Ketchikan - A wee place between the sea and the mountains


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Activity Level



Shore Excursion, Nature and Wildlife, Local Experience, Adventure / Active


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
Must be able to get in and out of an SUV (with help).

Maximum travelers: 5



French (basic), English (fluent)

Totem Poles, Mountains, Forests, and Wildlife -- a custom tour with a Private Guide

There is so much to see and do in Ketchikan you might decide to come back again. Then you might decide to stay. I did. Everything I love is here. The snow-covered mountains. Vast temperate rain forests full of huge trees, birds, and animals. Deer, wolves, bears, eagles, whales, salmon, and halibut - how could I not love this place. I would delight in showing it to you, and telling you all about it.

Ketchikan also includes an ancient native tradition. Totem poles, wood carvers, weavers and dancers. My wife weaves cedar-bark, and I myself am an amateur carver. I will show you carving tools, and demonstrate their use. And I can show you the work of some of the greatest carvers living today.

Ketchikan is a small town, with an active arts community, and a long, and often amusing history.
We can see a bit of all of this. Or we can concentrate on the things that interest you.


I am happy to customize this tour to your needs and interests. Message me about changing the number of people, or the duration of the tour, or any other details.

I will meet you at the exit ramp from the ship. We will take a short walk to my vehicle (I can not bring a car onto the dock).

Then I will take you for a quick trip around "Old-town" Ketchikan. There is the historic Creek Street, a number of totem poles, and, if you feel like seeing it, a small museum with an exquisite collection of native art.

After that we have two options -- go North, or South:

North of town there are lakes, with nice woodland trails around them, some eagle nests, and nice forest walks.

South of town there are some eagle nests, and Herring Cove hatchery, where we sometimes see bears, and a pretty waterfall.

If you can't decide, don't worry, I'll take you to nice places.

If it is raining (it often does - this is a rain forest), we can concentrate on indoors exhibits, and sheltered places.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at the exit ramp from the ship. I shall carry a big sign with your name on it, or I shall wear distinctive clothes (often I wear a kilt!). Don't worry about delays at the ramp, and don't hurry -- you are on vacation, and I won't start the tour without you! You can always call me on my cell -- the number will be on your booking confirmation sheet.

End location: I will take you back to your ship (or, if you want to go shopping, to the best shopping area near the ship).

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.

I am flexible on time, so tour could be 2 hours or over 3 hours, whatever you prefer


2003 Dodge Durango R/T. Leather seats, Air-conditioned &individual climate control. Tinted windows. Seats 5 in comfort.

PLEASE NOTE: In the second row center is a skinny wee jump-seat (with seat belt), so we could take 6 people if two are skinny, and willing to sit close together.

Room in hatchback for bags and stuff, or even a wheelchair -- if the person in the wheelchair can get into and out of an SUV seat.

I can arrange for a larger vehicle, but that will significantly increase the price of the tour.

What’s Included

Transportation, and all entrance fees. I also carry water in the car.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5 USD - only if you plan to pick up juice or a snack along the way. If we plan to stop for lunch, you might need $20-$30 for lunch. I will take care of any additional fees, (entrance fees, museum costs, etc.)

What’s Extra

Other than snack money, you need nothing else. But you might want to bring binoculars, a camera, some good walking shoes, some layered clothing, a raincoat, a hat, and some sunscreen for the occasional sunny day we get here.


I speak some French (Quebecois),
and Scottish Gaelic.
Driving tours max of 5 or 6 travelers (although I can charter larger vehicles for custom tours).
Walking tours max of 25 people, or even more - contact me for walking tours with more than 10.

A Recent Review of this tour

Cruin was a joy. Having lived in Ketchikan for many years, he had a wealth of stories about the town and about his own experiences. He was open to all of our ideas and took us places that we never would have thought of on our own an never would have seen on a cruise ship tour. At our request, he directed us to a shop where we could purchase authentic Native-made items (as opposed to tourist stuff), and introduced us to the owner. We would have given him six stars if we could have.
Kenneth W.

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