Fortress of the Bear
Fortress of the Bear
4.5
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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A 501(c)3 non-profit educational bear sanctuary in Sitka, Alaska. Providing a safe haven for Alaska's orphaned bears.
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  • NeoAxion
    Detroit, Michigan541 contributions
    Fun visit
    It's not the biggest facility, but holds quite a bit to see and do for its size. I felt it was well worth the visit. It was a lot of fun seeing the handlers feed the bear, and it was interesting learning about the history of the site as well!
    Visited August 2022
    Written February 28, 2023
  • WeLoveDisneyland
    277 contributions
    Very nice place to visit-
    This is a wonderful place to see bears up close and personal at a safe distance. These orphans are very playful and curious and the staff works very carefully with them to keep the bears happy and healthy. I bought a membership so I could visit more than once during my 2 week stay in Sitka. It's at the end of the island so you either need a rental car or a tour bus/private tour. (Note: Cruise ship excursions are probably too expensive- try to use a taxi?)
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 18, 2023
  • 763skv
    12 contributions
    Bear paradise
    Fortress if the bear was an absolutely amazing experience. We were able to see 3 black bears, 5 brown bears, and a whole bunch of eagles looking for an easy meal. The bears played and frolicked and generally seemed to be having a fun time. It’s a great place to bring the kids but also great for anyone who loves animals. They are majestic.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Simon Scowen
    Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand34 contributions
    Worth it
    Was here on the 12 June 2023. It is a good place to get photos of real bears in a safe environment. It is a $2 bus ride from Sitka and $15 to get in so cheaper then going on a bear safari to see a bear.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 24, 2023
  • FlickFanatic
    Saint Louis, Missouri49 contributions
    The Best thing in Sitka!
    There is always a chance to see bears in alaska, but in Sitka, it's a guarantee at Fortress of the Bear. FotB is a bear rescue that cares for bears injured or abandoned and not able to return to the wild. They have brown and black bears living there. The community donates the food they feed the bears. This was the best thing we did in Sitka!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Gloria
    Baltimore, Maryland158 contributions
    Beautiful Bears
    Amazing morning watching the bears. Organization rescues orphaned cubs who would otherwise be put down. We went early and the bears were being fed so they were pretty active and close. Very cool to watch them interact with each other as well. You can take the bus from downtown. We spent about 40 minutes there. There were maybe 15 other people when we went, but a big cruise group showed up as we were leaving - another reason to go early…
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Tammy K
    Redmond, Washington9 contributions
    Beautiful Bears
    We loved seeing the bears and appreciate how they are providing safe housing to the orphan cubs. My kids age 9 and 11 enjoyed the educational talk and looking at the bears. I hope to encourage my neighbors back home to use bear proof garbage cans to protect our black bear population.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • IndieBajan
    New York City, New York47 contributions
    Get Ready for a Beartastic Day!
    Amazing opportunity to real life bear up close in their natural habitat. I visited as a stop on Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Sea from July 7th- July 14th. Instead of a cruise excursion, I took a taxi from Centennial Hall, charging $50 for 4. I then paid the admission fee of $15 for adults and $5 for youth(13-17 yrs), this saved me a bunch. On our way back we got off at The Raptor Center to explore and walk back to the Centennial which was only a 15 minutes walk away. If you're able body and can read a map I suggest this experience without going broke via the cruise excursion.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 14, 2023
  • XXNYC
    89 contributions
    Great opportunity to see brown bears close-up
    This is a really great opportunity to see brown bears up close. There were five bears when we visited. The staff who work here are really knowledgeable and happy to answer all of your questions. We watched them feed different types of food to the bears and also watched them play.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Robert D
    2,718 contributions
    See bears up close
    The Fortress of the Bear cares for orphaned bear cubs. There were eight bears here when I visited, five coastal brown bears and three black bears. It was interesting to watch them interact with each other. This place is popular so there was a short wait until I was allowed to ascend the ramp to see the bears.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 24, 2023
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PhoenixFlash
Anthem, AZ141 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
We went in the middle of September 2023 before embarking on a cruise. The secret is going when the cruise tours aren’t there. On cruise tour days they can have between 7k - 10k visitors in a single day!
