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Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan originated as an Indian fish saltery, but the town's major growth began when it became a supply base and entry port for miners during the 1898 Gold Rush to the Klondike. Much of the town's colourful past is still in evidence, especially in the nearby Indian villages, where you'll see colourfully carved totem poles and hear the fascinating legends that surround them.

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Ketchikan, Alaska

Port of Call

The One Thing You Don't Want To Miss

Although fishing is by far the most popular sport in Ketchikan, there are a lot of other activities for people to take part in. In fact, one of the best ways to see the area and enjoy the scenery is simply to take a walk through the town and to the Totem Heritage Centre. There, you can explore the history of totem poles and see some terrific examples.

Other Fun Things To Do

  • Experience the sheer granite cliffs, plunging 30-metre (1,000-foot) waterfalls, crystalline lakes and low-hanging mists of Misty Fjords from the air on a seaplane.
  • Fill your senses with excitement and adventure as you take the wheel of a four-wheel-drive vehicle and make your way through a lush rainforest.
  • Treat yourself to a rowdy good time at The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show where the world's best timber athletes go head to head in an action-packed hour of fun for the entire family!

Sporting Adventures

  • Take a memorable kayaking trip to the beautiful Tatoosh Island. Keep a lookout for bald eagles, seals and sea lions.
  • Search for the Alaskan black bear on an exciting wildlife air/land adventure. It's a truly unmissable trip for nature-lovers and photographers.
  • Take a Jeep® safari deep into the backcountry to a pristine alpine lake, where you'll go for a scenic canoe ride.
  • Five varieties of North Pacific salmon thrive in the cold waters off Ketchikan. Our experienced guides will take you out fishing in a well-equipped fishing boat and, if you'd like, we can even arrange to have your catch sent home for you.
  • Immerse yourself in Alaska's breathtaking underwater world as you snorkel the calm and clear waters of Mountain Point.
  • Glide through the top of a rainforest canopy along a series of dual cables suspended between tall trees.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Ketchikan is the 'Salmon Capital of the World', and as you'd expect, the salmon are plentiful and fresh.

Local Currency

The official currency of the United States is the US dollar (USD).

Weather in Ketchikan, Alaska


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 39.5° 4.17°
Average Low 28.3° -2.06°
Mean Temperature 34° 1.11°
Record High 62° 16.67°
Record Low -1° -18.33°
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 0 in 0 cm

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