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Getting Here: Arriving in Sitka can be as majestic as exploring the city. Nestled between snow-capped mountains, a shimmering, island-filled bay and lush green forests that climb the rugged shores, is Sitka, Alaska. Getting here is easy on Alaska Airlines, and the view from the sky is amazing. Multiple daily flights provide a variety of options, and it’s just a short plane ride from Anchorage or Seattle. For a more scenic trip, hop aboard the Alaska Marine Highway a ferry system that treks up the beautiful northern Pacific Coast. Vehicles can be transported on board and private cabins are available. The more adventurous and budget-minded can choose to sleep in the viewing areas or on deck under the solarium. Sitka’s picturesque, mountain-lined shores are part of Alaska’s Inside Passage and a popular stop for both independent boaters and cruise ships. Cruisers seeking a personal, small ship experience will find it on Alaskan Dream Cruises, Fantasy Cruises, InnerSea Discoveries, Parker Guide Service or The Boat Company. Visitors who prefer a more traditional large ship experience can book through Holland America. Once in Sitka, getting around is simple. The downtown area is very walkable and the city prides itself on being bicycle friendly. To explore the road system outside of downtown, visitors can choose from car or bicycle rentals, taxi cabs, or the RIDE public bus system.

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Aerial view of Sitka - William Greer


t’s early morning and the sea is silent. Rolling fog wraps itself around the distant white-tipped volcanic peak. Bald eagles swoop upon early-rising anglers in search of the first salmon catch. Church bells chime from the onion domes of the Russian Orthodox Church; songbirds croon; shutters lift: the city slowly stirs from its slumber to greet another idyllic day. There’s nothing like waking up in Sitka. This charming island community located on Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska, boasts a rare blend of fascinating history, vibrant cultural highlights and boundless natural beauty. It is home to a stunning diversity of wildlife – with brown bears, bald eagles and humpback whales in close proximity – and has some of the finest fishing anywhere in the world. Baranof Island had been settled by Tlingit people for many millennia when the Russians arrived in search of sea otter pelts for the lucrative European fur trade in 1799. After fierce battles with the natives, the Russians eventually established a colony in 1804 – the capital of Russian America – and over the last 200+ years Sitka has evolved into a vibrant, multi-faceted community. Although the Russians departed in 1867, several remaining landmarks serve as a reminder of Sitka’s colonial days. Today, you’ll find a magnificent Orthodox cathedral, Russian Bishops House, and traditional Russian folk dances alongside time-honored Tlingit totems, regalia and

arts: from expert wood carving to intricate basket weaving; knitting and embroidery to silver jewelry making. Home to 8,500 people, Sitka has some of the most interesting shopping options in Alaska: the tender tinkle of the bell as you enter a quaint mom-and-pop store provides the soundtrack to any stay in Sitka. The city is also blessed with a wealth of dining options, many of which serve locallycaught wild seafood. Choose from the honest, home-cooked fare of longstanding local eateries to the high-end international cuisine of newer restaurants; enjoy coffee in one of Sitka’s signature cafés, or kick up your heels in a local bar with late-night music. The locals also pride themselves on the thriving arts scene, with regular live performances and festivals making for truly cultural weekends. Sitka’s charms extend far beyond humanity’s footprint. Alaska’s fourth-most-populous city is also renowned for the scale and beauty of its countless natural features, including thick green forests, clear mountain lakes, dramatic ice fields and craggy cliffside caves. Rubbing shoulders with the Pacific Ocean on one side and a looming mountain vista on the other, the city is in the perfect spot for a variety of open-air activities: from fishing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding to hiking, cycling and ATV riding. There is nothing quite like sitting in a raft by the rocky coast and watching the sun set over Mount Edgecumbe volcano.

Then there’s the flora and fauna. Baranof Island is blessed with an incredible variety of wildlife, roaming the land, swimming the oceans and piloting the skies. Permanent city residents include kingfishers, deer, bears and eagles, while seasonal visitors comprise otters, whales, sea lions and puffins – and all can be enjoyed at refreshingly close quarters, often when you least expect them! You can also enjoy dedicated wildlife sanctuaries, including the Alaska Raptor Center and the Fortress of the Bear, as well as the particular plant life of the city and its island, such as skunk cabbage, Alaskan blueberry and western hemlock. Whether you come for the cultural history, the amazing wildlife or the world-class fishing, as you watch the sun set over the high peaks, the fog disperse over the shining ocean and the fisherman return to the spruce-lined shore, you can retire to bed sure that tomorrow will be just as idyllic as today. – By Joseph Reaney //




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Historical Photo of Sitka - Sitka Historical Museum


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t’s a rainforest trail leading past a series of century-old totem poles, through towering evergreens swaying in the breeze. The cool air electrified by songs of wild birds, the rushing waters of Indian River, and the knowledge that one of Alaska’s most epic battles took place more than 200 years ago on this very soil in the Sitka National Historical Park. Sitka is a place where stories of the past come to life, and history is tucked into every corner. The Tlingit settled in the area thousands of years ago, living off of the land and the sea. They established and named the town Sheet’ka, which was later Anglicized to Sitka. Russians first arrived in 1799 in search of sea otter pelts for the lucrative fur trade. After several fierce, back-and-forth battles with the Tlingit, the Russians finally established a colony in 1804. This fortified settlement was named “New Archangel” and served as the capital of Russian America and the center of their worldwide fur trade. New Archangel became the most populated city on the West Coast, and was nicknamed the ‘Paris of the Pacific’ due to its culture of high society.

Tlingit Masks - Patrick Endres

Castle Hill was the site of the ceremonial transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States on October 18th 1867, and it still shows the remnants of Russian rule. Sitka commemorates the transfer each year with a week-long Alaska Day Festival that culminates on October 18th with a parade and reenactment ceremony. Besides being the birthplace of the Alaskan Territory, Sitka also served as its capital for nearly 40 years. Those who desire to immerse themselves in both famous and lesser-known stories of Sitka will be delighted with the Sitka Historical Museum, where the Tlingit, Russian, and American eras spring to life through a variety of exhibits and artifacts. With such a diverse history, it’s no wonder that this small, picturesque city has 22 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Centennial Totem - Craig Smith


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s the aroma of a cedar fire wafts through the air, native dancers leap and twirl on stage to a pulsing drum beat, their red robes and beaded vests fluttering as they perform a traditional Tlingit dance. In Sitka, some traditions have existed for thousands of years. Distinct influences of Sitka’s indigenous people, Russian colonists, and Finnish settlers create a unique local character. Within just a half-mile walk you’ll find a Tlingit community house, rare Russian architecture, and a Lutheran church founded in 1840 by Finnish immigrants which was the first Protestant church on the Pacific coast. Massive totemic panels stand watch outside the Sheet’ka Kwaán Naa Kahídi, a theater built in the style of a community clan house. Inside, the stage backdrop is fashioned from giant cedar panels that have been adorned with hand-carved totemic designs and painted in traditional colors. A central fire pit and tiered seating creates an unforgettable setting for the Naa Kahídi Dancers, who offer stirring performances of ancient songs and dances of the Tlingit people.

