Chilkoot Canoe Wildlife Safari

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    Brown bears are common among the wildlife spotted on this tour.
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    Take in the sites as your guide leads you on a 2-hour canoe journey on Chilkoot Lake.
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    Your Canoe is motor-assisted, so no need to worry about your arms holding out!
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    Bring the whole crew! These voyageur canoes and sturdy, designed after the same ones used by the fur trappers who used to call Alaska home.
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    Ready for a new Facebook cover photo? This tour is bound to supply some jaw dropping photos.
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    Don’t fret! Our guides will pick you up right from the cruise docks in Skagway
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    Take some time on this tour to take in the sites that Haines has to offer
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    The Chilkoot Wilderness provides stunning views and a serene landscape for your paddle.
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    Bring your cameras! Wildlife (including brown bears) is common on this tour.
Hop aboard the Chilkoot Canoe Wildlife Safari for a pristine paddle and wildlife viewing experience. With your knowledgeable guide, travel from Skagway to Haines for a breathtaking tour of Chilkoot Lake and the surrounding wilderness. Along the way, tour the historic Fort Seward and scout for wildlife along the Chilkoot River Valley. Keep an eye out for glimpses of the black bears, bald eagles, mountain goats, and spawning salmon that are all common in the area. Have your cameras ready! Once aboard the spacious kayak, you will explore for up to 2 hours of pristine touring. The motor-assisted canoe allows you to speed along the beautiful lake to see all that it has to offer, while also letting you have peaceful moments of paddling along the tour. You'll see stunning waterfalls, salmon spawning streams, inlets, and coves on your journey through the glacial blue water, with plenty of stops to take advantage of the views and get a picture! Once finish the paddling portion of the Chilkoot Canoe Wildlife Safari, head back to Haines for a private picnic on a pristine beach that is sure to satisfy.

What to expect and what not to expect with this Skagway shore excursion

Your wildlife safari starts when you meet your guides on the docks in Skagway, to meet your guides for a 30-minute fast ferry ride from Skagway to Haines. This portion of the tour gives you a unique glimpse at the Lynn Canal, the widest and deepest fjord in all of North America. Wildlife opportunities begin on this portion of the Chilkoot Canoe Wildlife Safari; watch for whales, seals, and eagles. When you arrive in Haines, you will journey over to Chilkoot Lake, including a quick stop at the historic Fort Seward and a drive through Chilkoot River Valley. Keep an eye out the window; this portion of the tour offers great wildlife opportunities.

  • Advanced reservations recommended - limited seating
  • Dock-to-dock transportation
  • 6.5 hours duration
  • Fully narrated by local guides
  • Picnic lunch included
  • Smaller groups & intimate experience

Upon reaching Chilkoot Lake, you will hop in the traditional and spacious motor-assisted canoe for 2 hours of exploration on the lake. Following this, head back to Haines for a picnic lunch on a pristine private beach. Then, hop back on the same ferry that previously brought you from Skagway to Haines, for your return right to the cruise ship docks.

Looking for more wildlife opportunities? Heading to Ketchikan? You should take a glimpse at the exciting Neets Bay Bear Watch & Flightseeing, a great opportunity to see brown bears and the inside passage from above!

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.


  • Minimum Age: The minimum age to participate on this Skagway shore excursion is 8 years old.
  • Accessibility: Guests must weigh under 300lbs. Participants should be confident getting in and out of a canoe, sitting in a canoe for 2 hours, and paddling off and on for 2 hours.
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty. Including 'Flex Cancel' allows cancellations and refunds up to 24-hours before the tour. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with Flex Cancel) are nonrefundable.
  • What to Wear: Alaskan weather can be variable, so it's recommended to plan accordingly. Dress in layers so that you can take off an extra layer when the sun is out or throw on a rain jacket if there is a drizzle.
For availability and timing, complete the information on the sidebar
  • Participant Rate: $182.00
  • + 5% sales tax
    There is no price distinction between adults and children for this tour.
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:Is transportation included? Where is the meeting location for this tour?
Transportation to and from Haines is included in this tour. You will meet your guides at your cruise docks. You will receive a confirmation email and voucher with complete instructions upon booking. Please be sure to provide accurate cruise informaiton for pick-up purposes.
Q:Is this excursion suitable for guests of all ages?
This tour has a minimum age requirement of 8 years of age.
Q:What times are the departures?
The departure times for all of our excursions vary by the day. Complete the information on the sidebar for the most up-to-date availability.
Q:What if our cruise ship is late?
Though this is extremely rare, we will work with you to try to accommodate you on a later time if your ship is late. If necessary, we always issue full refunds if your cruise ship prevents you from making it to the tour on time.
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