Welcome to Whittier
Situated at the head of Passage Canal, the community of Whittier is approximately 58 miles southeast of Anchorage. Whittier is by far the most visited gateway to the mesmerizing wilderness of Prince William Sound. Each summer, thousands of visitors arrive at this magnificent port by ship, train, or automobile.
The 218 distinguished citizens of Whittier are waiting with open arms to share this incredible gem of the Alaskan frontier and regale you with our stories of first hand experiences which come from living in a land like no other.
There is no describing the 22 hours of daylight we enjoy each summer. There is not a bad seat in the house. As you enter Whittier from North America's longest tunnel, the panoramic view of the ocean, mountains and glaciers surround you.
Our sea side village is home to an exciting array of wildlife. If you are a birder, come enjoy our world class collection of raptors such as the Bald Eagle, Great Gray Owl, and the elusive Peregrine Falcon. Whittier boasts the largest Kittiwake bird rookery population in the North Pacific.
Thinking there might be fish in these here waters? You are on the right track. The 15,000 square miles of Prince William Sound is home to one of the richest wild marine fisheries on the planet!
Land animals more your bag? The mountains surrounding Whittier are host to the shy mountain goat, all manner of weasels, whistling marmots, bear, and the occasional coyote.
I would certainly be remiss if I left out our marine visitors. During our glorious summer we are often visited by Humpback and Orca whales plying the 600 foot deep Passage Canal in search of dinner. Land and sea otters along with seals and sea lions may be keeping a careful eye on you to make sure they will not have to share their next meal with you.
If action is more your style, Whittier has you covered. The historical 10,000 year old Portage trail is located on the right as you roll into town. Horsetail Falls and Emerald Point trails are great improved trails to get your feet wet. Are improved trails too mundane? I have called Whittier my home for over 20 years and I have yet to cover 2% of the wild wild wilderness. Bring a compass and a map because your cell phone will disappoint. Be careful, gravity is no joke!
If a wildlife & glacier day cruise, peaceful kayak excursion or scenic train ride sounds intriguing, this is a superb destination. As Mayor, I welcome you to our town and invite you to discover the many opportunities for adventure.
Mayor Daniel Blair