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Chilkoot Canoe Wildlife Safari

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6½ Hour Duration
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From pick-up to drop-off
Wildlife Opportunities
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Eagles, seals, and whales are seen often!
Lunch Included
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Picnic-style lunch
Skagway to Haines
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via the Fast Ferry


Hop aboard the Chilkoot Canoe Wildlife Safari for a pristine paddle and wildlife viewing experience! With a local expert guide, you'll travel from Skagway to Haines for a breathtaking tour of Chilkoot Lake and the surrounding wilderness. Look for black bears, bald eagles, mountain goats, and spawning salmon which are all common in the area. The motor-assisted canoe allows you to speed along the beautiful lake to see all that it has to offer, while also letting you have peaceful moments of paddling.

Your wildlife safari starts when you meet your guides on the docks in Skagway, for the 45-minute fast ferry ride to Haines. This portion of the tour gives you a unique glimpse at the Lynn Canal, the widest and deepest fjord in all of North America. Wildlife opportunities begin here; watch for whales, seals, and eagles. When you arrive in Haines, you'll journey over to Chilkoot Lake, including a quick stop at the historic Fort Seward and a drive through Chilkoot River Valley. Upon reaching Chilkoot Lake, you'll hop in the traditional and spacious canoe for two hours of exploration on the lake. Keep your eyes out for stunning waterfalls, salmon spawning streams, and coves on your journey through the calm water. After, you'll head back to Haines for a small picnic on a beautiful beach! Your Chilkoot Canoe Wildlife Safari concludes with the ferry ride back to Skagway.

Looking for more wildlife opportunities on the water for your Inside Passage itinerary? Check out Juneau's Paddle With Whales Kayak Adventure and Ketchikan's Orcas Cove Sea Kayaking!

What's Included

Round Trip Transportation
Knowledgeable Guides
Lunch & Beverages
Equipment & Gear -Personal floatation device, rubber boots, paddles, and ponchos if needed
Guide Gratuities

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this excursion suitable for guests of all ages?
The minimum age to participate on this tour is 6 years old and participants must weigh at least 50 lbs.
Is lunch included on this tour?
Yes! This tour includes a picnic lunch on a private beach in Haines.
Where is the meeting location for this tour?
You will meet your guides just outside your cruise gates. Please provide accurate cruise details when booking for pick-up purposes.
What if our cruise ship's schedule is canceled or delayed?
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, then you will receive a refund, less any non-refundable fees.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 8 years old • Maximum Weight: 300 lbs
Guests must weigh under 300lbs. Participants should be confident getting in and out of a canoe, sitting in a canoe for 2 hours, and paddling off and on for 2 hours.
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts


6h 30min

Adult Rate

Child Rate

Itinerary • 6h 30min • 7 activities

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Your guides will meet you at your cruise docks before taking you to the small boat harbor to hop on the Fast Ferry over to Haines.

1 hour 15 minutes
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Your guides will take you on a short tour of the historic Fort Seward before heading to Chilkoot Valley for the canoeing portion of your tour.

1 hour
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After a brief safety talk, you'll be outfitted with rubber boots, ponchos, life jackets & paddles before hopping in the canoes to enjoy the water.

15 minutes
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Remove the provided gear and get some group shots from the edge of the lake! The surrounding mountains make a stunning backdrop for photos.

15 minutes
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Drive back to Haines along Lutak Inlet, keeping an eye out for wildlife feasting on the fish that call this inlet home.

40 minutes
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At the private ocean-side picnic area you will enjoy lunch with stunning views of the Lynn Canal & soaring peaks.

30 minutes
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Hop back on the Fast Ferry for transport back to Skagway before being taken right back to your cruise ship docks for ease in making your all aboard.

1 hour