St. Michael’s Cathedral and Naa Kahidi Dancers - Clark Mishler

Explore the state’s largest collection of Alaska Native artifacts at the Sheldon Jackson Museum where native artisans demonstrate age-old crafts while visitors gaze upon more than 5,000 pieces contained in the collection. Step back in time with a visit to the Russian Bishop’s House, one of the only remaining examples of Russian log architecture in the Western Hemisphere. Located in central downtown, the building was completed in 1842 and served as the seat of the Russian Orthodox Diocese which spanned from California to Siberian Kamchatka. Today, the historic site looks much like it did at its commencement and is adorned with period furniture and ornate iconography. Nearby, the prominent onion-shaped domes of St. Michael’s Cathedral mark the Sitka skyline as they have for nearly two centuries. Those who venture inside the active Russian Orthodox church will discover a remarkable collection of religious art, with pieces believed to date back to the 17th century.

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Energetic new life is breathed into Sitka’s Russian history by the New Archangel Dancers. This all-female troupe provides remarkable entertainment through a variety of dance renditions that represent the cultures of Russia and surrounding areas.


Catch of the Day - Don Larson


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t is a sensation like no other. The tip of your SALTWATER FISHING fishing rod springs to life and bends furiously toward the water. On the other end of the line: a notorious fighter, the King salmon. The colossal fish dodges and dives, testing the reel’s drag and your upper body strength. For the avid angler looking for a great fish story, Sitka is a dream come true. The surrounding waters have the highest saltwater catch rate for King Salmon in the state of Alaska, not to mention world-class halibut fishing.


Catch that mountable Chinook and trophy halibut with one of Sitka’s many fishing guide services or combine convenience with the fishing trip of a lifetime by booking a multi-day package that includes lodging, daily fishing trips, in-town transportation and food. For fishermen who prefer the finesse and control of the fly, inland rivers are ripe with different species of salmon and trout, depending on the season. Join a guide company that specializes in freshwater fishing, and travel by plane and boat to freshwater sites around Sitka. The secluded, untapped streams make for high quality angling trips. Put your angling skills to the ultimate test at the annual Sitka Salmon Derby. Local and visiting fishermen spend the two weekends around Memorial Day competing for tens of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Although each salmon holds the promise of a possible prize, the real hope is to land the biggest salmon of the derby and walk away with the prestigious title and all the awards that go with it.




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risp, early morning air fills your lungs as the sun glistens tranquilly across the surrounding ocean. Without warning, the surface of the water nearby breaks open to reveal the smooth, glossy back of a humpback whale. The massive creature emerges with majestic grandeur, rolling the length of its body above the surface and raising its white-patched tail in final salute before disappearing into the deep.


The water and land surrounding Sitka are well known for abundant and diverse wildlife.

Humpback Whale - Alaska Stock

Whether you dream of having an experience with one of the largest mammals on earth or watching loveable sea otters floating with their babies, a wildlife boat tour will bring your dreams within easy reach. Each excursion promises a unique showing of wild neighbors. For whale watching at its peak, come to Sitka in November for Sitka WhaleFest, when our surrounding waters are teeming with whales prior to their winter migration. Besides whales and sea otters, expect to see seals, sea lions and a variety of sea birds, such as puffins, rhinoceros auklets, murres and black oystercatchers.

On the shore, plentiful bald eagles hunt from tall pines, brown bears grab salmon from freshwater streams and the aptly named Sitka black-tailed deer forage for food. Join a guided sightseeing tour to seek inland animals, view marine life from the shores, and visit some of our wildlife centers. The Sitka Sound Science Center brings sea life to you. See a rearticulated killer whale that washed up on a nearby shore, and get a tactile experience with one of many touch tanks that encourages hands-on interaction with starfish, anemones, abalone and barnacles. The facility also breeds four different types of salmon, serves as a hatchery, and releases smolts into Sitka Sound each May. A memorable experience with coastal brown bears awaits you at the Fortress of the Bear, a refuge for orphaned brown bears cubs who would otherwise be euthanized. The sanctuary allows visitors to see bears at play in a naturalized environment. Have a close-encounter with majestic bald eagles at the Alaska Raptor Center, a sanctuary that helps to rehabilitate injured raptors and release them back into the wild. Many other birds of prey from around the state can be viewed on site, including greathorned owls, golden eagles and red-tailed hawks. •

Bald Eagle - Clark Mishler


Bear Lake on Bear Mountain - Alaska Stock


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liding gently through the calm waters of the sound, you breathe deeply to allow the heady mix of salt water and evergreen trees to fill your senses. It’s hard to believe that just a short while ago you were in the middle of downtown, and now the only audible sounds are those of nature, punctuated by the gentle whoosh of your paddle as it propels your kayak through the cool water. Navigating between forested islands and through narrow channels, a deep sense of reverence and wonderment grows within you as you begin to realize the size, scope, and beauty of the wilderness that you have become enveloped in. Beyond the city of Sitka’s tiny footprint sits thousands of square miles of unadulterated, purely wild, untouched country that includes northern rainforests, freshwater rivers, inland bays, snowcapped mountains and a dormant volcano. For those that seek boundless adventure in the great-out-of-doors, Sitka delivers beyond your wildest dreams. Motor over the backcountry on a four-wheeler with an ATV tour, explore volcanic caves at the base of Mt. Edgecumbe on an ocean raft adventure, head to the skies to get an aerial view of Alaskan Alaska ATV Tours - Ken Rear wilderness on a flightseeing excursion, or paddle through the harbor and surrounding islands with a kayak tour or rental, a personalized way to observe sea life. Those who prefer to spend their outdoor time on a golf course will enjoy the amazing views from the Sea Mountain Golf Course while testing their shot strategy with challenging elevation changes and tight fairways Active adventurers can lace up and tackle the island’s many hiking trails, or rent a bicycle at the local bike shop and check out dozens of routes around Sitka and Baranof Island – from smooth and easy rides to rugged terrain with steep climbs and descents. Outdoor equipment and fly fishing rentals are available for those who want to spend time in the wilderness on their own terms.

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This guide has been developed for reference purposes only. The authors make no representations concerning the actual condition of the facilities depicted hereon. This guide made possible with the generous support of the National Park Service Challenge Cost-Share Program, Alaska State Parks, Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau, SEARHC, USDA Forest Service, Sitka Trail Works and the City & Borough of Sitka. Links to additional info on health, safety and activity options at Map credit: Reber Stein


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s the bow dances back and forth across the strings, the 300-year-old cello responds to the masterful ministrations of the artist. The hollow body reverberates with Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, the tones escalating and intensifying. While the air around you resonates with unbelievably rich symphonic notes, your eyes feast on the backdrop: forested islands sprinkled across a glistening ocean and mountains rising dramatically from the sea. Sitka’s inspirational setting and eclectic atmosphere attract celebrated artists from around the world. There’s a bustling arts scene throughout the summer with Sitka Fest! This arts extravaganza combines the Sitka Summer Music Festival, Sitka Fine Arts Camp, science and humanities symposiums, art shares, and culinary parties. It is difficult to imagine a more beautiful site for the Sitka Summer Music Festival, which attracts worldrenown chamber musicians. The stage at the Harrigan Centennial Hall is backed by floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide stunning views of Sitka Sound throughout the performances. Promising young artists come from throughout Alaska and the United States for the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, recognized as an outstanding arts program by the White House and the National Endowment for the Arts. Nightly art shares allow locals and visitors to see the variety and caliber of talent embodied in the faculty and students. HomeSkillet Fest brings in bands from around the nation to play everything from hip-hop to folk to blues. The weekend festival is put on by a local music label, also called HomeSkillet. The Monthly Grind is a popular variety show that opens its doors to local performers during the fall, winter, and spring months. Variety is the key word, and each show features a unique set of acts. Tickets are cheap, and those who bring a homemade dessert get their admission refunded at the door. In January and early February, the Sitka Jazz Festival brings in jazz musicians from around the world to teach and perform. Clinics in jazz history, theory and improvisation helps musicians refine their craft, while concerts from local and international artists provide evening entertainment. Each spring, The Greater Sitka Arts Council hosts ArtiGras: a music and arts festival on the edge of the great Alaskan frontier. The arts celebration features performances and concerts from visiting and local musicians, a wearable arts show, presentations and classes, and gallery walks.

