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The Fortress of the Bear features five orphaned Alaskan brown bear cubs of various ages in a man-made natural environment. This is an exciting place to get a close-up look at the playful side of one of Alaska's many incredible inhabitants. The mission of the Fortress is to provide an alternate option for urbanized cub orphans to live and grow instead of simply getting rid of them.

The Fortress has a raised viewing platform to look down onto two separate holding environments for the bears. In one side, there are two older bears and a large pond to swim in, and the other side is set up as a natural playground for three younger cubs. Each side boasts about 3/4 of an acre and up to 17 foot high walls. There is plenty of room for these creatures to live a healthy outdoor lifestyle.

The owners of the Fortress of the Bear are very knowledgeable about the bears habits, diet, needs, and receive donations year round of fish, fruits and vegetables, and other foods. They can tell you all about the bears they house, and even will show you some of the fun tricks they have taught the bears.

The Alaskan coastal Brown bear is closely related to the well-known Grizzly bear. They are incredibly smart and grow to massive sizes in just a short time. This is a must see during your visit to Sitka!


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Snack is entertaining to watch the owners show off the tricks they have taught the fun-loving Brown bears!

October 1 - April 15; Friday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 16 - September; 7 days a week 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $10/adult, $5/children, ages 7 & under free

Phone: (907) 747-3032 OR (907) 747-3350








Just a quick note to thank you for the great trip Kevin and I had. We really didn't know what to expect, but everything exceeded our expectations, from the lodge which has a real home feeling, the food which was superb and the great service. The crew on our boat (Johnny, Mike and Eldie) were the best and we would not have caught nearly as many fish without their help. Both Kevin and I agreed even without catching the big Halibut on our 2nd day we would have considered it a great trip, the big catch just made it even more memorable. We grilled halibut and salmon for dinner last night and the fish was superb and we have decided this will be an annual trip, so we look forward to seeing you next year. Thanks again for everything. -Andy B. (July 2009)