Naturalists take you to the sheltered valley of the Chilkoot River, for centuries a favorite fishing site for the Tlingit people and brown bears. As the sun slowly sets, bear families descend on the river, leaving the cover of the forest to forage along the grassy banks. From the protection of your bus, witness the food chain in action as thousands of salmon swim past the hungry bruins splashing and feeding in the water. Spotting scopes bring the action up close, as bald eagles, gulls, ravens, and ducks hover over the spawning fish. Discover the connection between the fish, bears, and the spruce trees lining the river. Following this foray into the wild Alaska night, guides share stories of life in a quaint Alaska fishing village while driving back through down town Haines and historic Fort Seward. This unique bear viewing opportunity has limited capacity.
Although wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, bears are seen on 99% of in-season departures. Current wildlife sighting updates are available through the Shore Excursions Office on board.