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Backcountry Jeep & Canoe Safari
  • Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari
  • Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari
  • Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari
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  • Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari
  • Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari
  • Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari
  • Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari Alaska Shore Excursions
  • Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari Alaska Shore Excursions
  • Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari Alaska Shore Excursions


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Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari


4 Hours Duration

From pick-up to drop-off

Backcountry Jeep Tour

Explore rainforest in your own vehicle

A Triple Adventure

Jeep ride, nature hike, and canoe

Food Provided

Includes smoked salmon and chowder

Get behind the wheel of a classic Jeep Wrangler 4 x 4 and negotiate the rugged back roads of Revillagigedo Island before paddling your own Indian-style canoe across Lake Harriet Hunt and hiking a shaded nature trail through lush rainforest on the exhilarating Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari! This Ketchikan off-the-beaten-path adventure is fun for the whole family and takes you into remote places of exceptional scenic beauty where you can enjoy your wilderness experience from three different perspectives. Judder over the back roads and mountainside logging trails while your Jeep Wrangler takes all the punishment, grab a paddle and step into a 20-passenger canoe to glide across a serene mountain lake, and then hike to a remote camp base for a hearty Alaskan meal of smoked salmon and clam chowder amid towering old-growth forest. The Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari is triple the fun and triple the adventure, a perfect opportunity to experience Ketchikan off the beaten path!

For the first stage of your four-hour adventure, you’ll be paired with three other passengers per Jeep, with the opportunity to change drivers along the way as the route takes you over the mountain roads of the Tongass National Forest. Your guide will lead the way as you head further from Ketchikan off the beaten path, communicating via two-way radio, and stops along the way provide for photo opportunities at scenic overlooks. On arrival at the shores of Lake Harriet Hunt, board a 37-foot canoe for a gentle paddle across this beautiful and remote stretch of water. On the other side of the lake your guide will lead the way into the forest and along a nature trail to the cook camp, where your Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari adventure concludes with a relaxing stop, servings of delicious smoked salmon and clam chowder, and a choice of hot beverages. What’s more, this conveniently-timed excursion will then put you back in town with enough time to explore on your own. Want to see the true Ketchikan off the beaten path? This unique combo package is your chance!


If you’re also heading to Skagway and are looking for another gorgeous backcountry outing, you might consider the Glacier Point ATV Exploration.




Off-road, Paddle Adventure


4 hours

Adult Rate


Child Rate

$174 (ages 5-12)

Minimum Age

Children must weigh at least 40 lbs to participate., The minimum age for participants is 5 years old.


No previous canoe experience is necessary, and you'll be equipped with all the gear and info you need for this gentle activity., Guests need to be able to climb in/out of a Jeep and canoe with limited assistance.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 14-days before your tour for a refund, less any non-refundable fees., If for any reason the tour is canceled (due to unpermitting weather, for example), or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund minus any non-refundable fees.

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    How long is this excursion, and is transportation included?

    Answer: The total duration of this activity is about 4 hours from start to finish with about 2 hours on the water. The meeting location will be just next to the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau, which is conveniently situated very close to the cruise docks. Of course, you'll receive detailed meeting instructions and planning information in a confirmation email upon booking.

    Do I need previous canoe experience? Is it safe?

    Answer: This tour is a great entry-level canoe tour and perfect for first-timers or those with experience. The canoes are 37-foot vessels that can seat up to 20 guests at at time and are incredibly stable in the water.

    Is there a weight limit for the canoes?

    Answer: Over the years we have seen all shapes and sizes! We do not have a set weight limit, but please keep in mind that guests will need to be able to get in and out of the canoe on their own accord as well as be comfortable seated in a canoe for a total of 2 hours (1 hour each way).

    What should I wear and what gear is provided?

    Answer: No special equipment is necessary for you to bring. Dress warmly and in layers as the temperature can fluctuate throughout the day. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for the Nature Trail and for your comfort. Life jackets will provided for the canoe portion of the trip.

    What if it rains? Do the trips get canceled?

    Answer: Ketchikan is in the heart of a temperate rainforest, and we would never do anything if we stopped for the rain. Please do not let the possibility of rain deter you from booking. Southeast Alaska is at its most beautiful on misty rainy days.

    What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?

    Answer: It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases, we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will refund you.

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