Widely considered to be Alaska’s most scenic seaside town, Sitka is set on the outer banks of Baranof Island on the waterways of the Inside Passage. Mt. Edgecumbe, an extinct, snowcapped volcano that bears a striking resemblance to Japan’s Mt. Fuji, presides over the landscape, while Tongass National Forest, with its massive stands of western hemlock and Sitka spruce delivers magnificent views of the Alaskan wilderness. As the only community in southeastern Alaska that fronts the Pacific Ocean, Sitka looks out over a waterscape dotted with heavily wooded islands, one of which, Apple Island, is the exclusive home of Talon Lodge.
Sitka’s history dates back over 5,000 years ago to the time when it was settled by the Tlingit (KLING-IT) Indians. At least a quarter of the town’s population today can still claim Native ancestry and their heritage is widely evident in local woodwork, silver carvings, basketry, weaving and totem carvings. Today, Sitka is a virtual paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and is legendary for its saltwater, stream and lake fishing and black-tailed deer hunting as well as for its hiking, seaplane tours, and sea kayaking.
Sitka’s wildlife is as magnificent as its scenery. The area is home to an abundance of land and marine species, including brown bears, black-tailed deer, sea otters, river otters, harbor seals and bald eagles. Sitka also offers excellent opportunities for whale watching and bird watching.