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Ketchikan Trolley: Wildlife, Totems & City Tour

Step back in time and settle in onboard our Authentic Cable Car Style Trolley. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this bustling fishing and logging community, once known as the Salmon Capital of the World.

Sit back and relax in the San Francisco inspired cable car, as you pass by flowers in bloom at City Park, the Salmon Ladder, and Creek Street. Get a glimpse of the old red-light district and wooden boardwalks. Learn about the legends and stories of bootleggers, brothels, and dance halls.

Next, you will venture nine miles north to the beautiful Herring Cove, where you can take advantage of your own dedicated viewing platform that overlooks the peaceful scenery away from all the activity of the city center. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, seals, heron can be spotted in the area. There is even a possibility of a bear sighting, as they come to feast on spawning salmon.

Then it's on to the Totem Park of Saxman Native Village, where an extensive collection of Totem Poles and stories behind the native culture await you. Take a stroll through the park to learn the stories of these grand historical creations. Learn about the traditional tools, paints, and techniques of totem pole carving as you watch carvers perform their craft at the carving shed.

Next stop is back to town, your guide concludes the tour at either Creek Street where you can stroll the boardwalk with its many shops or be dropped off in the downtown area, just minutes from the pier.

Duration: 2.25 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)


  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship terminal
  • Fully narrated tour with a public address system onboard
  • Park entry fees are included
  • Umbrellas are available to use as needed for tour duration


  • Dress in warm layers, wear comfortable shoes

Duration: 2.25 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 45 minutes - at Saxman Native Village
  • 45 minutes - at Herring Cove Wildlife Viewing Area
  • 30 minutes - Ketchikan city tour
  • 15 minutes - boarding and deboarding 

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at inside the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau, booth #12, located in front of berth 2 on the dock

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to climb 4 steps into and out of the trolley. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour. This tour does not have a wheelchair lift but wheelchairs and walkers are welcome.

Are there any restrooms available on this tour?

There are restroom stops available at the Saxman and Herring Cove viewing area. 

What type of clothing should I wear?

Dress for the weather. Layered clothing is always recommended for Alaskan weather.

Are there any age restrictions for children?

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Can I bring a backpack?

Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.

Can I bring my own food or drink?

Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable containters and snacks are allowed on tour.

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Customer Reviews
Jun 2022 - Peggy H.

Great experience. Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Trolley was fun and a great way to see the sites.

May 2022 - Gayle A.

Very informative and knowledgeable tour guide! Great way to take in the sights of Ketchikan.

May 2022 - Kathy L.

Cindy the tour guide was so nice and thoughtful! She is amazing. I really liked the totem talk by the man at the facility. I would like to have gone inside also. Fun to see the overview of the city!

May 2022 - Julia S.

I am afraid that this tour was oversold. I had the impression that we would have a stop to see wildlife, but that was really a short stop by the water with little wildlife opportunity. I did enjoy the Saxman totem pole park, which was why I went on this tour. I also appreciated that we could go with our grandchildren while many excursions excluded small children.

Sep 2021 - Kerri L.

Jeff did a great job taking us around town in Ketchikan. His welcoming wit and stories kept us entertained while we took in the sights. Recommend!!

Sep 2021 - Kathleen G.

Poured rain the entire day but did not take away from this wonderful excursion. Driver/Guide, Jeff, was informative and entertaining.

Sep 2021 - Mary F.

Fun trip and great Narrator!

Sep 2021 - Mark O.

A great guide with a good sense of humor and knowledge of the area. We did see a bald eagle and 3 black bears (apparently no brown bears in the vicinity). Trolley ride can be drafty, but blankets were available to cover up with. It rained (of course), but umbrellas were also available.

Sep 2021 - Martha L.

Enjoyed this tour, learned a lot about totems and saw a couple of eagles, but no bears.

Sep 2021 - Patricia F.

Fun way to tour, great guide. Guide was very personable, witty, and knowledgeable. Unfortunately we did not see much wildlife--but not the tour company's or guide's fault. People on the tour with us said they say 3 bears at the salmon stream two years ago.

Aug 2021 - Marlene F.

Jeff gave us a great tour with lots of really bad dad jokes! The tour didn't exactly match up to the brochure, but our family of 5 all completely enjoyed our experience.

Aug 2021 - Ian L.

I saw more wildlife here than in the Eagle Preserve in Haines! Great tour guide! Loved the totems. He didn t spend any time in the city. I would have loved it if he drove to the salmon ladder.

Aug 2021 - Karen G.

This was a lovely tour. I decided to book this one independently from the cruise line because of the extra time taken at the wildlife area. We had a lovely day, our tour leader was excellent with lots of stories to tell us. I would definitely recommend this tour to others.

Aug 2021 - Judy W.

Trolley driver not available so they gave us a bus. The view was not the same or the experience as I expected but they did not cancel on me. Nothing too exciting for me on this tour

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Duration: 2.25 hours

Number of Passengers *

Adult (12+): $79.00

Child (5-12): $49.00

Lap Child (Free under 5): $0.00

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