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Ketchikan Rainforest Canoe & Totem Park Adventure

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Excursion Overview

The perfect combination of Alaskan Native history and scenic adventure

Alaska Native art and traditions are highlighted in this perfect combination of history and adventure. Travel 10 miles north of Ketchikan to visit Totem Bight State Historical Park, an 11-acre park featuring ancient totem poles set in a lush rainforest.

Explore restored and re-carved artifacts along the coastline of the Tongass Narrows and experience the colorful community house, known as a Clan House, before learning how Alaska Natives traveled the long distances of the Southeast Alaska waterways in large, carved canoes. Next, your group will head to Lake Harriet Hunt for the unique experience in Native-style canoes on a pristine mountain lake.

At Lake Harriet Hunt board your easy-to-paddle, traditional Alaskan canoes, much like the Alaska Natives used to travel the coastal waterways. Your guide will lead you to a camp on shore, where your cook prepares a tasty snack of chowder, smoked salmon, rolls, and wild berry jam. After enjoying your snack, your guide will lead an interpretive nature walk of the old-growth temperate rainforest. Your excursion concludes with a scenic drive back to the pier.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship terminal
  • Lifejacket, oars, and ponchos
  • Alaskan-style snacks consisting of clam chowder, rolls, jam, smoked salmon, crackers, mints, juice, hot chocolate, coffee, and water


  • Minimum Weight: 40lbs
  • While no prior experience is required, moderate physical activity is required.
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children aged 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian.
  • Dress warmly in waterproof layers in inclement weather

Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip from the Ketchikan Visitor Center. Ward Cove guests will be picked up from Ward Cove.)

  • 25 minutes - motor coach transportation to Totem Bight Park
  • 1 hour - Totem Bight Park
  • 25 minutes - motor coach transportation to Lake Harriet Hunt
  • 1 hour and 20 minutes - canoeing and nature walk with snacks and beverages
  • 40 minutes - motor coach transportation back to Ward Cove and downtown Ketchikan

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Liquid Sunshine Rain Gauge. If your ship docks at Ward Cove, you will be picked up there and you do not need to take the shuttle. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Guests must be 5 years of age or older and weigh at least 40 lbs.

The Alaskan Native-style canoe can hold up to 20 passengers along with an experienced guide.

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

Yes. Alaskan-style snacks and beverages are included. Clam chowder, rolls, jam, smoked salmon, crackers, mints, juice, hot chocolate, coffee, and water are provided.

Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven surfaces and steps. While no experience is required, moderate physical is required.

Layered clothing and water-resistant jackets are recommended.


Guest Reviews


1 total


Robert N

On Aug 2023

Not much to see on the canoe portion of the tour, totem park was good, guides were great


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Duration: 4 hours

Best Price Guarantee!

Duration: 4 hours

Adult (Age 13+): $189.00

Must be 40lbs or more

Child (Age 5-12): $149.00

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