Backpacking from Yakutat, Alaska

We’ve hosted quite a number of groups from the Northern Widerness of North America. They are not typical of backpackers who stay in hostels, but arrive (usually in groups) seeking a “cultural experience”.

We’ve had groups from the Yukon Territory; the Northwest Territories; Nunavut;  and even from Greenland. This week we had a group of young travelers from Yakutat, Alaska.

Yakutat, is an Alaskan coastal town whose residents are engaged (mostly) in the fishing industry. This sparsely inhabited coastal strip of land is (seemingly rather unlikely) the third largest town in the world by area.

The 9,500 square mile “townsite” is about three times the size of the state of Rhode Island. The name of the area “Yakutat” is of Tlingit origin – Yaakwdáat (“The place where canoes rest”). So Yakutat City, with just around 4000 souls is actually the largest city in America (12th worldwide) by area.

The young group of about 25 “Yakutatians” have visited Toronto’s CN Tower, museums and shopping malls (covering similar attractions as our previous group fron Nunavut earlier this year).

This group wasted no time. They were up with the sun; then out and about exploring all day. They proved so elusive that we were unable to connect with them to get a group photograph.

All that is left to say is this young group was a pleasure for us to host and we look forward to future visits from groups from Yakutat.

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From the serene and beautiful Yakutat Bay….

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…to the bright lights of the big city.


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