The name Sitka literally means “People on the Outside of Baranof Island.” What you would consider the “city” of Sitka happens to fittingly be located on the west side of the island.
Baranof Island is one of three major islands in the Tongass National Forest. The Tongass is a temperate, coastal, rain forest blanketed with dense, lush vegetation and shaded by Sitka spruce and hemlock forests. The scenery features rugged, majestic mountains carved from granite. Here are many snow-capped peaks and fifty-two named glaciers. There are still many glaciers yet to be named.
This abundant wilderness is home to thriving wildlife; it is where the rare Alaska brown bear and bald eagle reign. The brown bears on Baranof Island are known as the “ABC Island Bears” (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichigof Islands). This is the only place in the world these bears exist.
The majestic beauty of Mt. Edgecumbe, a snowcapped, dormant volcano on Kruzoff Island, dominates Sitka Sound. And neighboring island, St. Lazaria, a federal bird sanctuary, is a popular bird watching destination where thousands of seabirds such as tufted puffins, petrels, rhinoceros auklets and murres who spend their lives at sea, come to land only to nest.
Come and nest in our comfortable, warm and charming Alaska bed & breakfast and discover all the wonders of our beautiful islands.
Back to Top