Live streamed from the streets of Ketchikan | Sea, Snow-cap Mountains. Totem Poles, Salmon Stream, History, and Character
I love Ketchikan. I think it is the only place in the world where you can see the ocean, mountains, deep forests, totem poles, and colorful old wooden bawdy houses built on pylons into a beautiful creek. In the fall the Creek is full of big fat salmon. Sometimes seals swim right up the Creek to chase the salmon, eagles swoop down on them, and sometimes, if we are really lucky, we catch a glimpse of a bear.
And all of this on a live-streamed, one-hour walk. I love Ketchikan. The totem poles are fantastically carved, in an elegant art tradition that goes back thousands of years, and tell stories that go back to the beginning of time. I can gaze on the old wooden brothels and imagine what it was like when every house had one or two ladies who entertained fishermen, prospectors, gamblers, and gunmen.
Let me take you on a live virtual tour of my town, and show you what it is like now, and give you a glimpse into what it must have been like 100 years ago. We will use live, video conferencing software.
We will start on Berth 2, the main dock of Ketchikan, and have a quick look at the layout of the land. I will point out the geographic features, and tell you a bit about Ketchikan, and the Island it is on.
We will look at the Ocean, nearby mountains, the Welcome Sign, the "Liquid Sunshine Gauge, " and "the Rock": a bronze sculpture by Dave Rubin.
We will walk North, and look at the one-way tunnel, and "Thundering Wings": totem Eagle by Nathan Jackson.
We will walk back South, passing City Hall, the historic Gilmore Hotel, and the "Golden Tarantula" on Annabelle's.
Then East, along Mission Street, passing the Mission Church, Whale Park, Chief Kyan Pole, and stop at the "Fog Woman" Totem Pole (Chief Johnson Pole), where I will tell you the story of Fog Woman.
Then onto the Creek Street, Ketchikan Creek, and the old wooden brothels surrounding it. I will tell you about how the town started, and some of the business that went on in those houses.
All you need is a good internet connection.
Duration: 1 hour
Please note that the start times for this tour are shown in UTC -9 (Ketchikan); and so please remember to consider the time difference when selecting a start time for your Live Virtual Tour. To check the local time in your own location CLICK HERE.
Make It Social!
Send your Live Virtual Tour booking link to up to 6 friends, and explore Ketchikan Alaska together
- Guiding Services
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.
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We really loved our virtual tour of Ketchikan. Even though we have been there before, Cruin told us a lot of new fun facts about his city. He was extremely knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. We almost felt like we were right there. We look forward to meeting you in person!