Rainforest Canoe Adventure & Nature Trail
Experience a mountain lake just like Ketchikan's first explorers in a 20-passenger Indian-style canoe. A great way to take in the scenery of the lush Tongass National Forest, this land & water Ketchikan shore excursion also includes a short nature walk through the local flora led by a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy an Alaskan style snack ashore before retracing the journey via canoe. See the raw Alaskan wilderness with this gentle activity that's suitable for the whole family!
The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States and comprises the largest temperate rainforest in the world. There are many ways to experience this landscape and the Rainforest Canoe & Nature Trail combines two of them. Start the tour by boarding a motor coach bound for a remote wilderness lake where your 37-foot canoe waits at the shore. Paddle as a group with the leadership of the onboard guide, while you settle in to the serene surroundings. Glide across the smooth lake with the peaceful sounds of paddle meeting water, and a narrative from the guide that compliments the beauty of the area.
Having explored the lake by canoe, it's time to step ashore for an Alaska-style snack: smoked salmon, clam chowder, rolls with wild berry jams and beverages provide a welcome break before a short nature hike. Follow the naturalist guide on foot while exploring some of the strange flora that inhabits the rainforest floor such as the small, carnivorous Sundew plant. Eventually, retrace the journey back to downtown Ketchikan, armed with a bit more knowledge of this vast landscape and rejuvenated from the breath of fresh air.
Add an off-road Jeep ride to this tour with the Backcountry Jeep & Canoe Safari!