Klukwan Cultural Experience & Salmon Bake
Visit Klukwan, the Tlingit Native Village in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
The Tlingit natives are world renowned for their art and craftsmanship. Museums all over the world showcase the workmanship of the people of Klukwan Village.
This tour includes:
• Round trip ferry transfer to/from Haines
• Bus tour along Lynn Fjord and Lutak Inlet to Klukwan Village
• Jilkaat Kwan Cultural Center demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts
• Salmon bake
• Spectacular scenery and wildlife sightings
• All taxes
Your Klukwan Cultural Experience begins with a ride on the Chilkat Express high-speed catamaran, which is owned and operated by Klukwan Natives, who will welcome you aboard.
You'll travel through a scenic landscape of sheer rock cliffs, abundant waterfalls, glaciers, inlets, terminal moraines, and snowcapped mountain ranges that rise straight up out of the depths of Lynn Fjord during the 30-minute voyage to a private docking facility in Haines. Wildlife sightings along the way often include fur seals, eagles, and rafts of surf scoters, with occasional appearances by whales, mountain goats, and bears.
In Haines, you'll find yourself face-to-face with a charming, unspoiled "picture postcard" setting--the small community of Haines and the magnificent Chilkat Mountain Range, which forms the northern escarpment of Glacier Bay National Park.
You'll be further engulfed in the beauty of this special place as your bus transfers you, via the Haines Scenic Byway, along the Chilkat River and into the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve to your Klukwan Cultural Experience. Moose, bears, and other wildlife are often spotted en route.
The village is located on the banks of the Chilkat River, near the confluence of two other salmon spawning rivers, and boasts a backdrop of two mountain ranges that immediately rise up from the valley floor.
Upon arrival at the Klukwan village, you'll be heartily welcomed by your hosts, the Tlingit Natives of Klukwan, who are eager to share their heritage and culture with you.
At the Jilkaat Kwan Cultural Center, you'll be treated to carving and fish preparation demonstrations, and native dance (in full regalia) in the long-house.
This fascinating experience will conclude in the Hospitality House with a salmon bake and weaving demonstration featuring the famed Chilkat blanket of Klukwan.
• We recommend that you dress in layers, wear good walking shoes, and bring a raincoat or umbrella.
• There will be spotting scopes on the bus for you to use.
• Restrooms are available throughout this excursion.
• This tour operates through late August.
• There is a minimum of 6 passengers needed to operate this tour.
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible. It requires walking on an uneven path with gravel.
Days offered: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday