Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Icy Strait Point, Alaska is under development as a cruise ship destination. At present, the main attraction is a large cannery building that includes an interesting museum about the salmon industry in Alaska, and some small shops in the same building.

Hoonah Packing Company Museum display

Hoonah Packing Company Museum display

The ship tenders passengers to the pier of Chichagof Island.

Upon arrival, the Hoonah Packing Company building and museum is just steps away from the drop off location.  The museum tells the story of the region, and of the packing industry that developed in the late 1800’s.  As you move deeper into the museum, there are small shops with local artworks and promotional products available for purchase.  It is a good mix of shopping and cultural history.  Plan on spending about an hour in the cannery area.

Wood-burning and totems at Salmon People area

Wood-burning and totems at Salmon People area

Also near the entry, the Tribal Dance and Cultural Legends theater performance is available for seated entertainment.  This performance illustrates the heritage of  the region’s people and the impact of the natural forests and waters of southeast Alaska. The Huna Tlingit performers embrace their historical culture with representations through song and dance and through display of their tribal costumes.

After the theater show, venture to the other side of the island to encounter the wood-burning fire and scenic views from the island.  This trail also leads to the zipline riding areas.

The Planes, Trains and Automobiles status: Plane trips = 3; train trips = 3, ships/boats = 3, bus/shuttle trips = 8, taxi/car= 2, golf cart = 3

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