Ketchikan, Alaska, US
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Approximately 4 Hours
This is a truly Alaskan experience. It features pulling Dungeness crab pots from a wilderness estuary and a crab feast held in a historic cannery building converted to an elegant oceanside lodge.
You will leave downtown Ketchikan and embark on a fully narrated drive following the scenic coastline past a cannery, an old sawmill, totems and waterfalls.
At George Inlet Lodge, board a 46-foot, enclosed sightseeing vessel. On your cruise up the fjord, you will pass the old George Inlet Cannery and learn about the fish traps and 'pirates' that plagued the area years ago. View the Mahoney Glacial Cirque, with snow-capped mountains and 2,000-foot waterfalls site of an abandoned short-seam silver mine. Below the cirque, the Mahoney River Valley is home to bears, eagles, and salmon that return to spawn annually. Orca whales, sea lions, and seals frequently visit the area in search of the abundant food supply.
Cross the fjord to a remote crab estuary and witness the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Tongass National Forest -- the largest temperate rain forest in the world. This isolated cove is home to hundreds of Dungeness crab. A crab pot will be pulled up for everyone to view and gain knowledge for a hands-on opportunity to see the crab up-close. Learn about their anatomy and life cycle before the crab are set free.
Once the pots are reset, it's back to the warm and inviting George Inlet Lodge, where a delicious smoked salmon appetizer and Dungeness crab meal await you. Relax amid the rustic charm and the Alaskan hospitality of the lodge while you learn about its origins as a cannery bunkhouse. After a quick lesson in the art of crab cracking, you will enjoy the succulent delicacy of this Alaskan favorite with an all-you-can-eat crab feast. Your banquet will include a beverage (your choice of beer, wine, sodas, coffee or tea), salad, Dungeness crab with butter, and a slice of cheesecake smothered in Alaskan blueberries.
Please note: Tour sequence may vary, so come hungry. Dress in comfortable, warm layers and wear shoes with good traction. The lodge is accessed by numerous stairs. A van is available to transport guests who are unable to navigate the steps. Vegetarian and non-crab options may be substituted.