More than just a boat ride. Board the Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for one of the most unique Alaskan experiences available.
Your three-hour tour will take you into the heart of Alaska and a family who has made the rivers of Alaska their way of life for five generations.
Chena Indian Village Walking Tour
Be immersed in frontier living first hand with a guided walking tour of an Athabascan Indian village. You’ll see an Athabascan Indian village with cabins made of spruce logs, a cache used for storing supplies, a primitive spruce bark hut and fur pelts. Our guides will explain how the wolf, fox, martin and beaver were used to provide food and protection in the harsh Arctic climate. They will also share how the Athabascans skillfully survived for over 10,000 years and how they adapted to village life and Western culture in the past century. At the end of your guided tour, you will have time to explore the village on your own, interact with our guides and visit dogs from Susan Butcher’s kennels.
Bush Pilot Demonstration
See an Alaskan bush pilot takeoff and land right next to the boat! Our pilot will share his stories of village life and explain the vital role planes play in remote Alaska.
Susan Butcher Kennels
Visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher as we pass Trailbreaker Kennels along the Chena River. Learn first hand about kennel life and the challenges that go into making a champion dogsled team. Dave Monson, Susan’s husband, or a senior handler at Trailbreaker Kennels share stories of life on the trails as puppies play in anticipation of joining the team. Keep your cameras ready; you will not want to miss the dog mushing demonstration!
Trading posts in the early days of Western contact were popular with people in Alaskan Villages, and that tradition continues with the Discovery Trading Post (on-board Discovery III) and Steamboat Landing (onshore). Both stores offer gifts and products that are unique to Alaska and the Native culture. To this day, we strive to follow Captain Jim’s commitment to give visitors “the best value at the best price” by offering Fairbanks’ largest selection of Alaskan souvenirs and gifts.
Alaska @ 40 Below Experience
Winter in Alaska can be really cold and chill you to the bone. Winter in Fairbanks, where it often drops to 40 degrees below zero or more, can be downright brutal. With “Alaska at 40 Below”, you’ll step into our specially designed subzero chamber where we keep it a brisk, you guessed it, 40 degrees below zero. That’s a mid-winter day in the upper Alaskan interior. It’s a truly unique experience and visiting Alaska wouldn’t be complete until you’ve tasted 40 below. That is, if your taste buds could function in that cold. Can you take the challenge?
Discovery Dining Hall
If you are hungry, join us for a hearty meal at Steamboat Landing at the Riverboat Discovery. Lunch is $11.95 per adult and $4.95 per child (not included in the Riverboat Discovery ticket price) and is all you can eat hearty miner’s stew (gluten-free beef stew with vegetables), rustic roasted vegetables (vegetarian), apple pecan salad, sourdough rolls and a brownie. We can accommodate every dietary need. Iced tea, ice water and coffee are complimentary; beer, wine and soda are available for purchase. Your meal is all you can eat and will be served family style; each component of the meal will be brought to your table and guests may serve themselves.