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Transportation

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Marine Highway

If travelling by ferry make these reservations first as the ferry runs only several times a week. Alaska Marine Highway 1-800 642 0066.




Sitka is pedestrian and bike friendly and many of the attractions are within walking distance of the Biorka Guest House. Sitka town is located centrally within 14 miles of road. If you would like more independence to explore the outer parts of town, car rentals are readily available.

Avis Rental Cars

NORTHSTAR RENt A CAR

The Ride
Local Bus Service

There are also several cab services available from the ferry terminal, airport or during your stay. Please inquire upon making your reservation. Contact numbers can also be found in your in room binder.


Weather
Whatever you heard about the weather in Sitka…is probably true! Sitka is located within the Tongass National Forest, a temperate rain forest. It's the largest National Forest in the US and covers much of Southeast Alaska. The weather changes often here, but in general you can expect cool temperatures and coastal cloud activity in the spring, summer and fall, and a myriad of variations on snow, sleet, fog, and hail in the winter. The local saying is that there is no bad weather, just bad clothing. A lot of heavy clothing is not needed or recommended - it is better to use layering and have a light set of rain gear available for your top layer. Fortunately most of the precipitation in the summer months is a light rainfall that is refreshing and invites the rainbows!


Links

Sitka Through Four Seasons - Maps and Travel Info

Sikta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Walking Map

Sitka Visitor Attractions A Short
Walking Distance From Biorka Guest House

ALASKA RAPTOR CENTER

A pioneering wildlife project, the Center's goal is to release into the wild all rehabilitated birds, however, a few never recover flight and remain housed at the Center's outdoor display.

http://www.alaskaraptor.org/

BRAVE HEART VOLUNTEERS

The only interfaith, inter-agency organization providing education, volunteer care, visiting, grief hospice and respite support to individuals and families in need. Located in the Manager's House next to the Pioneers' Home. Auriella, your Guest House host was a founder and director of this organization.

http://www.braveheartvolunteers.org

CASTLE HILL
Baranof Castle Site. An early stronghold of the Native Alaskan Kiksadi clan and a great view spot.
CHURCH DIRECTORY


Many local churches are close to town and in walking distance to the Biorka Guest House. Check here for address and locations.

http://Sitka.areaconnect.com/churches.htm

HARRIGAN CENTENNIAL HALL

A main meeting and convening space in Sitka, it houses visitor information, the Sitka, Historical Society, the Isabel Miller Museum, and an auditorium for public use. Performance home of the Sitka, Summer Music Festival.

http://www.cityofsitka.com/government/departments/centennial/index.html

ISABEL MILLER MUSEUM

Located at the Centennial Hall and packed with displays, photographs and artifacts from Sitka’s Tlingit, Russian and American history.

www.sitkahistory.org/

MARKET CENTER (small local grocery)
  Market Center
This local food and shopping market is considered in the heart of Sitka, and is just one minute walking distance from the Biorka Guest House.
NEW ARCHANGEL DANCERS

Russian and Ukranian dances performed by local women in authentic costumes. Performed at the Centennial Hall.

http://www.newarchangeldancers.com/

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

This State-of-the-Art facility is capable of supporting many kinds of events and activities and plays host to world-class touring performers as well as community and educational events. View the calendar to see what's happening!

http://sitkaschools.org/Page/23

RAVEN RADIO & the HISTORIC CABLE HOUSE
Raven Radio (KCAW-FM 104.7) is a community/public station and located in the historic "Cable House". A diverse format with international, national, state, regional and local news plus a wide variety of music programs put on by volunteer community DJ's. Both of your Biorka Guest House hosts, Fred and Auriella, have radio shows. Fred is the radio host for the Monday night blues party, “Mississippi Delta Lines” and Auriella is your radio host for the acoustic Sunday morning “Music for Amphibians.”

www.kcaw.org
SAINT MICHAEL'S CATHEDRAL

Originally built in 1848, it was totally destroyed by fire in January 1966, and then rebuilt. Many of the icons and religious objects were salvaged and are in the rebuilt structure. The Cathedral Dome, Cross and Bell Tower can be seen from most of the vantage points in town.

http://oca.org/parishes/oca-ak-sitsmk

SHEET'KA KWAAN NAA KAHADI TRIBAL COMMUNITY HOUSE

Located in the downtown area on Katlian Street, next to the Pioneers’ Home. A very beautiful community space with stunning Tlingit carved and painted panels.

http://www.sitkatribe.org/enterprises/community/index.html

SHELDON JACKSON MUSEUM

If there were a museum for museums, the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka would be part of the collection. It is the oldest museum in Alaska and is located in the first concrete building in the state, housing an impressive collection of Native art.

http://www.museums.state.ak.us/sheldon_jackson/sjhome.html

SITKA CONSERVATION SOCIETY
Alaska's oldest conservation organization, located in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Working to protect the natural environment of the Tongass, while keeping Sitka, the most conservation-friendly town in Southeast.

www.sitkawild.org
SITKA FINE ARTS CAMP

Located on the historic Sheldon Jackson Campus, the Sitka Fine Arts Camp has become a nationally acclaimed program that has served generations of aspiring artists of all skill levels.

http://fineartscamp.org/

SITKA HARBORS
Crescent Harbor, Sealing Cove, ANB Harbor and Thompson Harbors provide the starting place for many wonderful marine adventures. All are in walking distance, especially Crescent Harbor, which is three minutes from the Guest House
SITKA LUTHERAN CHURCH


The site of the first Lutheran Church on the West coast of North America located in the heart of the downtown area.

http://www.Sitkalutheranchurch.org/

SITKA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK (TOTEM PARK)


The 107 acre park preserves and interprets the site of a Tlingit Indian Fort and the battle fought between the Russians and the Tlingits in 1804. A wonderful collection of Haida & Tlingit totem poles is found throughout the Park. The Park includes a museum containing an exhibit of Tlingit and Russian artifacts. Locally known as "Totem Park." Don’t miss it!

http://www.nps.gov/sitk/

SITKA PIONEERS' HOME

Built in 1934 on the old Russian Parade Ground, this is a state home for our valued elder Alaskans, and is noted for being an "Eden Alternative" home.

http://dhss.alaska.gov/daph/Documents/docs/trifold_SPH_Web.pdf

SITKA SOUND SCIENCE CENTER

The Sitka Sound Science Center is dedicated to increasing understanding and awareness of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of the Gulf of Alaska through education and research, building on Sitka’s legacy and potential as an educational and scientific community.

http://www.sitkascience.org/

SITKA TRAILS

Access to the Sitka Cross Trail is just three walking minutes away from the Biorka Guest House and will link up with the most popular local trails close to town -the "Cross Trail," "Indian River Trail", and the "Gavan Hill Trail." These three trails will provide you with a variety of spectacular natural environments and views. There are many other popular local hikes detailed in the link below.

http://sitkatrailworks.org/

ST. PETER'S BY THE SEA

Located between downtown Sitka and Sheldon Jackson Campus, the sanctuary is open 24 hours a day for those seeking some moments of peace, in an historic and lovely Episcopal Church.

http://stpeters-sitka.org

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