The beautiful city of Sitka is located on Baranof Island in the Alaskan Panhandle. This mountainous island town along the Pacific Ocean has a combination of nature areas that creates plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiast and their dogs! Sitka manages or maintains numerous parks, totally 109 acres of glorious green space, making it a great place to relax and explore with Fido. This town also has three animal hospitals, so whether you’re here to live or to visit, your pup can stay happy and healthy!
A great way to get out and enjoy the vast wilderness of Alaska with your dog is by visiting the Sitka National Historical Park. This park exists to preserve a historic battle between the invading Russians and the indigenous people. Leashed dogs are allowed to enjoy this 122 acre parks along with their humans. The park features trails and coastal walks that wind through carved totem poles. Keep going south through the park and you’ll reach the famous Tlingit Totem Pole.
It’s not surprising if you’ll want to stay a while in Sitka. Fortunately, several of Sitka’s hotels welcome dogs! Check out the Totem Square Hotel and Marina for comfortable stay in a central location. They welcome two pets of any size for a small fee.
With all of this glorious nature and pet amenities, your doggo will pawsitively love Sitka!
The City Center of Sitka is sure to get your dogs tail wagging, because in this town, you can find Sitka’s very own dog park! The dog park is located in Turnaround Park and is designated exclusively for dog use, so your pooch can enjoy off-leash freedom in a safe environment. If you’re nervous about walking your dog out on the trails in bear country, this is a great alternative for your dog to burn some energy. Make sure your pup displays proper petiquette, and that you pick up after him or her! Just don’t forget the waste bags, drinking water, and your dog’s favourite ball. If you want to explore more of the neighborhood, check out the Sitka Cross Trail. This 4.2 mile multi-use trail runs from Sitka High School to Kramer Drive. Leashed dogs are welcome!
The Baranof / Chatham neighborhood of Sitka covers most of the surrounding wilderness in this town, and has a couple of its own parks and trails that you and your doggo can enjoy. For some gorgeous ocean views and a chance to see some whales, check out Whale Park. This park features a boardwalk trail, gazebos and viewing binoculars. There is also a whale sculpture and interpretive signs adorning the park. Dogs can have a whale of a time in this park too, because they are welcome as long as they stay leashed and are picked up after. If you want to stay a while in this area, the Sitka’s Eagle Bay Inn is also located in this neighborhood. They welcome two pets of any size for no additional fee!