This 4-hour cruise aboard the Riverboat Discovery is one of Fairbanks' most popular tours. Transporation to the Riverboat Discovery departs from River's Edge Resort at 8:00am and 1:15pm. Enjoy the following attractions.
- See an Alaskan bush pilot display a short field takeoff and landing from a grass runway along the banks of the Chena River. Bush pilots and planes played a vital role in the pioneering of Alaska, succeeding the riverboats in Alaskan transportation history. Because of Alaska's vast remote areas, service by airplane was (and remains) essential to the timely delivery of necessary supplies. When bush planes first entered the country, sternwheelers ruled the transportation business. It didn't take long for the bush plane to prove its utility and send the riverboats into retirement.
- Visit the home and kennels of the late four time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher, as we pass Trail Breaker Kennels along the Chena River. Learn first hand about kennel life and the challenges that go into making a champion dogsled team. Share stories of life in the dog yard and on the trails, as puppies from this year's litter play in anticipation of joining the team.
- The highlight of the cruise is a one-hour stop at the Chena Indian Village, where Alaskan Native guides will take you on a guided tour. You'll see an Athabascan Indian village with cabins made of spruce logs, a cache used for storing supplies, 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.
Be sure and make Riverboat Discovery a part of your Fairbanks travel plans.