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Dove Island Lodge… A True Alaskan Adventure Extravagence amidst isolation is what our clients expect when they visit Alaska’s finest private island adventure fishing lodge.

• Remote ATV fishing/sightseeing expeditions • Flyout remote fishing aboard our Beaver floatplane. • Saltwater fishing aboard our 36ft by 12ft Coldwater Sport fishing boats. • World class chefs that provide 5 course gourmet dinners nightly. • Full bar with numerous fine scotches and cognacs and the largest wine list in Alaska • All two room suites and cabins have oceanfront balconies with private hot tubs. • Lodge located on an exclusive private island, 5 minutes from downtown Sitka. • Owner operated lodge with over 25 years experience.

Contact us for more information at: Dove Island Lodge is proud to be a USFS permit holder for the 907-747-5660 or Toll free: 888-318-3474 Tongass National Forest, and an equal opportunity employer. Circle #1 on Reader Service Card

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STEP ABOARD. Allow our crew to assist you in personally designing your Alaskan experience of a lifetime. Whether you are seeking the majestic salmon, delicious halibut or one of our trophy saltwater species, we are here to assist you in making that dream come true. What’s included: • You will be guided 10 hours each day by an experienced, licensed captain and deck hand. • You will fish aboard one of our Coast Guard licensed vessels equipped with the latest in electronics and all the creature comforts of home. • Unlimited fish processing, vacuum sealing, labeling, freezing and boxing of your catch each day. • All required fishing licenses and stamps. • All fishing gear and tackle. Names like G. Loomis, Lamiglas, Seeker, Shimano, Penn and other quality brands. We even supply rain gear and boots. • Deluxe lodging each night. • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and soft drinks. • All ground transportation in Sitka.

(888) 966-2322 or (907) 966-2322 or email or visit

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HOTELS / MOTELS Accommodations . . . . . . . . . 20-23 Hotels / Motels . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Bed & Breakfasts . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Camping / Cabins / RVs . . . . . . 21 Lodges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-22 Vacation Rentals . . . . . . . . . 22-23 Reservation Service . . . . . . . . . 23 Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24

Cascade Inn (See ad on page 22) 2035 Halibut Point Road • (800)532-0908 (907)747-6804 • P Breathtaking view, all waterfront rooms. Cedar wood sauna available on the downstairs deck. Convenience store right next door. Enjoy the beauty of Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe. Eagle Bay Inn 1321 Sawmill Creek Road • (907)623-9973 (907)738-0847 cell • P

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Fly-In Fish Inn 485 Katlian Street • (907)747-7910 •

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Shee Atiká Totem Square Inn

Cruises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Guided Sightseeing Tours . . 26-27 City Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Flightseeing Tours . . . . . . . . . . 26 Wildlife Boat Tours. . . . . . . . 26-27 Outdoor Activities . . . . . . . . 27-28 All-Terrain Vehicles . . . . . . . . . 27 Bicycle Rentals and Tours . . . . . 27

(See ad on this page) 201 Katlian Street • (866)300-1353 (907)747-3693 • Waterfront hotel in historic downtown with beautiful views and great service. Shee Atiká offers complimentary continental breakfast. Airport shuttle service, Alaska Air Miles, High Speed Internet, restaurant, exercise equipment and laundry. Refrigerators and microwaves, flat screen TV’s. On site Country Store and gift shop, tour dock and more. P

Sitka Hotel (See ad on page 28) 118 Lincoln Street • (907)747-3288 • Downtown 41 room hotel remodeled in 19th century Victorian theme. Rooms to fit all budgets from water view suites with kitchens to budget European rooms, full service restaurant, smoke-free lounge. P Sitka Super 8 (See ad on page 29) 404 Sawmill Creek Road • (907)747-8804 P Westmark Sitka Hotel (See ad on page 22) 330 Seward Street • (800)544-0970 (907)747-6241 P

BED & BREAKFASTS Alaska Ocean View Bed & Breakfast Inn 1101 Edgecumbe Drive • (907)747-8310 Absolutely wonderful, award winning, popular accommodation includes delicious breakfast served overlooking water. Special diets accommodated including raw, vegan, vegetarian. Organics. Espresso. Amenity loaded rooms with exceptionally comfortable K/Q beds, refrigerator, microwave. Hot-tub. WiFi. Outstanding hospitality. Central location. Concierge. Affordable.

Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Kayak Rentals / Tours . . . . . . . 27 Rentals & Equipment . . . . . . . . 28 Organizations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Restaurants . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29


Shops / Galleries . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Ground Transport . . . . . . . . . . 30 Water Transport . . . . . . . . . . . 30 To / From Sitka . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Visitor Services . . . . . . . . . . 30-31 Banking / Financial. . . . . . . . . . 30 Fishing / Marine Supplies . . . . . 30 Groceries / Liquor Stores / Bars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Waterfront Hotel in Historic Downtown Sitka

Your Ultimate Stay While You Fish • Full Service Restaurant and Lounge • Heated Outside Deck WiFi • Airport Shuttle • Charter Dock • Alaska Airline Miles • Fitness Room • Gift Shop

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Baranof’s Best Fish n’ Chips and Home of the Hungry Bear Deck ➥

Office Supplies / Services . . . . . 31 Port Services / Moorage . . . . . . 31

866.300.1353 201 Katlian Street

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Alaska Swan Lake Bed & Breakfast 206-1/2 Lakeview Drive (907)747-5746 • (907)747-3917 message Cozy sitting room offers view of mountains silhouetted at sunrise, painted by sunset over historic Swan Lake. Alaskan hospitality, light continental breakfast, private baths, comfy beds. Short stroll to activities. An Otter’s Cove Bed-N-Breakfast 3211 Halibut Point Road • (907)747-4529 Annahootz Bed & Breakfast PO Box 2870 • (907)747-6498 Our bedroom suites feature private outside entrance, full baths, sitting rooms, mini kitchens, outside deck and WiFi. Centrally located. A short stroll to harbors, charters, downtown and points of interest. Ann’s Gavan Hill Bed & Breakfast 415 Arrowhead Street • (907)747-8023 P Baranof Island B & B 401 Charteris Street • (907)747-8306 Cinnamon Bear Bed & Breakfast 117 Darrin Drive • (907)747-3141 Circle #4 on Reader Service Card

