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Fortress of the Bear

Features Animals
4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835-9805
+1 907-747-3032
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One of our trip highlights

Such a heart warming experience. We just loved this and the entire visit from start to finish. Up... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Scott S
Sarasota, Florida
Pre cruise tour

Visited here on a Sitka Tours bus trip pre our cruise. We had an hour here, would have been to long... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835-9805
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a heart warming experience. We just loved this and the entire visit from start to finish. Up close and personal with all the safety you demand.

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here on a Sitka Tours bus trip pre our cruise. We had an hour here, would have been to long if it wasn't for the owner talking to the group explaining about each bear, how they got there and the role the facility plays....More

Thank Jared-Kiwi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Besides the bears, the keepers seem to have madeg friends with a big group of bald eagles that come around to share the fish. A pleasant surprise, very near the bird sanctuary. Easy to do both.

1  Thank hellindc
Reviewed 15 October 2017

This facility fosters orphaned bears (Alaskan law calls for euthanizing orphan cubs) who have lost or been abandoned by their mothers. At the time of our visit they had several grizzlies and black bears enjoying their play areas. Lots of things to keep the bears...More

Thank Greg S
Reviewed 10 October 2017

This attraction is located in an old water treatment facility and appears to be quite short on funds. They rehabilitate injured bears but the State of Alaska will not yet allow the rehabilitated bears to be returned to the wild as the raptors currently are....More

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 8 October 2017

While the bears viewed, both grizzly and black bear, could not be returned to the wild they seemed to be well cared for although the black bears had created the usual stress track of caged animals. One of the ponds was in disuse and needed...More

Thank Quincy31
Reviewed 4 October 2017

This is a non-profit "rehab" facility for injured and abandoned bears in Alaska. The bears are housed in what were former paper pulp mixers; three large, circular enclosures with a ten-foot wall. Unlike zoos, where they try to create imaginative habitats for the animals, here...More

Thank Munseyflora
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Fortress of the bear is one of the most amazing animal experiences we have ever been to. So close (yet safe) to wild bears. The facility is a non profit run by volunteers with a mission to rehab and return bears to the wild in...More

Thank Llll Y
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Brown bears and Black bears in captivity, but natural habitat. One of the Brown bears uses sign language to communicate, especially when asking for food.Attendants are quite knowledgeable and friendly. Good opportunity for photos. Suggest about a 90 minute visit.

1  Thank Anthony D
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We visited Sitka on a cruise ship. We caught a shuttle bus from town, which drops you off at Fortress of the Bear for an hour, with the option to then stop at the Raptor Centre on the way back, or just return to the...More

Thank Lee W
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19 June 2017|
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Response from Kbwhat | Reviewed this property |
There is a ramp as well as stairs.
26 April 2017|
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Response from BearManagerFoB | Property representative |
We are 5-6 miles from the Raptor Center. You can reach us by cab, take the local bus (weekdays only) or use one of the shuttle bus services providedo by Sitka Tours or Tribal Tours.
18 March 2017|
Response from BearManagerFoB | Property representative |
Absolutely! As of May 1st, we will be open 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week. We look forward to your visit!