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A little about Sitka

Situated on Baranof Island on the outer waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage, accessible by air & sea. Views of Island-studded waters, stately spruce forests, jagged mountains & a towering volcano surround Alaska's most beautiful seaside town.

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The history of Sitka

The current name Sitka (derived from Sheet’ká, a contraction of the Tlingit Shee At'iká)[4] means "People on the Outside of Baranof Island". Sitka's location was originally settled by the Tlingit people over 10,000 years ago. Sitka was the site of the transfer ceremony for the Alaska purchase on October 18, 1867. Russia was going through economic and political turmoil after it lost the Crimean War to Britain, France, and Turkey in 1856 and decided it wanted to sell Alaska before it got taken over by Britain. Russia offered to sell it to the United States. Secretary of State William Seward had wanted to purchase Alaska for quite some time as he saw it as an integral part of Manifest Destiny and America's reach to the Pacific Ocean. While the agreement to purchase Alaska was made in April 1867, the actual purchase and transfer of power took place on October 18, 1867. The cost to purchase Alaska was $7.2 million.

Contact Information

104 Lake Street
Sitka, Alaska

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Businesses in Sitka, Alaska

Here is a collection of downtown Sitka, Alaska businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Artist Cove Gallery


Traditional Alaskan and Northwest Coast Art


Baranof Jewelers


Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff!


Goldsmith Gallery


Alaska's finest jewelry store


An Otter's Cove Bed and Breakfast


Sitka's best water front bed and breakfast


Baranof Wilderness Lodge


Just a short float plane ride from Sitka


Dove Island Lodge


Luxury fishing lodge on private Dove Island


Highliner Coffee


Coffee shop and bakery.


Homeport Eatery


A great selection of fresh and tasty


Ludvig's Bistro


Rustic Mediterranean Fare


Mean Queen


Great drinks, thin crust pizza, salads, wings and more


The Dock Shack Cafe


Located inside of the Totem Square Hotel


Fly Fish Sitka


The best freshwater fishing guide service in Southeast Alaska


Abby's Reflection Apparel & Quiltworks


Fabric Store and full service Quilt Shop


Murray Pacific Supply


Complete fishing and marine supply store


Russian American Company


Fine Art and Crafts including Faberge Jewelry and Gifts,


Sitka Alaska Outfitters


Fly fishing trips and fly fishing goods


Sitka Fur Gallery


Furs, shearlings and specialty outerwear.


WinterSong Soap Company


Handcrafted Alaskan herbal soaps


Baranof Island Brewing Company

Winery / Brewery

Sitka's only local brewery.