Sitka | (SIT) | sit' kuh
"More Than You Can Imagine... Closer Than You Think"
Sitka is settled on Baranof Island, located on the outer coast of the Inside Passage and 132 nautical miles west of Juneau. Nestled peacefully in the Tongass National Forest, Sitka proudly beckons those who seek out-of-the-ordinary, majestic and lush places. Explore the myriad of islands and bays of Sitka Sound for a chance to spot wildlife and view spectacular scenery. Sitka's hallmark is its tenure and devotion to a culturally diverse past with a distinctive character of a place that has been settled for thousands of years with a unique blend of Tlingit culture and Russian history. An extinct volcano, Mount Edgecumbe, rises 3,200 feet above the community and adds to the beauty of this seaside town.
- St. Michael's Cathedral is an excellent example of the Russian architecture that can still be found throughout Alaska.
- Stroll through the town's quaint shops and enjoy performances by the Russian and Native dancers.
- Year-round access to outdoor recreation in the Gulf of Alaska and Tongass National Forest.
- En route to Sitka by ferry traverse Sergius and Whitestone Narrows, a twisting course with rushing tides.
- Visit www.sitka.org for more information on available activities and accommodations.
Sitka lies on our mainline ferry route which connects Bellingham and Prince Rupert to ports along the Inside Passage, all the way to Haines and Skagway. Sitka receives ferry service three days per week in the summer and one to two days per week in the winter. The mainline vessels take you on a scenic ten-hour ferry ride from Juneau or sixteen and a half hours from Petersburg. Additionally, fast ferry service between Sitka and Juneau, only takes four and a half hours each way and provides convenient transportation for residents and visitors alike. Additional service to Sitka is often made available as needed for special events.