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Ketchikan, Alaska - Alaska's First City


About the Area...

Salmon and gold brought the first pioneers to Ketchikan where docks and canneries quickly sprang up along Tongass Narrows. Frame houses also appeared, hastily erected right over the water on steep hillsides that overlooked the emerging Creek Street red light district. The timber industry brought another wave of commerce and immigrants to the area, and by 1940 Ketchikan had grown into the second largest Alaskan town, proudly calling itself "Salmon Capital of the World.".

Today, floatplanes, ferries, cruise ships and sailboats dominate the Tongass Narrows. Between April and September, more than 480 ships cruise the Inside Passage and bring over 300,000 visitors from around the world to visit Ketchikan’s shores.

Onshore, there are lots of things for visitors to do. The craftsmanship and culture of the Native Tongass and Cape Fox Tlingits, who used Ketchikan Creek as a fish camp, thrive here and are expressed in art, dance, and traditional totem poles. In this place the Native Americans called "kitschk-hin," meaning creek of the thundering wings of an eagle, Totem Bight State Historical Park, Saxman Native Village, and the Totem Heritage Center Museum house the largest collection of totem poles in the world.

To the east, Misty Fjords National Monument, accessible only by boat or plane, is Ketchikan’s glacial crown jewel with spectacular waterfalls, cliffs shrouded in mist, sky-blue lakes, miles of glaciers and of course wildlife. Spotting black bear, mountain goats and whales anywhere in the Ketchikan area is common. Majestic bald eagles are easy to find perched in shoreline trees and even on church steeples. Huge runs of trophy size salmon still migrate from the open ocean into the waters around Ketchikan, and wilderness lakes provide incredible fly-fishing for steelhead, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout.

For specific information about activities in Ketchikan, please Contact Us or visit the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau.

For transportation information, please visit our Getting Here page.




Ketchikan Story Project Garners Six Telly Awards
Winning elements include videos, web site and kiosks
I am very pleased to announce that the Ketchikan Story Project brought home six 2013 Telly Awards this week—three silver and three bronze! 

The categories include:
Silver Award: TV Programs, Segments or Promotional Pieces – Travel/Tourism:
Ketchikan: Our Native Legacy
Bronze Award: TV Programs, Segments or Promotional Pieces – Travel/Tourism:
Ketchikan: The Artists

Silver Award: TV Programs, Segments or Promotional Pieces – Cultural:
Ketchikan: Our Native Legacy

Silver Award: Internet/Online Programs, Segments or Promotional Pieces – Cultural:
Ketchikan Story Project

Bronze Award: Internet/Online Programs, Segments or Promotional Pieces – Travel/Tourism:
Ketchikan Story Project

Bronze Award: Outdoor/Environmental – Kiosk:
Ketchikan Story Project

The Telly Awards “honor the very best local, regional, and cable television programs, the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.” According to the Telly Awards web site, of the 11,000+ entries received each year, only 7-10% are awarded with silver statuettes and up to 25% are awarded bronze awards.  

The Ketchikan Story Project is a multi media information program produced by the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau and funded by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough to provide information tools for the cruise industry and its passengers. Ketchikan: Our Native Legacy and Ketchikan: The Artists represent two of five segments of the project and were produced in 2012.

Key personnel for the winning pieces include Project Manager/Producer: Deby Santos- Kali Enterprises, Director/Editor Kyle Aramburo, Writer/Producer Laurel Lindahl and Production Company, the Alaska Channel.

Two additional chapters in the series will debut the evening of May 3 at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in Ketchikan with the premiere of Ketchikan: The Timber Years and Ketchikan: The Bush Pilots.
Visit the Ketchikan Story Project web site at www.ketchikanstories.com For more informationcontact the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau or Deby Santos at  Kali Enterprises.

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Patti Mackey
President & CEO
Ketchikan Visitors Bureau

Ketchikan Visitors Bureau | 50 Front Street | Suite 203 | Ketchikan, AK 99901 | United States
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