Dove Island B & B and Lodge


(See ad on page 18) PO Box 1512 • (888)318-3474 (907)747-5660 • (907)738-0856 cell

For more information, visit and click on “Stay” and “Camping/Hostel/RV Parks” Sealing Cove RV Parking On Japonski Island, adjacent to Sealing Cove Boat Harbor. (907)747-3439 Sitka Harbor Master harbor/RVParking.html

Hannah’s Bed & Breakfast 504 Monastery Street • (907)747-8309 Helga’s B & B by the Sea 2827 Halibut Point Road (907)747-5497 • Indian Village B & B 215 Kaagwaantaan • (907)747-5845

Sitka Sportsman’s Association RV Park & Camping Site 5211 Halibut Point Road • (907)738-0176 • P Waterfront, next to ferry terminal, 7 miles from downtown, RV and tent sites, water, electric and sewer, hot showers. Easy kayak entry. Close to estuary trail, popular for wild flower photography. U.S. Forest Service/Sitka Ranger District 204 Siginaka Way • (907)747-6671

Jamestown Bay B & B 117 Jamestown Drive (907)747-5643 • (907)738-5643 cell Raven’s Peek Bed & Breakfast 4260 Halibut Point Road • (907)738-0140 cell Seaview Bed N’ Breakfast PO Box 938 • (907)747-3908 (907)738-1605 cell Ocean view, pleasant accommodations. Separate bedroom, private bath, sitting room, full kitchen with private entrance. Your home away from home at 1605 Davidoff Street. Walking distance from downtown.

LODGES Baranof Wilderness Lodge (See ad on page 24) PO Box 2187 • (800)613-6551 (907)738-3597 cell Personalized wilderness lodge – remote of Sitka, with unpressured water. Diverse salt and freshwater fishery. Whale watching, sea kayaking, natural hot springs. One for your bucket list!


HarborHeights Penthouse S itka , a laSka (866) 747-1032 toll free

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Dove Island Lodge


(See ad on page 18) PO Box 1512 • (888)318-3474 (907)747-5660 • (907)738-0856 cell

Above the Sound 102 Kincroft Way • (907)747-3872 (907)738-0176 cell •

Fishermen’s Inn PO Box 8092 • Port Alexander, AK 99836 (907)568-2399 • (480)225-2217 cell •

Biorka Guest House - In Town 611 Biorka Street • (907)747-3111 message (907)738-7333 cell •

IslandView Resort and Charters

Chocolate Moose Vacation Rental 104 Lincoln Street (mailing) • (907)747-5159

Talon Lodge

Cottages on Monastery 207 Monastery Street (907)747-8123 • (907)738-7884 cell

(See ad on page 23) 4405 Halibut Point Road • (888)998-6544 (907)747-6544 • (See ad on page 31) PO Box 6506 • (800)536-1864 •

Wild Strawberry Lodge

(See ad on page 25) 724 Siginaka Way • (800)770-2628 (907)747-3232 World Class salmon and halibut fishing! Multi-day fishing/lodging packages. Deluxe home cooking featuring fresh seafood. We promise “Warm Genuine Alaskan Hospitality” and memorable Alaskan experiences at Wild Strawberry Lodge. B & B lodging available off-season.

Dreaming Bear Suites 405 Etolin Way • (907)747-8601 Charming and cozy studio apartments in the heart of downtown, close to harbor, cafés and attractions. Full kitchen, deck, garden. Sleeps 3-5. Pets on approval. Smoke-free. Seasonal rates. WiFi. Fairweather Vacation Rental 308 Monastery Street • (907)747-8601 Cozy one bedroom, private, comfortable apartment located downtown close to the harbor, cafés, attractions. Full kitchen, deck, garden. Sleeps 4-6. Pets on approval. Smoke-free. Seasonal rates. Free high speed internet.

Forty Winks 211 Seward Street • (907)747-6460 • Frank & Gloria’s Place 109 Sand Dollar Drive • (907)747-8711 •

Harbor Heights Penthouse (See ad on page 21) 329 Harbor Drive • (907)747-1032

IslandView Resort and Charters

(See ad on page 23) 4405 Halibut Point Rd • (888)998-6544 (907)747-6544 • Mountain Ash House 300 Monastery Street • (907)747-3365

Sharon’s Cabin on the Sound

(See ad on page 21) 2821 Halibut Point Road • (907)738-0176 cell Sitka Rock Suites 4256/4257 Halibut Point Road (907)738-1710 cell • Perfect when your stay is longer, waterfront and waterview: 2bd, 1bd & studio suites. Fully furnished, kitchen, phone, cable T.V., wireless, laundry. Ideal for vacation & business stays. Smoke & pet free. Seasonal (May-Sept.), Off Seasonal (Sept.-April) monthly, weekly, daily rates.

Sitka, Alaska

• All Waterfront Rooms • Oceanfront Cedar Sauna • Kitchenettes Available Affordable • Laundry Facilities Luxury • All Nonsmoking Rooms on the • Free Wireless Internet Waterfront • Sportfishing Charters • SAVE with Combined Packages through Big Blue Charters!

Owner Karen Keating Call 1-800-532-0908 Circle #6 on Reader Service Card


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All addresses are Sitka, Alaska 99835 unless otherwise noted.

Sitka’s Home Away From Home 236 Lincoln Street, Suite 103 (mailing) (800)478-8558 • (907)747-8558 • Sitka’s Scenic Vacation Rental 100 Johnson Street • (907)747-8790 (907)738-3405 cell •

The Loft at Fisherman’s Quay (See ad on page 27) 475 Katlian Street • (907)747-8344

RESERVATION SERVICE Welcome Home Vacations

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(See ad on page 21) 210 Lake Street, Suite B • (907)738-0176 cell

Alaska Raptor Center

(See ad on this page) 1000 Raptor Way • (800)643-9425 (907)747-8662 • Experience eagles up-close! Alaska Raptor Center, a world-class wild bird hospital and educational center, offers 25 raptors in natural habitats. See eagles flying in state-of-the-art eagle flight center. P

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Fortress of the Bear

(See ad on page 29) Located 6 miles from downtown 4639 Sawmill Creek Road • (907)747-3032

New Archangel Dancers

(See ad on this page) 208 Smith Street • (907)747-5516 Celebrating Sitka’s Russian heritage by performing lively, authentic, and professionally choreographed folk dances from Russia and surrounding regions. Regular summer shows are performed at Harrigan Centennial Hall in downtown Sitka. P St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church National Historic Landmark 240 Lincoln Street • (907)747-8120 P

Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Dancers and Community House (See ad on page 26) 200 Katlian Street • (888)270-8687 (907)747-7290 P

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All addresses are Sitka, Alaska 99835 unless otherwise noted.


