ponchos, if needed. After a safety briefing and equipment introduction/fitting, you are off and paddling.

You will be on the water for about 2 hours. We have seen eagles, sea lions, seals, dall porpoise, humpback whales or other marine wildlife along our way. Your tour guide is an expert naturalist and will share their extensive knowledge about the fjord, marine wildlife and local geography. We will likely stop off at a remote beach midway through the excursion to stretch your legs and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Southeast Alaska. Once off the water, stay on the beach to enjoy a waterside picnic-style lunch. (Allergies & meal preferences can be accommodated).

In an instance where ocean conditions aren’t suitable we’ll head to our backup tour location on Chilkoot Lake which is a 30-minute van ride along the Chilkoot River. This backup location is surrounded by mountains with alpine waterfalls and salmon spawning beds and offers an exceptional alternate excursion.

(~ 75 minutes)
Your friendly tour 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.
(~ 20 minutes)
Upon arrival in Haines, restrooms will be available before a short walk to the adjacent beach where your 2-person kayaks will be waiting (1/3 km)
(~ 20 minutes)
Your guides will help you get fit with a PFD (life jacket), spray skirt and paddle at the onset of the tour. You’ll then receive a thorough safety briefing and become familiar with your kayak and equipment before boarding your stable 2-person kayak.
(~ 120-180 minutes)
We will spend the next 2-3 hours paddling on the ocean depending on the conditions and group preferences.
(~ 30 minutes)
Back at our private ocean side picnic area, you’ll enjoy a picnic-style lunch provides great views of the Lynn Fjord in a private setting.
(~55 minutes)
Once we wrap up with lunch we’ll head over to the ferry dock where you’ll have the opportunity to use the restrooms and take additional photos of Haines before enjoying the scenic ride back up the fjord to Skagway.
(~15 minutes)
After completion of the excursion, and upon returning to Skagway, a short walk will bring you back to our original meeting point, just a few minutes’ walk or shuttle to downtown Skagway and all three cruise ship docks
.
Where will I meet my tour guide?
Your tour 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 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 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, on the ferry during your travel to Haines and on the dock once you arrive in Haines.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our excursions 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 food allergies or dietary restrictions?
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 on all of our tours.
Is there a charge for infants (0-18 months)?
No, infants are not allowed. The minimum age to participate in tour is 8 years old.

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

Guest Comments:

Hello! Just took a tour last week with your company. My daughters and I did a shore excursion to Haines, AK from our cruise ship. Our guide was Farid and I just wanted to let you all know that he was fantastic. We had the best time and took home family memories we will never forget.
- Deb, Jessica & Diana C.

This experience was just wonderful! Paul gave very informative information about the geology and bird and animal life in the area. Kylie and the other guide were very helpful in getting the safety gear on and operating the kayaks. Excellent pace and quantity of information along with time and quietness to enjoy nature. Ronnie added 'local living' information and gave a great tour or the town. Questions were encouraged and thoroughly answered. Very personable and genuine interest by all!
- Beverly C.

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Scenic River Float Tour

Scenic River Float Tour

Combine sightseeing and rafting on this intimate, small group excursion into the Alaskan wilderness and through its Gold Rush history. A great historic sightseeing tour with a wilderness experience.

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Tour Notes

Port: Skagway
Duration: 2.25 Hours
Activity Level: Easy
Min. Age: 7 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: 300 lbs.
Food: Hot drinks, cookie, water
Provided Equipment: Rubber boots, ponchos
Recommended clothing: Layers for warmth, rain gear
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions:
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

After meeting your experienced raft guide at the pier in Skagway, we’ll enjoy a beautiful 10-mile drive along the rugged coast of the fjord to the Dyea valley, an old Gold Rush settlement, and starting point of the historic Chilkoot Trail, now returned to nature. During the drive, we may spot bald eagles or seals feeding near the shoreline. We’ll stop to see the start of the Chilkoot Trail, where thousands journeyed in pursuit of gold during the turn of the century.

Once we arrive at the rafting portion of the tour, your professionally trained river guide will outfit you with a life jacket and rubber boats. As you float down the gentle Taiya River, your guide will point out any wildlife, talk about the local natural history, and tell stories of the area’s fascinating Gold Rush history while you enjoy the gorgeous river and mountain views. Once at the take out, you’ll enjoy a riverside snack after the float.

This tour to Dyea is a peaceful getaway from bustling Skagway and a perfect opportunity to feel part of the great Alaskan outdoors.

