Timothy White is the Tour Owner and Director Local Radio Host on KRBD-FM Weds Night Rock and Blues.
He and his Son Eric run Both Ketchikan Taxi Cab Tours and Ketchikan Excursions
A family run business
Ketchikan Taxi Cab Tours, (KTCT), was formed by Kat and Dave Freeman 18 years ago in order to combine their love of travel and adventure into providing small, intimate, and affordable excursions to the many sights and attractions in Ketchikan, Alaska and we still do it the same way 18 years later.
Guides are local people that know the stories and the sights to see, so you get the real Ketchikan experience.
We know where our Bears and Eagles like to go and fish,and many times see the Whales feeding right off our shore
We provide a fun, relaxed and informative tour of our Island
We cover everything from totem pole parks and native culture to wildlife and the rain forest. We are the only tour company in Ketchikan that doesn't perform "set tours". Each group is different and unique which makes it fun for us too!
There are about 35 miles of road on the island and we are paralleling the inside passage as we drive from site to site. We pass through town, coming and going, giving an historical tour, maybe down one of Ketchikan's famous wooden roads, and Creek Street. This will also give you an idea of how town is situated when you are wandering around later on your own.
6 people can fit and have a window seat.
4 people is about our average tour size. We also have a number of vans if there are more than 6 people.
Tours average about 3-4 hours. We just pro-rate the time by the quarter hour.
Our tours run 3 hours
So a 3 hr tour is $260.00 our vans fit 6.
For 3 hours of fun what a deal
With our decades of experience traveling, touring, and guiding throughout the world we provide an intelligent, personal, narrated and fun tour of Ketchikan. We have taken the time to extensively study our island. Be prepared to hear stories about the history, geography, native culture, and nature in Ketchikan. We don’t waste time at over-priced gift stores or herding large groups of people as most excursions do. Instead, when you ride with us, we will advise the best shopping, restaurants, and museums offered downtown.
When taking an independent excursion a concern for the cruise ship passenger is the unfounded fear of not making it back to the ship in time. Many of the cruise ship websites mention this. We have never stranded a passenger in all our years of guiding. That would be the end of us!! We have the ship schedule with us at all time. Every morning the routine is to make a daily schedule of ships, ferries, and Alaska airlines arrival and departure times.
Since 2008 Ketchikan now has 4 cruise ship docks. When your tour is booked with us we then designate an exact time and place to meet within a 100 yards or less of your ship.
We will be waiting with your name sign
We exchange cellphone numbers just in case!
We also mention to our cruise ship groups: The earlier the better to start your tour. Many cruise ships arrive at 6-7am. By 7-8am we can be on our way! While most people are waiting in line to get on a bus with 50 people we are already at a salmon river or totem pole park by ourselves. The experience you will have is much more enjoyable. Our small groups always appreciate this inside tip.
2018 update: Our popularity and excellent reputation have risen dramatically in the past few years. Our website is currently in the top 5 on Yahoo and Google web searches for Ketchikan excursions. It is best to book early!.
Interested travellers who would like more information or book an excursion, please e-mail or phone us. We pride ourselves in responding to your e-mail within 24 hours!
Feel free to read some of our Comments from our guest list from previous years.
Ketchikan is on the west coast of Revillagigedo Island near the southern boundary of Alaska. (We call it Revilla for short!). The name comes from the Tlingit word “kitschk-hin”, which means thundering wings of an eagle. At certain tides in Ketchikan Creek, among the rocks and current, one can visualize an eagle with his wings spread. Revilla Island is a part of the largest temperate rainforest in the world. Ketchikan receives only about 30 inches of snow but around 13 feet of rain per year! Winters can be cool but usually around the 30’s. Summers are mild with temperatures in the 60’s but often in the 70’s and 80’s. During the summer solstice Ketchikan has up to 20 hours of daylight. Our groups wonder how to dress: light layers, hat or cap, walking shoes, and don't forget the sunglasses!
In the 1880’s the first white settlers came here mainly for the salmon. At first there were salmon salteries, then later canneries, which gave Ketchikan the title of the Salmon Capital of the World. By the 1930’s 13 canneries were in operation producing more than 2 million cases of salmon per season with a value of $5million a year. During this time Ketchikan was the most populous city in Alaska. Salmon populations however were being decimated by the use of floating fish traps which allowed enormous amounts of salmon to be trapped and later brailed aboard scows to be taken to the canneries. The US government bought huge quantities of canned salmon during both World Wars. Alaska became a state in 1959 and subsequently put a ban to the fish traps. Salmon runs came back in the 1980’s but with the advent of fish farms mainly in Chile and Norway prices plummeted to pennies a pound. Today two canneries and a handful of cold storages are all that remains in Ketchikan.
Another business on the island was timber and pulp. A $50 million pulp mill was constructed at Ward Cove, just outside Ketchikan, in 1954. It supplied a desirable year around job for a seasonal working town. The pulp mills 50 year contract with the US Forest Service was cancelled in the 1990’s and the mill closed in 1997.
Today commercial fishing and harvesting timber are still around but tourism has taken over with close to a million tourists visiting Ketchikan yearly.
some shots of our great Island here
in S.E. Alaska.