If Skagway is the big city, Haines is a naturalist’s paradise. Cradled at the base of the Chilkat Peninsula, flanked by the Lynn Fjord and Chilkat River, it boasts some of the most pristine country in Southeast Alaska.
This trip begins with a 45-minute shared fast ferry ride along the steep-walled fjords that connect Skagway to Haines. Your naturalist guide will immediately start acquainting you with the area’s unique plants, animals and ecosystems, as well as the natural history of Lynn Canal, as you look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and a variety of seabirds.
Upon arrival in Haines, take a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park, which boasts a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains, important Tlingit cultural sites, and a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea. Depending on the season, watch for migratory birds, brown bears, harbor seals, bald eagles, and wildflowers. Continue out of town for a scenic ten-mile drive along the Chilkat River with a photo stop at the historic Letnikof Cove Cannery, with the Rainbow Glacier as its backdrop.
Your tour is topped off with a final stop at the Pilot Light Restaurant, where owner, Cambria Goodwin, featured on “Cupcake Wars”, serves a tasty meal featuring her signature salmon bisque soup, Caesar salad, home-baked bread, and of course, dessert. After this delicious meal return to Skagway via shared fast ferry.