Fantasy Cruises, Inc. 1121 NW 45th Street • Seattle, WA 98107 (800)234-3861 • (206)328-4145 InnerSea Discoveries 3826 18TH Avenue West • Seattle, WA 98119 (206)284-0300 Parker Guide Service PO Box 6290 • (907)747-6026 The Boat Company PO Box 1839 • Poulsbo, WA 98370 (877)647-8268 Celebrating over 30 years of Cruising, Conservation, Education and Fishing. The Boat Company is your one stop shop for hiking, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, sightseeing, photography and the only non-profit offering itineraries and activities tailored to your interests! Custom 8-day / 7-night all inclusive “Eco-Luxe” aboard our well-appointed vessels: the 20 passenger M/V LISERON and the 24 passenger M/V MIST COVE. May to September.

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Alaska Day Festival (October) PO Box 1355 • Sitka Fine Arts Camp PO Box 3086 • (907)747-3085 Sitka Seafood Festival (928)607-4845 •

Sitka Summer Music Festival (June) (See ad on page 27) PO Box 3333 • (907)747-6774 We invite you to share the power of great music. The international artists of the Festival express the human experience through magnificent music. Join us June 7-28, 2013! Sitka WhaleFest (November) 834 Lincoln Street • (907)747-8878

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Sheldon Jackson Museum National Historic Site 104 College Drive • (907)747-8981 • http://museums. P Sitka Historical Museum Sitka Historical Society 330 Harbor Drive • (907)747-6455 P Sitka National Historical Park 106 Metlakatla Street • (907)747-0110 P Sitka Sound Science Center 834 Lincoln Street • (907)747-8878


Alaska Marine Highway

(See ad on page 28) 7559 North Tongass Highway Ketchikan, AK 99901 • (800)642-0066 Alaskan Dream Cruises 1512 Sawmill Creek Road (855)747-8100 • See True Alaska With True Alaskans. Operates May through September offering 8, 10 and 11-day cruises on 42 to 66 passenger adventure ships. Over 15 Southeast Alaska ports of call starting in Sitka or Ketchikan. All shore excursions are complimentary.

ABC Island Guides 3004 Barker Street • (907)738-3141 cell Action Alaska PO Box 2222 • (877)934-7446 (907)747-1010 • (907)738-7311 cell Alaska Adventures Unlimited, Inc. PO Box 6244 • (907)747-5576

All addresses are Sitka, Alaska 99835 unless otherwise noted.

Alaska Getaway 1009 Halibut Point Road • (866)944-3474 (907)966-3474 •

Alaska Premier Charters, Inc.

(See ad on this page) PO Box 2300 • (800)770-2628 • (907)747-3232 World-class salmon and halibut fishing! Multi-day fishing/lodging packages. We promise “Warm Genuine Alaskan Hospitality” and memorable Alaskan experiences at Wild Strawberry Lodge. Saltwater Sportfishing at its finest!

Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

(See ad on page 19) PO Box 1825 • (888)966-2322 • (907)966-2322 (907)738-3322 cell •


Special Use Permit Holder Tongass National Forest

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Angling Unlimited, Inc. 4256 Halibut Point Road • (800)297-3380 (907)747-3736 •

Annahootz Alaskan Adventures

(See ad on this page) PO Box 52 • (907)747-2608 • (907)738-0996 cell •

Baranof Wilderness Lodge (See ad on page 24) PO Box 2187 • (800)613-6551 (907)738-3597 cell •

Beyond Boundaries Expeditions

• Floathouse Rentals • Fishing Charter Packages • Marine Wildlife Tours • Hunting Packages (Deer, Bear, Goat) 907-747-2608 or (cell) 907-738-0996 Email: Circle #14 on Reader Service Card

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(See ad on page 24) PO Box 2187 • (800)613-6551 (907)738-3597 cell •

Big Blue Charters

(See ad on page 24) PO Box 2956 • (877)747-5161 • (907)747-5161

Charter Alaska

(See ad on this page) 236 Lincoln Street, Suite 103 (mailing) (800)478-8558 • (907)747-8558

Classic Casting Adventures

(See ad on this page) PO Box 6398 • (907)738-2737 cell • We specialize in freshwater fishing excursions for Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout. Rivers are accessed by boat and float plane. We primarily fly-fish, however, spin casting is available. Waders and fishing gear provided.

Dove Island Lodge

(See ad on page 18) PO Box 1512 • (888)318-3474 (907)747-5660 • (907)738-0856 cell False Island Wilderness Lodge PO Box 784 • (866)747-8056

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All addresses are Sitka, Alaska 99835 unless otherwise noted.


Frontier Charters & Lodge 3922 Halibut Point Road • (800)388-1218 (907)747-5602 •

Sitka Wildlife Tours (907)738-1733 cell • (907)738-0176 cell

IslandView Resort and Charters

Sitka Salmon Tours 201 Lincoln Street, #4 • (907)747-7509

(See ad on page 23) 4405 Halibut Point Road • (888)998-6544 (907)747-6544 •


Kingfisher Charters and Lodge PO Box 1781 • (800)727-6136 (907)747-6136 •

traditional. dynamic.

Parker Guide Service PO Box 6290 • (907)747-6026

in our ancestors spirit.

Talon Lodge (See ad on page 31) PO Box 6506 • (800)536-1864 •

FLIGHTSEEING TOURS Dove Island Lodge (See ad on page 18) PO Box 1512 • (888)318-3474 • (907)747-5660 (907)738-0856 cell Dove Island Lodge offers guided and unguided half and full day excursions to Southeast Alaska’s lakes and streams. Imagine flying out and fishing for Rainbow, Cutthroat, Salmon, or Steelhead in our deHavilland Beaver Floatplane.

Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. CITY TOURS Sitka Tribal Tours (See ad on this page)

sitka tribal tours 888.270.8687 Circle #17 on Reader Service Card

204 Katlian Street • (888)270-8687 (907)747-7290 Learn about the Tlingit native way of life and their living culture with Sitka Tribal Tours. Our modern coaches provide comfortable viewing while experiencing authentic Sitka.

(See ad on page 30) 400 Airport Road • (877)966-3050 (907)966-3050 • Harris Air offers flight-seeing tours in our deHavilland Beaver and Cessna 185. Passengers get the chance to see glacier-ice fields, bears, mountain goats, whales and more. Tours include a water landing at a remote lake. We also offer a Bush Pilot and Glacier Bay Tour, call for information and pricing.

WILDLIFE BOAT TOURS AAA Captain Black Bart’s Charters 2716 Halibut Point Road, Suite 13 (907)747-7416 • (907)738-6542 cell Alaskan Seagypsy Adventures 1960 Halibut Point Road • (907)747-8383

Allen Marine Tours (See ad on page 27) Sitka Wildlife Quest PO Box 1049 • (888)747-8101 • (907)747-8100 Cruise Sitka Sound with Alaska’s most experienced tour company. For over 40 years, it has been our privilege to transform the Alaska dreams you bring with you... into a perfect day filled with memories to last a lifetime.

Annahootz Alaskan Adventures (See ad on page 25) PO Box 52 • (907)747-2608 (907)738-0996 cell •

Dove Island Lodge (See ad on page 18) PO Box 1512 • (888)318-3474 • (907)747-5660 (907)738-0856 cell Circle #18 on Reader Service Card


All addresses are Sitka, Alaska 99835 unless otherwise noted.

Esther G Sea Tours 215 Shotgun Alley • (907)747-6481 (907)738-6481 cell • Join us for spectacular marine wildlife tours in Sitka! Experience marine mammals, the magic of Saint Lazaria Island National Seabird Refuge and the breathtaking beauty of the Tongass National Forest.

