Steve Kroschel's Wildlife Center, located in Haines, provides guests an opportunity to witness Alaskan wildlife up close and personal. While most guests are traveling in a large group tour, this excursion offers a rare opportunity for a private visit. This private tour allows guests to spend time with an array of Alaskan mammals such as wolf, lynx, wolverine, moose, porcupine; many of which are extremely challenging to see in the wild, especially at close proximity.
The tour starts with a scenic boat trip along the fjords that connect Skagway to Haines. More than a dozen waterfalls drop hundreds of feet along the fjords on either side of the boat along the passage. Guests will often spot bald eagles and harbor seals on this journey as well.
Arrival in Haines will bring guests to meet their knowledgeable and friendly local guide for a drive up the Haines Highway, a National Scenic Byway, and through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Along the drive, guests can take in views of glacier-clad mountains, beautiful wildflowers lining the road, and green riverside channels that provide habitat for moose, bear and trumpeter swans. Guests will have plenty of photo opportunities of the wildlife and scenery along the journey.
Being a private tour, guests will have more flexibility in terms of how much time is spent with each species, and they won't have to work around other guests for photography. Guests will be able to enjoy a picnic lunch on the way back to Haines. Boarding the Fast Ferry to Skagway will return guests to their ship with memories of an unforgettable adventure.
Additional Notes: Actual species visited depend on availability and can change with each tour. There is some up uphill walking involved, and therefore not wheelchair accessible.
Duration: 6.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)
- A picnic style lunch: turkey sandwich on fresh baked bread, fruit, freshly baked cookie, and bottled water. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available with advance notice.
- Minimum of 4 passengers required to book
Duration: 6.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 45 minutes fast ferry to Haines
- 1 hour round trip scenic drive on Chilkat Highway
- 3 hours animal viewing and encounter at Wildlife Center
- 45 minutes fast ferry to Skagway
- This tour meets on the cruise ship dock. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
Is there a minimum number of guests?
Yes. There is a minimum of 4 guests and a maximum of 14 guests per departure.
What time does the tour run?
Our tours typically leave in the morning around 8am but vary from day to day.
Do you meet us at our ship?
Yes, a representative will meet the guests just past security.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. We do not have a wheelchair lift in any of our vehicles.
What should I wear while on tour?
We recommend that you dress in layers. It can be cold enough where you want a wool cap, gloves and a jacket, or it could be so warm you will be in a T-shirt with sunscreen and sunglasses. The weather can change quickly.
What size groups are on your tours?
Our maximum group size is 14. Our typical tour has around 6-8 guests at one time. We can charter large buses for large groups with advance notice.
What kinds of vehicles do you use?
Depending on the size of the group and the tour, we utilize everything from an SUV like the Toyota Sequoia or Sienna, to the 14-passenger Ford Econoline Van to the 14- passenger Airporter-style bus.
What are your lunches like? What if I have a special diet?
The tour includes a deli-style lunch. It consists of a turkey sandwich on fresh baked bread, fruit, freshly baked cookie, and bottled water. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available with advance notice.
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