Ketchikan Rainforest Canoe & Totem Park 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.

Be prepared for rain and dress in weather-appropriate, warm layers. Ponchos are available and you will be outfitted with life jackets and paddles. Moderate to good physical condition is necessary for participation in this excursion.

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


  • 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 ages 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
  • Cameras

Duration: 4 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 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.

Are there any age restrictions for children?

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

How many passengers does the canoe hold?

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

Can I bring my own food or drink?

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

Are food and drink included?

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

Are there any physical requirements for this tour?

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

What type of clothing should I wear?

Layered clothing and water-resistant jackets are recommended.

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Duration: 4 hours

Number of Passengers *

Adult (Age 13+): $179.00

Must be 40lbs or more

Child (Age 5-12): $139.00


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