The Community of Skagway
In the 1800’s gold seekers flocked to Skagway and Dyea enroute to the gold fields of the Klondike. A trip through the Inside Passage gives you a glimpse of those early days! Today, historic Skagway remains a quaint, friendly town with original buildings including the historic Golden North hotel. Skagway is home to 800 year round residents who all possess the enthusiasm and gusto of their earlier ancestors.
Skagway Alaska is the largest tourist port in North America with approximately 1 million visitors annually. The scenery is breathtaking (Watch our eagle movie) whether you arrive in Skagway by air from Juneau, drive in from the Yukon Territory of Canada, or arrive on the Alaska Marine Highway on a cruise liner or ferry. This quaint city boasts wooden sidewalks and Gold Rush era buildings including the Red Onion Brothel and the Golden North Hotel. During the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, fortune-seeking prospectors piled into Skagway eager to climb over the Chilkoot trail from Dyea to Dawson City, Yukon. However, the true treasure of Skagway has always been – fishing in southeast Alaska!
Whether it’s the 4th of July festivities or the annual fishing derby, Skagway residents join together to celebrate and continue to make Skagway a memorable experience. Fishing the largest, longest, and deepest fjord in North America or watching for eagles, is as good as it gets. There are no commercial fleets in Skagway – only local fishing captains doing what they do best. Be a part of the history of Skagway – join Captain Bernie on the fishing vessel Yukon and fish the Lynn Canal. Your Alaskan King Salmon awaits!