Haines, Alaska audio tour: Fort Seward: An introduction to Alaska’s historical Port Chilkoot

Fort Seward: An introduction to Alaska’s historical Port Chilkoot

Walking Tour

35 mins

About the Tour

Wind back the clock to when picturesque Port Chilkoot was a buzzing military hub. On this coastal walking tour, you’ll go back in time to experience this corner of Haines in its heyday when it was still called Fort Seward. You’ll visit the square where officers once marched, the area in which military wives did their washing and shopped around the barracks, and the spot where fishermen would unload thousands of salmon after a catch.

Along the way, you’ll hear stories about how the Tlingit elders negotiated with European settlers, and naturalists like John Muir explored the glaciers and jagged mountain peaks that encompass the port. This walking tour will take you from the Port Chilkoot Dock where you’ll find Haines’cruise ships and ferries, to the historical businesses and buildings that make up present-day Fort Seward.

You’ll see and learn about:

• Fort Seward’s service as a seat of military power during the World Wars
• The native origins of Haines and the Chilkat Valley
• Present-day businesses and culture in Haines
• Native art representation

This tour is set in one of Southeast Alaska’s most beautiful ports, and the history of Alaska lies within the story of Fort Seward. We invite you to wander through these historical alleys as we share with you the story of our beloved hometown.

Tour Producer


Alaska Mountain Guides

The Premiere Shore Excursion Tour Operators in Skagway and Haines. Locally owned and operated for over 30 years.
We offer over 25 incredible tours and adventures in Skagway and Haines.

From an active strenuous hike to the top of a mountain, to a gentle float trip through the Bald Eagle Preserve, we have a tour for everyone. Delve into a cultural exploration of the native Tlingit people or enjoy an ATV adventure into the wilds of Alaska. Whether Zip-lining through the treetops of the Alaskan rainforest, kayaking amongst bears, eagles and salmon in a serene wilderness setting, or canoeing on an aquamarine alpine lake at White Pass; you’ll be sure to have the experience of a lifetime.

Major Landmarks

  • Tribal House

  • Fort Hospital

  • Captain House

  • Office Row

Directions to Starting Point

The tour will star at the Port Chilkoot Cruise Terminal. The white building with the "Information" sign at the end of the pier.

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Places to stop along the way

Tribal House and Hospital

Best time of day

All day


Be aware of your surroundings as some street do not have sidewalks.


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Fort Seward: An introduction to Alaska’s historical Port Chilkoot