You can catch the blue line bus from downtown Sitka for $2.00 single ride or $5.00 day pass. You take the bus to the end of the line and it is a short walk from there. Buses run every our. The bus line website keeps track of the day and the times the ships will dock. Note: If it is busy cruise ship day you may not be able to just walk up and buy a ticket or even catch a bus!
For our visit we were amongst the first of four visitors for the day. The bears were very active and playing with each other. No challenge in seeing them or taking photos. We spent around an hour there. I would go back assuming the conditions were good. If it is going to be packed with tour groups you may come away less than thrilled.
Written September 18, 2023
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Cathy W
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Family
This place may have good intentions but are unable to deliver after 20 plus years of being a "sanctuary". Bears have less than a 1/4 acre surrounded by concrete walls so they cannot see anything but walls and people staring at them.NO trees for them!!! Could have included triple layer plexiglass to the outside for a view. It was dirty-overgrown grass and weeds, dead fish floating in water, food debris, plastic pieces of garbage. Water was filthy. One poor bear paced non stop. The 'enrichment" they claim is not apparent. Looks like all their money went into their new building and stocking gift shop vs making the bear's home a better place. It doesn't take money to keep a place clean.!!! The poor black bears on the outside have a very tiny area too. Compare this to the WONDERFUL bear sanctuary at Grouse Mountain, Vancouver. Worlds apart. This place gets NO STARS!
Written September 17, 2023
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Kat S
Lake Stevens, WA25 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This place is a wonderful concept and it's great that the orphaned bears have a place to go instead of being euthanized. Going to visit has much to be desired when you arrive at the same time as other bus loads and you are crammed in like sardines and can "bearly" see what you've come to see... the bears. If you can't get close enough to the railing because of the number of people packed around the railings, it's definitely not worth the cost.
Written September 13, 2023
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Sherry A
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Friends
Not much there as were all the other ports of call. Will not cruise again to Alaska. Will do all land.
Written September 12, 2023
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efwarren
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL39 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Great opportunity to observe black and brown bears close up in a secure/controlled environment. The volunteers provide excellent input and answer questions very well.
Written September 11, 2023
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Sandra B
Sydney105 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
This was an amazing place to visit. How great to get to see bears as close as this. Such an amazing experience!
The staff were all amazing, with lots of knowledge about orphaned bears that now call the Fortress their home. They are very well cared for, which is pleasing to know.
I would definitely recommend a visit here to support the work of this amazing place!
Written September 11, 2023
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Jeff B
5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
The bear sanctuary was impressive. It was great that they can do that for injured and or orphaned bears. The workers were very informative.
Written September 4, 2023
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Amanda_B109
Edmonton, Canada431 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
I enjoyed seeing the black and brown bears here. There were 6 different bears that I saw. It is so sad that they had to be rescued from the wild. It was a $30 taxi ride from town to get there, and an extremely small area where the bears were. Think of one to two enclosures in a modern Zoo.Wouldn’t want to spend more than 45 minutes here, thus only gave it 4 stars. There wasn’t that much to do (I am from Alberta and have seen bears- so take that into consideration). I would definitely recommend it!
Written August 6, 2023
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2rollon
California522 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Took a tour from cruise ship to this bear sanctuary. It was a wonderful experience. Lots of bears to see and photograph. Black breast and brown bears were up and moving around in their natural settings. We had a great time here.
Written August 6, 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York2,718 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
The Fortress of the Bear cares for orphaned bear cubs. There were eight bears here when I visited, five coastal brown bears and three black bears. It was interesting to watch them interact with each other. This place is popular so there was a short wait until I was allowed to ascend the ramp to see the bears.
Written July 25, 2023
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