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Skagway Wildlife Safari Tour to Haines

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Excursion Overview


Breathtaking views and magnificent wildlife are waiting for you!

Spend the day with an experienced naturalist as your guide exploring the area and learning about the plants, and animals that make up the wilds of Alaska.

This excursion begins with a 45-minute high-speed catamaran ferry to the small town of Haines. Upon arrival, we'll start with a narrated drive through the historic Fort Seward, the first military base in Alaska. As you leave town, you'll embark on a journey through the amazing Chilkoot Valley on your way to the Chilkoot River corridor filled with coastal views along the longest fjord in North America.

The Chilkoot River is home to some of the best bear viewing in Alaska. Salmons run in high demand through the river which brings in good numbers of bears every year. It's located between rugged glacial peaks that are home to numerous brown bears, mountain goats, salmon, river otters, and bald eagles. This area is a bird paradise as well with an abundance of local and migratory birds.

After visiting the Chilkoot River, you'll enjoy a seaside picnic including sandwiches, chips, fruit, and cookies. After lunch, you'll head to the mouth of the Chilkat River, home of the largest concentration of bald eagles in the world. The final stop on your excursion is habitat to all five species of wild Pacific salmon, drawing all of Alaska's predators to its shores.

Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the unparalleled beauty of the Chilkat River before the drive back to the ferry.

This tour only operates mid-July - mid-September to maximize your potential to view bears and eagles feeding on the spawning salmon. Bear and other wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The tour stops can vary slightly according to maximum wildlife viewing potential.

Things You Need to Know


  • Round trip transportation from the ship
  • Picnic style lunch included
  • Provided equipment: shared spotting scopes and binoculars


  • Guests need to be able to get in and out of the van and walk on uneven surfaces

Duration: 6.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 15 minutes - meet your guide and make your way to the ferry to Haines
  • 50 minutes - narrated, scenic catamaran to Haines
  • 30 minutes - driving of Fort Seward and Haines
  • 30 minutes - continue to Picture Point for a photo opportunity
  • 3 hours - at the Chilkoot River and the Chilkoot Lake for wildlife sightings and a beach picnic
  • 1 hour - scenic ferry back to Skagway
  • 15 minutes - transport back to the cruise ship terminal

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the end of the pier. 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

Depending on the group size of the day, the tour can be transported in a 15-passenger van, or in a bus with capacity for 24 people.

There isn't much walking on this tour. If the guest doesn't wish to walk far, it can be less than a mile. Guests need to be able to get in and out of the van/ferry and walk on uneven surfaces. There will be some gravel or paved paths around Chilkoot Lake.

We will run the tour as long as we have at least 2 guests on the tour!

We recommend dressing in layers. Also, this tour operates rain or shine, so don't forget your rain jacket!

No, there are no age restrictions for this tour.

Backpacks and small bags are allowed on this tour.

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

Beverages and lunch are included.

Just let us know when you're booking your reservation. There are alternative lunch options to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advanced notice at no additional charge.

Yes. Restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour, on the ferry during your travel to Haines, and on the dock, once you arrive in Haines.


Guest Reviews


2 total


Shiouling H

On Sep 2023

we were lucky to see a mama bear teaching 2 cubs catching fishes. Also the tour guide took us to a local brewer that my husband and my cousin's husband said it was the best beer they have in this trip.

Thomas S

On Sep 2022

Four of us took this excursion with Sydney who was fantastic and very knowledgeable. We of course wanted to see salmon, bears and eagles. Who would have known we would watch a momma bear catch a salmon for her and her two cubs and then eat it under a tree with a beautiful bald eagle in it. We say many more animals and views that photos do not do justice (even though they try), Would do this again in a minute!!


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Duration: 6.5 hours

Best Price Guarantee!

Duration: 6.5 hours

Adult (12+): $225.50

Child (3-11): $169.13

Infant (2 and under): $0.00

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