Welcome to the Sitka cruise port guide. Sitka is a popular port for cruise ships. Sitka sits in the Alexander Archipelago on the Baranof Island. It is situated in a bay which makes for quite convenient temperatures. Most ships are at anchor when visiting Sitka and as soon as you go to the outside deck you already get mesmerised by all the beautiful scenery around you. They say Sitka is the most historic town of Alaska. Inhabited for thousands of years by the native Tlingits, the spot of major battle between Europeans and Native Americans, former capital of Alaska for 40 years and 19th century Russian occupation. These a just a few chapters in the history of Sitka. The city has about 14 miles of road and as soon as you have reached the city borders the vast wilderness starts. Islands, inlets, coves, mountains and rainforest are all around you and are home to Alaskas most well known inhabitants: humpback wales, sea otter, brown bear, black bear and bald eagles. Sitka’s scenery might be one of the most unusual with Mount Edgecumbe, a 3200 foot dormant volcano, dominating the skyline.
In Alaska you can find all five species of Alaska’s Pacific Salmon. They are King, Sockeye, Coho, Pink and Chum. Every year from August to October you will find the salmon find the very stream they were born to spawn and die. It is a phenomenal event that you cannot miss if your cruise is arriving in August or September.
The fortress is a refuge for orphaned brown bears cubs. Have to opportunity to see the bears from a covered area. The fortress is about 6 miles from downtown. Reach the Fortress of the Bear through shuttle, excursion or taxi.
In town you will find Castle Hill. It was the site of the ceremonial transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States in 1867.
When shopping in Haines make sure to buy the products with this logo. This indicated the products has actually been made in Alaska.
This centre helps to rehabilitate injured raptors and to release them into the wild. There are all kind of birds here like the great-horned owls, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and of course the bald eagle. Enjoy a presentation on the birds and their work at the centre and stroll the outside gardens and inside cages to get a close encounter with one of the birds.
The eye catcher of downtown Sitka is the Russian Cathedral. Inside you will find furniture, religious object and art that look like has been untouched for centuries.