Located on Sitka’s Down-Town Waterfront • The Loft: Sleeps up to 8, offers commanding views of sunset islands to the Northwest and Sitka Channel vessel activities from the balcony.

Ocean Raft Adventures (See ad on page 26) Greenling Enterprises LLC PO Box 132 • (866)966-2301 • (907)966-2301 Enjoy thrilling rides aboard an ocean raft in the awe inspiring setting of Sitka Sound. Have fun, exploring mysterious sea caves, viewing awesome volcanic rock formations and watching incredible wildlife.

• The Bunkhouse: 2 large adjoining units, sleeps 7 & 10 with 3 privacy bedrooms. Fully appointed kitchens, living and dining. Fisherman’s Quay, Ph: 907-747-8334 475 Katlian Street, Sitka, AK 99835

RESERVATIONS: 1-800-750-4712

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Join us for the

Sitka Sound Tours 312 Cascade Street • (907)738-1190 cell

Sitka Summer Music Festival! •

Sitka’s Secrets 500 Lincoln Street, Unit B9 • (907)747-5089 •

The best in classical music every June since 1972.


(See ad on page 26) Greenling Enterprises LLC • PO Box 132 (907)966-2301 • Alaska ATV Tours offers all inclusive guided OHV tours in the Tongass National Forest. Enjoy spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Watch Bears in a natural setting, view incredible wildflower meadows and have a picnic on a beautiful ocean beach.

Please check for dates and details. Circle #20 on Reader Service Card

BICYCLE RENTALS AND TOURS Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop 329 Harbor Drive • (907)747-6317

GOLF Sea Mountain Golf Course 301 Granite Creek Road • (907)747-5663

KAYAK RENTALS / TOURS Alaska Travel Adventures 9085 Glacier Highway, #301 Juneau, Alaska 99801 • (800)791-2673 (907)789-0052 • Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures 112 Toivo Circle • (907)752-0660 cell • Explore the coast less paddled on an intimate guided sea kayak adventure. Day tours, expeditions, outfitter services and water taxi. Please check out our Tripadvisor reviews online to learn more. Circle #21 on Reader Service Card

All addresses are Sitka, Alaska 99835 unless otherwise noted.




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118 Lincloln Street • Sitka 99835 907-747-3288 • Fax 907-747-8499 E-mail: Circle #22 on Reader Service Card

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(See ad on page 26) Greenling Enterprises LLC • PO Box 132 (907)966-2301 • Guided and self guided trips for fishing, OHV riding and camping. Outdoor equipment sales and rentals, fly shop, fly fishing outfits, boats, camping equipment, OHV’s and trip consulting.

Alaska Cruise Association 360 K Street, Suite 300 • Anchorage, AK 99501 (907)743-4529 • Alaska Department of Fish and Game 304 Lake Street, Room 103 (907)747-5355 (fishing) (907)747-5449 (hunting) City and Borough of Sitka 100 Lincoln Street • (907)747-3294 Friends of The Sheldon Jackson Museum 104 College Drive (907)747-6233 Greater Sitka Arts Council PO Box 564 • (907)747-2787


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Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce 329 Harbor Drive, Suite 212 (907)747-8604 Island Institute PO Box 2420 • (907)747-3794 Sitka Charter Boat Operators Association PO Box 2422 • (907)747-5089 Sitka Economic Development Association 329 Harbor Drive, Suite 212 (907)747-2660 Sitka Harbor Department 617 Katlian Street (907)747-3439

For information and a FREE DVD 1-800-642-0066


Sitka Trail Works, Inc. 801 Halibut Point Road (907)747-7244 US Forest Service - Sitka Ranger District 204 Siginaka Way (907)747-6671

Backdoor 104 Barracks Street • (907)747-8856 Baranof Island Brewing Company 215 Smith Street, Suite A • (907)747-2739 Bayview Restaurant and Pub 407 Lincoln Street (Upstairs) • (907)747-5300 Best views in Sitka! Top craft beers of the NW/ Alaska + a fantastic wine list & a full liquor bar featuring classic craft cocktails. Locally caught seafood & daily homemade specials. Plus, ALL your favorite sports on the TV’s! Family-friendly until 9pm & late-night entertainment! Bear Country Coffee 303 Lincoln Street • (907)747-5600 Captain’s Galley - located in SEAMART 1867 Halibut Point Road • (907)747-6266 Channel Club 2906 Halibut Point Road • (907)747-7440

Dock Shack Café & Lounge (See ad on page 20) 201 Katlian Street • (907)747-2755

Dockside Espresso

(See ad on page 20) Open 24 hours 201 Katlian Street • (907)747-3693

Harry’s Soda Shop & Pharmacy Photo (See ad on page 29) 106 Lincoln Street • (907)966-2123 Highliner Coffee 327 Seward Street • Seward Square Mall (907)747-4924 • Ludvig’s Bistro 256 Katlian Street • (907)966-3663

Raven Dining Room (See ad on page 22) Located in the Westmark Sitka Hotel 330 Seward Street • (907)747-0979 Reindeer Redhots Corner of Lincoln & Lake Street (907)738-5559 • Sea Mountain Restaurant & 19th Hole 301 Granite Creek Road • (907)747-5663

All addresses are Sitka, Alaska 99835 unless otherwise noted.

Victoria’s - located in the Sitka Hotel (See ad on page 28)


118 Lincoln Street • (907)747-9301

Abby’s Reflection Apparel & Quiltworks 231 Lincoln Street • (907)747-3510 Alaska Basket Company 334 Lincoln Street • (877)884-2327 (907)747-7922 •

FREE SuperStart® Breakfast • FREE Hi-Speed Internet • Whirlpool • 24-Hr. Gst. Laundry Only Hotel in Sitka w/AC • FREE In-rm. Microwave/fridge, Coffee, Hairdryer & Safe • HBO

At Traffic Circle Intersec of Halibut Pt. Rd. & Sawmill Creek Rd. • 404 Sawmill Creek Rd. Sitka, AK 99835 • (907) 747-8804 Destination Super



All Super 8 hotels are independently owned and operated.

En Español 1.877.202.8812

Alaska Raptor Center Gift Shop (See ad on page 23) 1000 Raptor Way • (800)643-9425 (907)747-8662 • P

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Artist Cove Gallery 241 Lincoln Street • (907)747-6990

Viewing from above a covered area, take photos and memories to last a lifetime. Located 5 miles from the center of town, we are available through shuttles, tours, taxis and car rentals.

