You’ll depart the pier with a native Alaskan guide who will provide commentary and point out sites of interest during your transfer to Sitka's Raptor Hospital for a close-up encounter with Alaska's bald eagles. The Alaska Raptor Center is an educational facility that provides medical treatment to injured bald eagles and then releases them back into the wild. During your visit, the facility's trained staff will escort you through a variety of exhibits containing bald eagles, owls, falcons and other birds of prey. The center presents a rare opportunity to observe these majestic creatures at close range including a bird-on-the hand show and indoor flight center.
Next, enjoy a scenic 7 mile drive along Sitka's rainforest coast to the Fortress of the Bear non-profit sanctuary for orphaned brown bear cubs. Watch resident brown bears as they frolic and play in their 3/4 acre habitats created from a re-used mill site. The brown bears of Baranof Island are genetically unique and the founders here have a passion for saving them. These kings of coastal Southeast Alaska provide a glimpse into the clash between humans and wild bear brethren. You’ll then visit the 112 year old Sitka National Historical Park to enjoy totem-lined forest paths. Make your way to a natural salmon spawning stream in season or learn about edible and medicinal plants and carved history. A beautiful visitor’s center surrounded by both modern and ancient totems offers historical artifacts, modern artistry samples and a video presentation of Sheet'ka's story. Truly delight in this ultimate combo of Sitka's most popular attractions.