(~10 minutes) - Your friendly tour 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.
(~30 minutes) - From the small boat harbor we’ll board a van and begin the tour with a drive out to 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.
(~15 minutes) - Once we arrive in Dyea, your excursion guide will get you outfitted with a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) and rubber boots and provide an orientation and 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, following the rafting portion of the tour, 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.
(~30 minutes) - From here we’ll load back into the van to enjoy the comfortable ride back to Skagway stopping for photo stops along the way.
Where will I meet my tour guide?
Your tour 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 tour guide will be holding a sign that says "Skagway and Haines Excursions".
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 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.
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 and on our excursions. 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 tour?
No – there will be no whitewater or rapids on the float.

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

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Summit Lake Canoe Adventure

Summit Lake Canoe Adventure

Feel the seclusion and beauty on this North Country wilderness canoe tour on Summit Lake in British Columbia. This excursion paddles or motors through virtually untouched alpine landscapes and the grandeur of towering glaciated peaks of White Pass.

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  • Navigating the waters of Summit Lake with the motor assisted canoe Navigating the waters of Summit Lake with the motor assisted canoe
  • We'll explore the granite bluffs and hidden coves of Summit Lake We'll explore the granite bluffs and hidden coves of Summit Lake
  • A short trail winds down through the alpine terrain to our launch area A short trail winds down through the alpine terrain to our launch area
  • The tent offers a place to swap out shoes for rubber boots The tent offers a place to swap out shoes for rubber boots
  • The group prepares for some paddling along Summit Lake The group prepares for some paddling along Summit Lake
  • Exploring one of the narrow inlets surrounded by granite. Exploring one of the narrow inlets surrounded by granite.
  • Paddling south along Summit Lake. Paddling south along Summit Lake.
     

Tour Notes

Port: Skagway
Duration: 4.5 Hours
Activity Level: Moderate
Min. Age: 8 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: 300 lbs.
Food: Light snack, water and hot chocolate.
Provided Equipment: Canoe, paddles, ponchos, rubber boots
Recommended clothing: Layers for warmth, rain gear, extra pair of socks.
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: This is a physical activity and it is the guest's responsibility to determine that they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity.
Liability Waiver Required
Passports are required for all participants.

Tour Description

Passports are required for all participants

Departing the dock in Skagway, guests on this tour will enjoy a town tour of historic Skagway on our way towards the Canadian border. It is about a 40 minute drive from Skagway to the shores of Summit Lake. Along the way, we'll enjoy spectacular views of the Denver Glacier, the White Pass and the numerous snow-capped peaks. We'll check in with the Canadian customs before arriving at the lake.

Once the groups arrives at Summit Lake, we'll take a short walk along a winding trail through rocky, alpine terrain, to where your large, motor assisted 12 person voyageur canoes are waiting along the shore. These large 12 person tour canoes are similar to the ones used by trappers and prospectors during the gold rush era. You'll be outfitted with life jackets, boots, and ponchos (if needed). After a short safety talk and paddling instruction, we'll launch out onto the water to explore the alpine lake.

The rocky glaciated landscape of coves and islets make for stunning paddling in a pristine setting. Snow-capped glaciated peaks surround the narrow, intricate waterway of Summit Lake. If guests are feeling tired, or the winds pick up, we have a small outboard motor on the canoes to assist us on this tour. We'll explore narrow channels and have the chance to walk around to explore secluded shores of the lake. After a short break, we'll board the large canoes explore more of the aquamarine colored waters of Summit Lake. After about 1.5 hours on the water, we'll return to our bus and back to Skagway to finish off the excursion.

Passports are required for all participants
(~10 minutes) Your friendly tour 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.
(~60 minutes) We’ll depart from our meeting point by van for an interpretive driving tour of historic downtown Skagway on our way up the Klondike Highway and the White Pass to Summit Lake. Along the way to Summit Lake we’ll make a brief stop at Canadian Customs. (passports and appropriate VISA’s will be verified here)
(~10 minutes) Once we arrive at our parking area of the canoe excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to use the restroom before we make the short hike downhill to our canoe staging area on the lake.
(~10 minutes) At the staging area your tour guides will assist you with getting fitted with rubber boots a PFD and rain gear if necessary.
(~10 minutes) Your guides will then provide a thorough orientation, paddling instruction and safety briefing as we prepare to head out on the water.
(~90 minutes) We’ll spend the next hour and a half exploring the alpine environment surrounding Summit Lake by voyageur canoe.
(~25 minutes) Once back at the put-in we’ll trade your rubber boots and PFD’s back in for your shoes and you’ll have time to enjoy a smoked salmon snack and some hot cocoa on the sandy beach.
(~10 minutes) We’ll hike back up the trail to our transportation.
(~55 minutes) From the parking area we’ll head back toward Skagway. Along the way we’ll make a photo stop at the “Welcome to Alaska” sign on the White Pass summit followed by a brief stop at US customs. The scenic drive back down the Klondike Highway transitions back from the alpine environment to lush rainforest and the gold rush town of Skagway.
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 with the name of your 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 canoe 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 on-site.
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 excursion for the day.
How much will I paddle?
Everyone in the canoe will be provided with a paddle during the tour. Paddling is optional and each boat is equipped with a quiet 4-stroke outboard motor so if the wind picks up or you need a rest you can sit back and let your guide and motor do the work.