Baranof Arts and Craft Association BACA Room in Harrigan Centennial Hall 330 Harbor Drive • (907)747-6536 (May-Sept) • P

4639 SAWMILL CREEK RD. SITKA, AK • 907-747-3032

Bear Country Gifts / Colliver Shoes 401 Lincoln Street • (907)747-8090 Circle #24 on Reader Service Card

Big Blue Fisheries, LLC

Russell’s 208 Lincoln Street • (907)747-3395

(See ad on page 24) 216 Smith Street, #B • (907)966-9999

Russian American Company 134 Lincoln Street • (907)747-3354 (907)747-6228 •

Brenner’s Fine Clothing and Gifts 124 Lincoln Street • (907)747-3468 Fishermen’s Eye Gallery 239 Lincoln Street • (907)747-6080

Seasons Cards & Gifts 332 Lincoln Street • (907)966-2160

Goldsmith Gallery 407 Lincoln Street • (800)360-5744 (907)747-5744 •

Sheldon Jackson Museum Gift Shop Located in a National Historic Site 104 College Drive • (907)747-6233 P

Knitting with Class 300 Harbor Drive • (907)738-0957 cell

Sitka Bazaar 215 Lincoln Street • (907)747-5510 •

Made in Sitka Gift Shop

Old Harbor Books 201 Lincoln Street • (907)747-8808

Sitka Flowers - Chocolate Moose 104 Lincoln Street • (800)747-5177 (907)747-5577 • A small locally owned shop with delicious gourmet chocolate, creative flower arrangements and gifts you love to get. Local and Alaskan made products available here.

RadioShack 303 Lincoln Street, Suite 2 • (907)747-3999

Sitka Historical Museum Gift Shop 330 Harbor Drive • (907)747-6455 P

(See ad on page 26) 200 Katlian Street • (907)747-7290

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Sitka Rose Gallery 419 Lincoln Street • (888)236-1536 (907)747-3030 • Steller Books C/O The Fishermen’s Eye • 239 Lincoln Street (907)747-6080 • Wintersong Soap Company 321 Lincoln Street • (888)819-8949 (907)747-8949 • Work & Rugged Gear Store 407 Lincoln Street, Suite F • (907)747-6238

All addresses are Sitka, Alaska 99835 unless otherwise noted.


Visitor Transit (See ad on page 26) Operates May through September Sitka Tribal Tours • 204 Katlian Street (888)270-8687 • (907)747-7290

GROUND TRANSPORT Ferry Shuttle Limited hours, call for schedule (907)747-8443 Sitka Tours


MORE Taxi & Tour Services 1972 Halibut Point Road • (907)738-3210 cell •

Esther G Sea Tours & Taxi 215 Shotgun Alley • (907)747-6481 (907)738-6481 cell •

North Star Rent-a-Car 600 C Airport Road • (800)722-6927 (907)966-2552 •

Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures 112 Toivo Circle • (907)752-0660 cell •


Harris Aircraft Services Tours • Charters • Scheduled Service

Alaska Airlines 600 Airport Road • (800)252-7522 (907)966-2422 •

Alaska Marine Highway System (See ad on page 28) 7559 North Tongass Highway Ketchikan, AK 99901 (800)642-0066

Call & book your flight today! Toll Free: 1.877.966.3050

Join us in 2013 as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. Enjoy spectacular scenery and wildlife in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Call or log on for current information and specials.

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BANKING / FINANCIAL Alaska Pacific Bank & ATM machine 315 Lincoln Street #206 • (907)747-8688 P ALPS Federal Credit Union & ATM machine 401 Halibut Point Road • (907)747-6261 P First Bank & ATM machine 203 Lake Street • (907)747-6636 P First National Bank Alaska & ATM machine 318 Lincoln Street • (907)747-7000 P Wells Fargo Bank & ATM machine 300 Lincoln Street • (907)747-3226 P

FISHING / MARINE SUPPLIES Murray Pacific 475 Katlian Avenue • (907)747-3171

GROCERIES / LIQUOR STORES / BARS Ernie’s Old Time Saloon 130 Lincoln Street • (907)747-3334 House of Liquor 705 Halibut Point Road • (907)747-5322

Send in your photo of Sitka for a chance to win 1 of 4 cash prizes!

1st: 2nd: 3rd: 4th:

$450 $200 $100 $50

For full rules and details, visit or call 1.800.557.4852

Market Center 210 Baranof Street (downtown) • (907)747-6686 Pioneer Bar & Liquor Store 212 Katlian Street • (907)747-3456 SEAMART Grocery Store 1867 Halibut Point Road • (907)747-6266

Victoria’s Pour House

(See ad on page 28) 118 Lincoln Street • (907)747-5451

INSURANCE Scott Insurance Services 7395 Roundup Lane NW, Silverdale, WA 98383 (360)698-0485 • Venneberg Insurance, Inc. 225 Harbor Drive • (907)747-8625

MEDIA Daily Sitka Sentinel 112 Barracks Street • (907)747-3219 Frankenstein Productions PO Box 6224 • (907)738-2174 cell • KRSA Radio PO Box 650 • Petersburg, AK 99833 (907)772-3891 • •


All addresses are Sitka, Alaska 99835 unless otherwise noted.

Raven Radio Foundation, Inc. KCAW FM 104.7 & 90.1 • 2 Lincoln Street, Suite B • (907)747-5877 •

PHARMACIES Harry Race Pharmacy and Photo

(See ad on page 29) 106 Lincoln Street • (907)966-2130 •

White’s Pharmacy (dba Harry Race) (See ad on page 29) 705 Halibut Point Road • (907)966-2150

OFFICE SUPPLIES / SERVICES Aurora Business Supplies, LLC 327 Seward Street, Suite 2 • (907)747-4704 Sitka Office Services 246 Katlian Street, Suite E • (907)747-2707

PORT SERVICES / MOORAGE Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska 124 Lincoln Street, Suite 204 (907)747-3377 • Old Sitka Dock at Halibut Point Marine 4513 Halibut Point Road • (907)747-4999 Old Sitka Dock is a private deep water port offering moorage facilities for vessels up to 1100 feet including cruise ships, yachts and commercial vessels.

REAL ESTATE Baranof Realty 315 Seward Street, Suite A • (907)747-5636 Sitka Realty 228 Harbor Drive • (907)747-8922 • P

SPA Botanika Organic Spa, Eco-Boutique & Tonic Bar 419 Lincoln Street (Pink side door on Sitka Rose Gallery) • (907)747-2638 Sitka’s premier purveyor of all-natural beauty services and goods. Offering organic facials, non-toxic manicures and pedicures, waxing and eco-friendly products. Also featuring a tonic bar serving fresh juices and smoothies, fine teas and the best hot chocolate in town! This guide includes businesses that have made a commitment to Sitka’s visitor industry by joining the SCVB. The SCVB does not guarantee the accuracy of the listings, and is not responsible for the quality or safety of any operator.

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St. Michael’s Cathedral – Located in the heart of downtown, the Russian Orthodox cathedral is an exact replica of the original that was destroyed in 1966. An important collection of art and rare treasures are housed inside. NHLS P ■ $

11. Sitka Historical Museum – This is the place where all elements of Sitka’s history converge. Packed with displays, photographs and artifacts from Sitka’s Tlingit, Russian and American history, the museum is a worth-while stop! P ■ $


9. Sitka Lutheran Church – The site of the first Protestant Church on the West Coast of North America. Contains artifacts from the original 1843 Finnish Lutheran Church: 1844 Kessler organ, chandelier, pulpit, & communion rail. P ■

8. Castle Hill – With stunning panoramic views of Sitka, this was an early stronghold of the Kiks.adi clan. Later, successions of Russian buildings occupied the hill including “Baranov’s Castle” from 1837 to 1894. This is also the site of the Alaska transfer from Russia to the United States on October 18, 1867. NHLS P

7. Pioneer Home – This state home for elderly Alaskans was built in 1934. A massive pioneer statue, made of bronze by Alonzo Victor, graces the building front. Visitors are welcome. NRHP P ■

6. Totem Square – Recently refurbished, Totem Square is a grassy park area in downtown Sitka. P

5. Sheet’ka Kwaán Naa Kahídi Community House – Built in the style of a Tlingit clan house, with the largest hand-carved house screen in the Pacific NW. Sheet’ka Kwaán Naa Kahídi Native Dancers perform onsite during the summer. P ■

4. Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall –Built in 1914, located in the Tlingit village, it serves as an Alaska Native community center. NHLS P

3. Russian Blockhouse – Replica of the blockhouse that separated the Russians from the Tlingit, when the Tlingit returned to the area in the 1820s.

