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Fox Island: Your Trip of a Lifetime Awaits

People come to Alaska for a variety of reasons. For the wildlife...for the mountains...for the isolation...for the adventure...for the bucket list...whatever their reason may be, there is one place that encompasses all that and more in my favorite place to spend time; Fox Island.

If it is wildlife you are looking for, Fox Island is a hub of activity for sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, puffin, salmon, humpback whales, and orcas. Being about 12 miles closer to the open ocean than Seward, Fox Island has the benefit of being in the feeding path of many of our marine animals. Fox Island is one of the few places in the world where orcs have been documented rubbing their bellies on the beach...the very same beach we launch our kayaking trips from. I was fortunate enough to be leading a trip on the water when this happened and it was a treat!

If you want mountains, Fox Island sits out in the middle of Resurrection Bay where you are able to glimpse the views of mountain tops created from two different tectonic plates that sit on opposite sides of the bay. Snow capped all summer long, our tallest peaks shoot up around 4,000-5,000 feet straight out of the water in a meeting between mountains and ocean that rivals any vista around the world.

If you like the isolation, a Fox Island trip may be just what you need. An already busy tourist town, Seward was put more in the spotlight by the national parks 100th anniversary celebration and a visit from President Obama last September. With several kayaking companies in town, Sunny Cove is the only one with an established base on the island and you will be sure to experience the peaceful nature of Alaska while on your trip. 

And if you are the adventurous type, there isn't a better place to explore than Fox Island. With trips that run from three hours to full day adventures, Fox Island has many route options depending on the weather, wildlife, and paddler abilities. And since you take a boat to the island, many of our trips and combined with a sightseeing tour of Resurrection Bay after you finish your paddle. 

When I first came to Alaska, I fell in love with this place I now call home. And of all the majestic and wonderful things you can see and do during your time in the Last Frontier State, make sure Fox Island is at the top of your list and check off that bucket list in style. It is a truly magical place and we look forward to seeing you out there on the water!

Looking over the Fox Island sand spit from one of the saddles between the island's mountain peaks.

Looking over the Fox Island sand spit from one of the saddles between the island's mountain peaks.

~ Danny

Winter in Seward, Alaska

We often get asked what Seward is like in the winter.  The answer is AMAZING! Sure, we have shorter daylight hours checking in at about 5 hours on the shortest day, but those short days lead to incredible light for long sunrises and sunset.

Sunrise, December 2015

Sunrise, December 2015

Sunset, December 2015.

Sunset, December 2015.

There's so much to do!  Cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, back-country skiing, sledding, heli-skiing, snow machining (snow mobiling to you out of staters), ice skating, kayaking, fishing, you name it.  If it's a winter sport it happens in Seward!

Exploring Grayling Lake

Exploring Grayling Lake

Skiing Exit Glacier Road

Skiing Exit Glacier Road

Walking in snow Small Boat Harbor

Walking in snow Small Boat Harbor

Most people think all the wildlife disappears in the winter, but that's not true with the exception of the Humpback Whales.  We often see tons of birds, sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals and eagles.

Juvenile Bald Eagle (and an unfortunate Common Murre)

Juvenile Bald Eagle (and an unfortunate Common Murre)

Harbor Seal

Harbor Seal

Yelloweyes

Yelloweyes

Sea Otter

Sea Otter

Stellar Sea Lions

Stellar Sea Lions

Seward is really an amazing place to live in the winter!