Start your adventure at the Great Alaska Lumberjack Show. Here, hardy lumberjacks bring to life Alaska’s colorful forest history with an action packed competition in the partially covered and heated outdoor arena. Cheer on your team of world champion lumberjacks in events such as chopping, sawing, tree climbing and more. Next, board your coach for a narrated scenic drive to Herring Cove. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a naturalist who will guide you along improved trails into the dense forest, for a chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat. The sanctuary borders the Tongass National Forest. Stroll through tall stands of hemlock, spruce and Alaska cedar, stopping at viewing areas to photograph this natural wonderland.
The forest trail leads to an elevated boardwalk overlooking Eagle Creek where, during spawning season, salmon runs attract eagles, bears, seals and shorebirds. Bears and seals feed on the salmon while eagles and other birds wait for the scraps. Seasonal changes in the ecosystem result in varying levels of animal sightings. Next, watch a master Native carver at work on totem poles, walk through the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill and photograph bald eagles up close at the Alaska Raptor Center exhibit. Browse through the general store and enjoy a snack before returning to your cruise ship pier.