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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!

 

Watch For...
Snack time...it is entertaining to watch the owners show off the tricks they have taught the fun-loving Brown bears!

HOURS AND FEES
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
Website:
http://www.fortressofthebear.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


[For several reasons, our] whole trip, from the lodge Sunday morning to our condo in Cincinnati last night, was about 32 hours long. Fortunately, the luggage and fish boxes arrived with us. The fish was still frozen when we unpacked it after we got home. That extra care your fish packers took in wrapping the catch with that foil-bubble insulation material really did the trick. I really appreciate your seeing to that. We had a wonderful time in Sitka. The Checkmate is a terrific, well-built boat. Having the head on board sure makes for a far more comfortable and enjoyable experience out on the water. We were lucky to have Captain E.J. and deckhand Tom taking care of us out there. They were professional and friendly at the same time, a good combination of traits, and they made sure we had a good time. E.J. makes fantastic sandwiches, Tom made sure we kept our lines untangled, hooks baited and our bait in the water, and the girls made some absolutely addicting cookies for us. Your client coordinator took really good care of us. She helped the three ladies to have two super days exploring Sitka. All of us had an unforgettable experience. We enjoyed the camaraderie with everyone in the lodge. We met some neat people from all over. We loved the breakfast girls! As always, our accommodations were clean and comfortable. Well, anyway, thanks a million. I wish I could come back sooner and more often. In the meantime, I visit your website every day to look at the catch of the day and read Tom's blogs. I have the Sitka weather on my computer all the time. My heart is there. Best wishes for a successful season. Please extend our sincere thanks to all of your staff for a job well done. I couldn't recommend your operation highly enough. -Mark F. (June 2010)