Wildlife Safari & Bear Viewing

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    This tour will take you to the picturesque port town of Haines for your bear viewing experience.
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    Bears aren’t the only animals that are often spotted on this tour, eagles are also commonly spotted.
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    Your naturalist guides have a sharp eye, and will be ready to point out any bear signs they see along the way.
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    Keep a sharp eye on the trees. Despite their size, bears aren’t always easy to spot.
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    Your journey along the Chilkoot River is prime territory for seeing all kinds of wildlife.
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    With the large salmon runs that come through each year, bears love to call the Chilkoot River home.
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    Breathtaking views are sure to delight the crowd, so even when there are no bears in sight, you still have something to see.
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    Have those cameras ready! The Chilkoot River corridor is home to numerous brown bears, along with other Alaskan wildlife.
Get away from the crowds and into the wilderness on one of the best Skagway day tours for seeing true Alaskan wildlife! The Wildlife Safari & Bear Viewing Tour takes you through Haines, AK to the Chilkoot River Corridor for pristine wildlife opportunities surrounded by beautiful jagged peaks. A true Alaskan experience, travel with your guide through the Chilkoot Valley while they provide a thorough narrative of the plant life, geology, and abundant wildlife that make this area so special. Don't forget your cameras, you are sure to see some delights along this journey!

If you are docking in Haines rather than Skagway, please contact us for Haines pricing.

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

When you begin your search for bears on this Skagway day tour, be prepared for the beauty to start immediately! On your Fast Ferry ride from Skagway to Haines, you will be greeted by looming glacier-carved peaks, and perhaps even some marine wildlife. Once arriving in Haines, the Wildlife Safari & Bear Viewing experience will detour for a minute from natural delights, to show you the historic Fort Seward, Alaska's first military base. From here, you will start your journey into the Chilkoot Valley, following along the Lynn Canal where you can watch for seals, sea lions, porpoises, and even whales!

  • Dock-to-dock transportation
  • 6.5 hours duration
  • Fully narrated by local guides
  • Picnic lunch included
  • Amazing wildlife opportunities

Once you reach the Chilkoot River, the excitement really begins. This river is home to a massive amount of spawning salmon, which makes it ideal for hungry bears looking for a meal. The Wildlife Safari & Bear Viewing experience gets its name from this portion of the tour, where you will find brown bears, mountain goats, eagles, river otters, and an abundance of migrating birds to delight. After getting your fill of beautiful wildlife, you will head back to the shoreline to fill your bellies with a picnic on a private beach. Finally, head to the Chilkat River to glimpse all 5 species of wild Pacific salmon (and possibly a few more bears!) before heading back to Haines for your return journey to Skagway.

Looking for more wild bears? Heading to Juneau? You should take a glimpse at the exclusive Admiralty Island Fortress of the Bear Kayak, the best opportunity to see brown bears in Southeast Alaska!

Please Note: This tour does not begin operation until July 15th to maximize your potential to see bears.

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.


  • Minimum Age: All ages are welcome on this Skagway Excursion
  • Accessibility: There are no minimum fitness requirements for this tour, however guests need to be able to get in and out of the van & walk on uneven surfaces.
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we will issue a refund. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure are non-refundable.
  • 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
  • Adult Rate: $194
  • Child Rate: $144 (ages 2-12)
  • Infant Rate: Free (under 2-years-old)
  • + 5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:Is transportation included? Where is the meeting location for this tour?
Round-trip transportation is included with this trip right from the docks in Skagway. You will receive a confirmation email and voucher with complete instructions upon booking. Please provide accurate cruise information for pick-up purposes.
Q:Is this excursion suitable for guests of all ages?
All ages are welcome to participate in this tour.
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:Am I guaranteed to see bears?
Because this is wild Alaska, we cannot guarantee any wildlife sightings, including bears. However, this tour operates during salmon spawning season, to maximize your opportunity to see bears.
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