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Totem Bight State Park & Canoe Adventure
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After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a brief but scenic drive up the coast to Totem Bight State Historical Park, where you will become immersed in the culture of the Tlingit and Haida Indians of Southeast Alaska. Starting in the 1940s, they constructed a model village here in the rainforest to accurately present their customs and family life to visitors.
As you wander through the village, you will see colorful, hand-carved totem poles and a large clan house similar to ones built in the early 19th century. These houses were the living quarters for several families of the same lineage. Personal effects were typically stored under removable floorboards, while food was hung from the rafters.
The village offers a fascinating insight into the culture of the indigenous people, as will your experience on nearby Lake Harriet Hunt. Here, you will board a 37-foot canoe patterned after the ones that the Tlingit and Haida built. The lake provides a beautiful setting for your paddling adventure because the dense forest comes to the edge of the water.
In time, you will disembark for a traditional Alaskan snack of smoked salmon. Then, you will have the opportunity to walk through an old-growth forest while your guide points out the most interesting flora and perhaps fauna. Afterwards, you will return to Ketchikan.
Need to Know:
Note: : This tour is not recommended for women in their third trimester of pregnancy. Participants must be able to climb in/out of a canoe and paddle for approximately 30 minutes. Warm clothing; gloves and an extra pair of socks are recommended. While ponchos are provided, it is further suggested that guests bring their own rain gear as well. There is a minimum weight requirement of 40 lbs. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian and children ages 13 – 17 must have a signed parental consent form in order to take part in the tour.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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