Ketchikan, Alaska, US
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Approximately 2¾ Hours
Your experience begins with a narrated eight-mile panoramic coastal drive to the Rain Forest Wildlife Sanctuary -- a privately-owned reserve located in rustic Herring Cove.
Meet your guide at trailhead and enjoy a leisurely guided nature walk along a combination of improved gravel trails and elevated boardwalks. The trail borders Eagle Creek, which is home to major runs of Pacific salmon and is also the site of the Whitman Lake Hatchery. The hatchery ensures a large population of returning salmon which draws the myriad of wildlife that frequents the area. Keep your eyes open for black bear, bald eagles, seals and a variety of shore birds and smaller critters looking to feast on the spawning salmon.
Next, tour the historical Fleenor Sawmill and learn about the logging industry that used to dominate Herring Cove.
Then spend time in the carving center to learn about Native culture and traditions before viewing the amazing collection of Tsimshian totems.
Enjoy free time to sample locally-inspired appetizers and enjoy a glass of beer or wine prior to returning to your ship.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. The paths are compacted gravel with some inclines, and elevated boardwalks. No food is allowed on the trail.