Kasaan Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House Longhouse Prince of Wales Island Southeast Alaska

Kasaan Totem Park

Stroll through lovely forest along a level, well groomed trail. As you cross the creek on a stout bridge a totem pole comes into view through the trees. It is at once imposing and in harmony with the environment. The forest trail winds past more totems, and then you are at Kasaan’s Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House. This longhouse was recently refurbished using traditional methods and materials. The totems inside, though, are the originals and are over a century old. Experiencing this place is well worth your time and a 2/3 mile walk.

After such a stirring adventure enjoy a meal at the beautiful Totem Trail Cafe. Views from the cafe often include humpback and killer whales.

Hydaburg Totem Park Prince of Wales Island Southeast Alaska

Hydaburg Totem Park and Carving Shed

At 5th and Main. in the center of Hydaburg’s waterfront. is a park filled with stunning Haida totem poles. New and aging poles are audibly silent, but visually their singing echoes through strong curves and intricate details. Their carvers’ mastery is clearly evident.

Those carvers are often working at the carving shed nearby. Stop in and watch new works of art taking shape.

Klawock Totem Park

Working on this one!