Kasaan, Prince of Wales Island

Population: 89.

Located at the head of Kasaan Bay.

Kasaan gets its name from the Tlingit word meaning “pretty town.” According to the Alaska Dept. of Commerce, this historic Haida community was originally Tlingit territory, until Haidas “migrated north from Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands) in the early 1700s and established the village now known as Old Kasaan.

“Chief Son-i-hat built the Whale House during the 1880s, a traditional clan house which became the focus of the new Kasaan Totem Park. Many of the totems left from the old village site were moved to the park in 1938. Kavilco, Inc., the local village corporation, purchased the old cannery buildings and property in 1974. Organized Village of Kasaan, a federally recognized tribe, was formed in Kasaan in 1938. The City of Kasaan was incorporated in 1976.”

This historic Haida village is located at the end of a 16-mile gravel road off of the road to Thorne Bay. Cabin rentals, a cafe and tours are available; visit kasaan.org.