A Walk into Southeast Alaska History -- Ketchikan custom walking tour with a Private Guide


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Activity Level



Hiking and Walking, Local Experience, Museums / Culture, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes. Might be challenging, and a bit boring, for younger children.

Friendly: Yes.
We could do this slowly if we have a wheelchair. Some of the trails are a bit bumpy, but with some huffing and puffing, we could manage it. All the people on the tour must be willing to be patient with the slower pace.

Maximum travelers: 10



French (basic), English (fluent)

Salmon, totem poles, shady forest trails, Creek Street, Ketchikan's red light district -- all within an easy walk of your ship

One of the things I really love about Ketchikan is that you can see a whole bunch of nature and history on an easy walk around the "Old Town. " There are some great old totem poles, and some more modern poles done by today's greatest carvers. There is Thomas Basin Harbor. There are salmon leaping over the rapids, or climbing up the fish ladder. Often you see eagles, and seals chasing the salmon. Songbirds, dippers, and swallows skim the surface if the water. There is the historic "red light district" with colorful houses built on pylons into the creek. The is a beautiful park, a museum, and the Tongass Heritage center, which preserves some really old totem poles, and examples of native art.


I will meet you at the exit ramp from the ship. I shall carry a big sign with your name on it, and I will wear distinctive clothes (often I wear a kilt!).

We will walk into Old Town, and look at some of the buildings and statues of Ketchikan. In Whale Park we will look at our first Totem pole. I will bring my carving tools and explain their use, tell you some of the stories behind the poles. We can go into the Museum, and see their small but excellent exhibit of native art.

In Bear Valley we will look at the rapids and the salmon ladder.

Time permitting, we can walk to the beautiful Ketchikan City Park, and the Totem Heritage Center, where some of the older poles are kept.

We will walk down Married Man's Trail, and look at some forest, and the colorful buildings on the Creek (most of which were, at one time, brothels). Then I will walk you back to your ship.

The pace will be easy to moderate. If everyone says they want a more challenging walk, we can take in some of the stairway streets and lookouts.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: The Exit Ramp of your ship

End location: Back at your ship (or optionally, I can leave you downtown if you want to go shopping).

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.

1.5 to 3.5 hr I am quite flexible on time. Some people don't want to walk for long, while others do.

Some worry about the pace of the walk. Unless everyone on the tour really wants a faster pace, I try to make sure the walk is leisurely, and comfortable for everyone. The object is to enjoy and experience the sights of Ketchikan, not to try get in an extra work-out. We can also leave the tour somewhat open ended, and at some points I will ask if you want to loop back here, or go on a bit further.


By foot.

What’s Included

The entrance fee to both the downtown museum and the Tongass Heritage museum is included in the per-person price of the tour.

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.

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

We had a wonderful afternoon with Cruin. Because it was a beautiful, sunny day, he changed our itinerary a bit and we went to Settlers Cove. We had a lovely walk through the forest, down to the beach and also stopped to watch the salmon run. We had a nice snack of local salmon and also visited the Totem Heritage Center. Cruin was kind enough to stop at a drug store for us as well. He is very knowledgeable and we very much enjoyed our day with him.
Kim S.

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