2. Princess Maksoutoff ’s Grave – Princess Maksoutoff was the wife of the last Russian governor, Dimitri Maksoutoff.

1. Russian Cemetery – Over 200 years old with many headstones crafted from the ballasts of Russian Ships; a fascinating reminder of Sitka’s Russian past.

20. Fortress of the Bear – A bear rescue center where magnificent resident bears roam in a naturalized setting. Viewing from above in a covered area, take photos and memories to last a lifetime. P ■ $

19. Alaska Raptor Center – A pioneering wildlife project offers close-up encounters with bald eagles and other birds of prey. The goal is to rehabilitate injured birds and release them back into the wild; however, a few never recover flight and remain housed at the center’s outdoor display. P ■ $

18. Sitka National Historical Park (Totem Park) – This 107-acre park preserves and interprets the site of the battle of 1804 between the Tlingit and Russians. Haida & Tlingit totems from the Louisiana Exposition in the early 1900s are located along a gravel pathway that meanders through the rainforest. NRHP P ■

17. Sitka Fine Arts Campus, formerly SJ College – Home to a nationally acclaimed program that provides artistic development for youth K-12 in visual arts, music, dance, theater, writing, and Alaska Native arts. NHLS P

16. Sheldon Jackson Museum – Est. 1895, this is Alaska’s oldest museum and housed in the state’s first concrete building. Collected from 1880–1900, this is the largest collection of Alaska Native artifacts in the state. P ■ $

15. Sitka Sound Science Center – Experience the amazing diversity of the many creatures that thrive in our surrounding waters at the aquarium, wet lab, and onsite fish hatchery. P ■ $

14. St. Peter’s by the Sea Episcopal Church – Made of natural stone and wood, this is the oldest standing church in Sitka. The first service was held in 1899. NRHP

13. Russian Bishops House – Built in 1842 by the Russian American Company as a residence for the bishop of the Orthodox Church, it’s the oldest intact Russian building in Sitka. Bishop Innocent (Ivan Veniaminov) was its first resident. NHLS P $

12. Harrigan Centennial Hall & Summer Information Desk – Built in 1967, this public auditorium houses the Sitka Historical Society/ Museum, wildlife display, and during the summer: Baranof Arts and Crafts Association, a visitor information desk, and the New Archangel Dancers perform. P ■

KEY: NHLS = National Historic Landmark Site | NRHP = National Register of Historic Places | P = Wheelchair Accessible | ■ = Gift Shop | $ = Admission Charge


Annual Calendar of Events


For information, St. Michael’s Russian Christmas iscall celebrated by the Cathedral, (907) 747-8120 or write, old Julian calendar, on January 7th, as P.O. week-long Box 697, Michael’s still todayCathedral, in Russia. The Sitka, Alaska 99835 features Feast of the Nativity celebration Festal Vigil and Matins, the Divine JAZZ FESTIVAL Liturgy,SITKA Great Vespers, a Christmas feast, January“starring” 31- Feb. 1,2, and nativity – the2013 Orthodox Enjoy variety of world classthe joy practice of acaroling and sharing jazz providedAll byare students guest of Christmas. invitedand to attend. jazz musicians! For 747-8120 information, visit: Call (907) Email: or write St. Michael’s Cathedral, P.O. Box 697, Sitka, Alaska 99835 (907) 747-3653.


Enjoy a variety of world class jazz provided by students and guest jazz musicians! For information, visit: (907) 747-3653.


It may be cold outside, but the musicians of the Sitka Music Festival will provide plenty of heat. Hear performances by a group of internationally assembled musicians. Email: For information call (907) 277-4852.


Enjoymusic a variety of world class local All ages festival featuring jazz out provided bybands. students andHip guest and of town Soul, Hop, jazz musicians! For information, Blues, and Garage Style Rock n’visit: Roll. Email: (907) 747-3653.


Regional Artists and Musicians get together with workshops, live music, Sitka Spring Gallery Walk and Wearable Art Show. Call Jeff at (907) 747-4821.


AFor grand celebration with information, call complete St. Michael’s parade, demonstrations, game and Cathedral, (907) 747-8120 or write, booths, fireworksP.O. display and Michael’s Cathedral, Box 697, other happenings. Sitka, AlaskaCheck 99835the Sitka Sentinel newspaper for details.



Wildlife is generally abundant as the herring gather and spawn in Sitka waters, turning the Alaska blue waters a milky green! For a list of other watchable wildlife, call the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau, (907)747-5940.

This annual Labor Day Weekend tournament invites softball teams around the nation to play in Sitka.


Experience Alaska’s wild and sustainable seafood through entertainment, education and culinary delights. Information is available at

THE 19TH ANNUAL RUNNING OF THE BOOTS & SEASON’S END CELEBRATION Fun Run! Lots of prize categories. Proceeds benefit Sitka Local Foods Network/Sitka Farmers Market. Call Jen at (907) 747-8604.

Local artist’s rendering of downtown Sitka – DJ Robidou


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For information, call St. Michael’s Cathedral, (907) 747-8120 or write, St. Michael’s Cathedral, P.O. Box 697, Sitka, Alaska 99835


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Showing new and historic quilts at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Call Sabra at (907) 747-5071.


6-mile run, 10 mile bike and 1,000 meter swim. Short course for age 12 and under. Call Susan at (907) 747-0519.


World-class classical chamber music by internationally acclaimed musicians. Evening concerts held at Harrigan Centennial Hall, renowned for its breathtaking views. Call (907) 747-6774



Catch prize-winning fish in the sparkling waters of Sitka. Cash and prizes awarded. Call the Sitka Sportsman’s Association (907) 747-6790.

Since 1973, The Fine Arts Camp has been attracting students to study the fine arts of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, writing and Alaskan Native arts. Call (907) 747-3085



For information on activities, including Fashion Show and parade, call Sitka Tribe of Alaska (907) 747-3207, or website:


Annual event featuring a symposium by world-renowned marine scientists. features whale watching cruises, concerts, art show a marine-themed market & more! Call (907) 747-8878. •

Held at Harrigan Centennial Hall. It is a quality retail shopping experience, featuring hand-crafted items, primarily made in Alaska. http://sitkacoc. com/sitka-artisans-market.html


A celebration of the holidays including the Christmas Bazaar, parade, Polar Dip Christmas concerts, and extended shopping hours. For details, please check the local listings in the Sitka Sentinel newspaper.


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