A series of elevated platforms in the trees, connected by suspension bridges, will provide your best chance to see bears. These platforms keep you at a safe distance from the bears.
We weren't on the trail more than ten minutes when we spotted our first bear. Soon after that we spotted a mamma and her cub. And, they just kept coming. The excitement was almost too much to handle. Trying to keep your camera steady with a long lens in the dark rainforest is rough. It will take all your skill to come out with a few good shots. Be sure to take the time to enjoy yourself and not be stuck behind the viewfinder. Memories are more important than a photo on your wall.
After your stay on the elevated platforms you move to the boardwalk which runs along the wetlands of Eagle Creek. There is a good chance that you will see more bears here as well as salmon, eagles, and maybe a seal or two.
You will also have the opportunity to feed a reindeer and see recovering raptors during your visit to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary.
And if all that wasn't enough there is a native totem carver who works out of the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. Wayne Hewson and his wife create wonderful pieces, some of which are displayed at the sanctuary.
The Bear Country & Wildlife Expedition in Ketchikan, Alaska is a fantastic Cruise Ship excursion. Bring your camera (and bug spray for the No-See-Ums!) and enjoy your stay. More photos from Ketchikan, Alaska can be seen over at our photo website. BG Customs Photography