July 25 2022
If you arrive by a cruise going up the famous "inside passage", this fjord which is the natural border between British Columbia in Canada and the American territory, then Ketchikan will be your gateway to Alaska. Indeed, Ketchikan port-is the very first port of call for ships heading north, and it is therefore an introduction to Alaska for many travelers who immediately fall under its spell.
Picturesque village on the edge of the bay, Located in the Tongass Strait, and belonging to the chain of islands of the Alexander Archipelago, Ketchikan is nicknamed "the salmon capital of the world".
Its historical and cultural heritage is mainly linked to the Amerindian Tlingit Nation, it is here that we find the largest Aboriginal concentration. To better understand and know the Native American heritage very present in Southeast Alaska, you have to visit the cultural and interpretation center Totem Heritage Center which includes a small museum housing a collection of old objects and a park to the figurative totems erected by the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Nations.
Visitors will be sure to stroll along Historic Creek Street where there are all kinds of small shops. The bars and restaurants on the edge of the bay allow you to rest and admire the sublime view of the surrounding islets and fjords.
Obviously, as in all the towns of Southeast Alaska, it is possible to fly by seaplane over the fjords or go on a cruise to observe whales, killer whales and bears.