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Old 11-14-2012, 06:38 AM   #1
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Alaska 2013 - Question about the Lumberjack Show

Hey everyone

Just taking our first look at potential excursions for our Alaska cruise and we want to check out the Lumberjack show

We will be in Vancouver for a few days before the cruise and will be visiting Grouse Mountain and see that the lumberjack show there is included in the price of a day pass

The other option is to go to the show in Ketchikan

Does anyone have experience of them both?

If the Ketchikan version is better we'll just skip it at Grouse Mountain but if there's not much in it we may as well catch the show in Vancouver and do something else in Ketchikan

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Old 11-14-2012, 08:13 AM   #2
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We spent five days in Vancouver before our Alaska cruise last summer...what a great city. Grouse Mountain is great...we saw the lumberjack show there. Now I don't have anything to compare it to, but it was entertaining! We all enjoyed it and it was part of your admission to the mountain. I would watch it at Grouse (if i remember correctly they happen a few times during the day) and spend your time in Ketchikan doing something else. We took a float plane and went to see bears...truly amazing!!!!
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Have you looked at/researched visiting Lynn Canyon in Vancouver instead of Grouse Mountain? It is less expensive and less touristy--and completely gorgeous! There is a suspension bridge there (although not quite the same sort as Grouse Mountain) and tons of beautiful trails. I took my family there this past summer and it was beautiful.

We did the lumberjack show in Ketchikan and it was loads of fun. We booked the Disney exclusive show and bought it directly through the shows website rather than through the ship--it saved us a few dollars. There was no difference in seating or anything like that. It was a terrific show and was a highlight of the day for my children.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:45 AM   #4
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Pretty much the same thing! I'd do the one at Grouse and skip the one in Ketchikan. Take your time a d explore creek street and other areas of the town. It was one of our fav stops.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:56 AM   #5
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Just be careful in Ketchikan. We took a morning excursion because we were told there was an 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. show. When we got to the stadium, we found out they only had one show at 8 a.m. and that was it for the day! I was very disappointed because I really wanted to see it!
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Fog may cancel shows on Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain and the Capilono suspension bridge are easy to do in a full day on your own in Vancouver. They are both easily accessible via public transportation.

Ketchikan has probably the most well-known Lumberjack show.

When we were on Grouse Mountain, all shows were cancelled due to thick fog. Luckily, the fog cleared for a view of our hotel before we decended.

If possible, I'd see both shows. If one is cancelled due to weather, then you have another chance.

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I've been wondering about this too as our DD really wants to see the Lumberjacks.

Thanks for the tip about fog cancelling the Vancouver shows, pjacobi!

It seems that the Ketchikan shows run in all weathers as the seating is covered and heated, so we'll probably book that one. If we have time (and it's running) we'll catch the one in Vancouver too when we go to Grouse Mountain and count that as a bonus.
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I've been wondering about this too as our DD really wants to see the Lumberjacks.

Thanks for the tip about fog cancelling the Vancouver shows, pjacobi!

It seems that the Ketchikan shows run in all weathers as the seating is covered and heated, so we'll probably book that one. If we have time (and it's running) we'll catch the one in Vancouver too when we go to Grouse Mountain and count that as a bonus.
I'm going to put this out there, but it may not be true next year. Previously, the Lumberjack show in Ketchikan that was booked through DCL had some of the characters particpating in the show.

But, I agree, that the show there is a bit corny and slow. But ok, if you really want to see one.

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Thanks for the tip about fog cancelling the Vancouver shows, pjacobi!
The Grouse Mountain fog that I experienced in 2007 was that thickest fog that I had ever seen with visibility of less than 10 feet! It was even too scary to walk around. Any show outside would have been totally impossible.

We found that the mountaintop cafe was reasonably priced and had an early lunch. In about an hour, the clouds blew away and were rewarded with a view all the way down to the port.

Public transport system was excellect!


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We were not happy with the version in Ketichan. It was just way to corny. Now I will tell you looking at Trip advisor, it had a lot of good reviews, but honestly it was just way to corny and too many bad jokes and not enough action from the lumberjacks.
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Thanks everyone for the great advice

We'll aim to see the show whilst in Vancouver and if there is a problem we can try and work in the Ketchikan show whilst we are there

Thanks again!
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Thanks everyone for the great advice

We'll aim to see the show whilst in Vancouver and if there is a problem we can try and work in the Ketchikan show whilst we are there

Thanks again!
It was not full when we were there in July 2012. No DCL might have sold out of tickets, but I bet the venue would have spaces available.
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How much time would you allow to visit Grouse Mountain? We have kids from ages 5 to 13, plus grandparents. A little hiking could be done, but nothing intense at all.
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How much time would you allow to visit Grouse Mountain? We have kids from ages 5 to 13, plus grandparents. A little hiking could be done, but nothing intense at all.
We spent the entire day there...from 9:30 until the last bus left around 5:00. We enjoyed watching the bears, the lumberjack show, the bird show and of course going to the top on the ski lift. The view was beautiful the day we were there. The workers and locals said it was the clearest it had been in a very long time.
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We spent the entire day there...from 9:30 until the last bus left around 5:00. We enjoyed watching the bears, the lumberjack show, the bird show and of course going to the top on the ski lift. The view was beautiful the day we were there. The workers and locals said it was the clearest it had been in a very long time.
I going to need to pay you to be my travel advisor. Can you get to top of grouse mountain without taking ski lift? My mom would love the bird show and the lumberjack show but would need to be sedated on a ski lift!
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