4 Hours Duration
From pick-up to drop-off
Two Activities in One
Canoe paddle and nature hike
Explore Alaskan Culture
Learn from experts about Native history
Includes smoked salmon and chowder
One of the best excursions in Ketchikan Alaska for exploring Native Alaskan history, culture, and art, a visit to famed Totem Bight State Park is a must. On this relaxing four-hour excursion, you’ll not only tour the 11-acre park and explore its series of ancient totem poles and colorful rainforest-surrounded Clan House, but you’ll also have the opportunity to board a 37-foot, 20-passenger Native-style canoe for a gentle paddle on the tranquil waters of Lake Harriet Hunt, a pristine mountain lake surrounded by dense forest. You’ll then enjoy a gorgeous nature walk through the forest to a cook camp where you’ll be served a delicious snack of smoked salmon and clam chowder.
As with other excursions in Ketchikan Alaska, pickup for the Totem Bight State Park and Rainforest Canoe excursion is conveniently located near the cruise docks in downtown Ketchikan, where transport awaits for the scenic 11-mile journey north of town. The Clan House is the central attraction at Totem Bight State Park, as it offers a fascinating look into the past to learn about Native Alaskan culture and family life. After visiting the Clan House, stroll among the 14 massive carved totems depicting the myths and legends of the Tlingit and Haida peoples. Take a rest at the park’s viewing deck for wonderful views of wildlife and nature along the Tongass Narrows! Then head to Lake Harriet Hunt for a leisurely paddle in a canoe much like those used by Native Alaskans to travel the coastal waterways in days gone by, followed by a guided nature walk through the forest to the cook camp. Your visit to Totem Bight State Park will leave you with unforgettable impressions of Southeast Alaska’s history, Native cultural traditions, and scenic beauty. One of the top excursions in Ketchikan Alaska for getting off the beaten path, this adventure will surround you with wild beauty you’ll be unlikely to forget!
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