Exclusive Annette Island Native Discovery

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska

At a Glance

Activity Type: Sightseeing Adventures and Nature Adventures and Signature Collection
Activity Level: ModerateHelp
Duration: 3.5 to 4 Hours
Adult Price: $179 (ages 10 and up)
Ages: 10 And Up
On this tour you will:
  • Meet your guide and take a short walk to board a 48-foot expedition catamaran for your approximate 45-minute cruise to Annette Island. The catamaran features large, wrap-around windows, an expansive open-air deck and a restroom.
  • Explore the coastline as the onboard Naturalist explains the natural history of Southeast Alaska's forests and ocean. Eagles, seals, porpoise and other species of wildlife are often sighted. The captain will maneuver the boat to give the best possible view. Binoculars are provided.
  • Upon arrival at Annette Island, your native guide will give you an intimate and rare glimpse of a working village as you discover the heritage of the Tsimshian people.
  • Step back in time as you enter Father Duncan's Church and Cottage (museum) and his original home built in 1889, set in the community of Metlatakla, which means "salt water channel".
  • Discover a connection to the island and its people as your guide shares stories of the totem poles standing throughout the village where they were originally raised.
  • At the Healing Arts Center, explore a premiere collection of unique artifacts and other relics of colonial times as well as recently crafted button robes, wood masks and cedar bark baskets. Additionally, view an 1890s rare, glass-plate photograph exhibit by Benjamin Haldane, a community insider who reveals an intimate look at the Tsimshian during a time of great transition.
  • Become captivated with the local native dance group as they perform traditional and contemporary dance ceremonies in their clan house. Stories and celebrations have been shared in longhouses for thousands of years.
  • Browse the Artist's Village and visit with artisans, as they create unique native crafts and receive an artist rendering of the Veteran's Memorial totem pole. Total time on Annette Island is approximately 90 minutes.
  • On the cruise back to Ketchikan, visit Walden Rock, a favorite seal rookery and gathering place for other species of wildlife.
  • Enter Tongass Narrows as you return to Juneau, and enjoy the view from the boat of Saxman Native Tlingit Village before returning to your ship.
Important Additional Information
  • Guests must be ambulatory. Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. Tour operators will deny participation to Guests arriving in wheelchairs or electric scooters. Guests must be able to navigate 4 steps on and off the vessel.
  • Beverages (coffee, tea, hot cocoa, bottled water) are included in your tour. Snacks are available for purchase.
  • Guests should dress warmly and in layers with a rainproof jacket. Rain ponchos will be provided.
  • Guests are encouraged to wear closed-toe, sturdy footwear.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring currency and credit cards to purchase extras, such as souvenirs or snacks.
  • You should never feel that gratuities are expected, but it is customary to leave a tip in recognition of exceptional service in restaurants, taxis and for excursion guides and drivers. It is always up to you to determine the amount.

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