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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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Chilkoot Canoe Wildlife Safari

Chilkoot Canoe Wildlife Safari

Paddle and motor on the gorgeous Chilkoot Lake and be amazed at Alaska’s striking beauty. Relax, take photos, and search for wildlife in the inlets and coves on this magnificent canoe adventure.

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  • Both paddling & motoring offer great options to explore the lake Both paddling & motoring offer great options to explore the lake
  • Great photo opportunities -  mountains, waterfalls & wildlife Great photo opportunities - mountains, waterfalls & wildlife
  • Explore the turqoise blue waters of Chilkoot Lake Explore the turqoise blue waters of Chilkoot Lake
  • Excellent Bear viewing on the Chilkoot River Excellent Bear viewing on the Chilkoot River
  • Get out into the Alaska wilderness Get out into the Alaska wilderness
  • Fun for the whole family! Fun for the whole family!
     

Tour Notes

Port: Haines
Duration: 4 Hours
Activity Level: Moderate
Min. Age: 8 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: 300 lbs.
Food: Picnic style lunch included.
Provided Equipment: Life vests, rubber boots, ponchos, paddles
Recommended clothing: Layers for warmth, rain gear
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: This is a physical activity and it is the guest's responsibility to determine that they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity.
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

After a short tour of Fort Seward, a 30 minute drive from downtown Haines, leads us up the Lutak Inlet to the Chilkoot River Valley. The Chilkoot corridor offers incredible wildlife viewing.  Brown Bears, eagles, mountain goats, and spawning salmon are commons sights.   Our guides are expert naturalists and enjoy sharing their love and knowledge of the Alaskan wilderness

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Once at the lake, we’ll head out onto Chilkoot Lake in stable motor assisted Voyageur Canoes.  Our Canoes are built using similar dimensions as the canoes used by trappers and gold miners at the turn of the century.  Powered by either paddle or motor, this tour offers guests the opportunity to paddle in the serenity of Chilkoot Lake, while also having the advantage of relaxing and taking photographs when it’s time to take a break from paddling. We’ll be out on the water for about 2 hours and explore the inlets, coves, salmon spawning streams and numerous waterfalls that spill off of the mountains into the lake. 

After enjoying the beautiful views on the lake, we’ll return to Haines and serve a picnic-style lunch at a private ocean beach location at the end of the trip.

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

(~50 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 an interpretive drive through historic Fort Seward and continue to Chilkoot Lake. Along the way, we’ll drive along the breathtaking shoreline of the Lynn Fjord and the wildlife-rich Chilkoot River.
(~15 minutes) – When we arrive at Chilkoot Lake you’ll have the opportunity to meet your other guides and take in the stunning views of the pristine lake. Your guides will help you get fit with a PFD (life jacket), rubber boots and canoe paddle. You’ll then receive a thorough safety briefing and orientation before boarding the 31’ long voyageur canoe for your adventure.
(~90 minutes) – We’ll spend the next hour and a half experiencing Chilkoot Lake while our stable voyageur canoes. It is an excellent way to take in the fantastic views by water and if the wind picks up or you’re ready to relax, we will use the quiet 4-stroke motor to move around.
(~15 minutes) – Once back at the put-in we’ll trade your rubber boots and PFD’s back in for your shoes and you’ll have time to enjoy our private deck and spotting scopes to take in the views of the lake and surrounding mountains and waterfalls one more time.
(~35 minutes) – We’ll then board our transportation and head down to the ocean for lunch.
(~25 minutes) – At our private ocean side picnic area, you’ll enjoy a picnic-style lunch provides great views of the Lynn Fjord in a private setting.
(~10 minutes) – Once we wrap up with lunch, a brief trip will bring us back to 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?
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 for your tour and a non-flushing “outhouse” style restroom on-site.
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 much will I paddle?
Everyone in the canoe will be provided with a paddle. Paddling is optional and each boat is equipped with a quiet 4-stroke outboard motor so if the wind picks up or you need a rest you can sit back and let your guide and motor do the work.
What kind of wildlife will I see?
Though wildlife can never be guaranteed, bald eagles, moose, all five types of Pacific salmon, brown and black bears frequent the area. Wildlife sightings depend on the time of the year and area within Haines where the excursion takes place. Your guides will choose the best locations to help you maximize your wildlife viewing opportunity.

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.