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Totem Poles, Tlingit, Haida, & Tsimshian Native Art Carving, Symbols,

Myths and Stories With a Knowledgable Private Guide 




Understanding the symbols and figure on totem poles

This tour is much like the tour "A Wee Place Between the Sea and The Mountains," only it concentrates more on totem poles and native art. We shall visit:


  • Whale Park

  • Historic Creek Street

  • Totem Poles

  • Downtown Museum

  • Salmon Falls

  • City Park (Optional)

  • Totem Heritage Center (Optional)

  • Married Man's Trail

  • Herring Cove (Optional)

  • Waterfall (Optional)

How much time we spend on Totem Poles, and how much on the sights featured in "A Wee Place" can be adjusted to your preferences, or even our mood or the weather on tour day.

Start, End Location, and Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at the exit ramp from the ship. I shall carry a big sign with your name on it, or I shall wear distinctive clothes (often I wear a kilt!). Don't worry about delays at the ramp, and don't hurry -- you are on vacation, and I won't start the tour without you! You can always call me on my cell -- the number will be on your booking confirmation sheet.

End location: I will take you back to your ship (or, if you want to go shopping, to the best shopping area near the ship). I will make sure you are back by your onboard time.


2 hours 30 min

3 hours 30 min

All Day tour (or as long as we have time for)


What’s Included

Transportation, and all entrance fees. I also carry water in the car.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5 USD - only if you plan to pick up juice or a snack along the way. If we plan to stop for lunch, you might need $20-$30 for lunch. I will take care of any additional fees, (entrance fees, museum costs, etc.)

What’s Extra

Other than snack money, you need nothing else. But you might want to bring binoculars, a camera, some good walking shoes, some layered clothing, a raincoat, a hat, and some sunscreen for the occasional sunny day we get here.


I conduct small tours in my personal minibus – a 2025 Toyota Sienna. There is one driver seat and six passenger seats: 1 up front, 2 bucket seats second row, and 3 row seats in the third row (the middle one is for a skinny person). I can fold away a back seat or two if we need to carry a wheelchair or scooter (I am happy to do so).

I can arrange for a larger vehicle, if needed, but that will  increase the price of the tour (call or email for details). I have room in the hatchback for lots of bags, a wheelchair, or a mobility scooter (that can disassemble). I am happy to set up a tour for someone who has difficulties walking, but the person must be able to climb in and out of an SUV, with a stool and  assistance.

Saxman Native Village & Totem Bight State Park


Spirit Tours can also include a visit to one of the Totem Parks -- Saxman Native Village, or Totem Bight State Park. These tours take more time and cost a bit more because of the extra distance traveled, and the extra fees to enter the park. If you would like to include one of these parks in your tour, contact us and we can work out the details. 

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