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Per Person $190 USD
Children (Ages 12 and under) $145 USD
*Selections and optional choices will be made during checkout


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14 beautifully colored totem poles will await you just 15 minutes from downtown at what was originally the site of a traditional fishing camp at the edge of the Tongass Narrows. A short walk through the woods will take you to the famous totem poles recovered from an overgrown forest and repaired or duplicated by skilled carvers using handmade tools. A community house onsite (also called a clan house) was added to the National Register of Historic Places back in 1970. Every step of the way your guide will familiarize you with the historical significance of the totem poles and the botanical examples of North Pacific coast greens that flourish here.

After your exploration of the Totem Bight State Historical Park you will head over to the secluded Harriet Hunt Lake in the Tongass National Forest where you'll board a 37- foot, 15-passenger canoe which is fast, stable, and easy to maneuver. You will paddle under the direction of an experienced guide, scan the shore for wildlife, and learn about the history of the Ketchikan area. The lake, part of a lush rain forest, is ideal for canoeing and is surrounded by the Tongass, the largest national forest in the United States.

Once you've built up an appetite, we'll stop ashore for a native-style snack, including smoked salmon, clam chowder, rolls with wild berry jam, and beverages. A knowledgeable guide will highlight the flora and fauna of the rainforest before we paddle back to the canoe dock and you reboard your transportation for the return to the cruise ship pier.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
  • Exploration of Totem Bight
  • 1.5 hour guided canoe adventure on Harriet Hunt Lake
  • Beverages and snacks
  • Use of all equipment, rain gear, and life jackets

Days of Operation

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Departures (local time)

  • 4 hrs - Morning. Tour time will be assigned upon confirmation.
  • 4 hrs - Afternoon. Tour time will be assigned upon confirmation.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Rain gear, life jackets, beverages, and snacks are included in the price of this tour.
• Tour times vary daily and will be assigned upon confirmation. During check out you will have a choice between a morning or afternoon program. We will also ask if you have any other tours booked while in port.


• This excursion requires a minimum of 6 passengers as 6 people are required to paddle a canoe.
• All children must weigh a minimum of 40 pounds and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian.
• This tour is suitable for all ages and no prior experience is necessary, just good health and an adventurous spirit.