Icy Strait Point cruise port celebrates in June

photo: Icy Strait Point

Icy Strait Point is planning a series of events throughout the 2012 summer season to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Hoonah Packing Co. cannery, located at the heart of the Alaska Native-owned cruise ship destination.

Once the economic engine of Hoonah, the cannery is no longer used to process fish. Its facilities have been restored and guests can now take tours to see how the canning line operated in 1912, and enjoy a free museum that offers an historical look at the area and the commercial fishing industry in Southeast Alaska.

Icy Strait Point will celebrate with two Neighbor’s Days events, providing day excursion deals from Juneau and Gustavus for independent travelers that include transportation.

The first on June 23 will kick off the 100-year celebration, corresponding with the traditional start of the fishing season and will focus on the fishing history of the Icy Strait Point site and cannery. The second event on Saturday, August 24 will focus on the history of the cannery itself and the people who worked there.

Cruise passengers will also have access to prizes and informative cannery tours while in port throughout the season. Guests to Icy Strait Point can choose from 22 excursions and numerous recreational opportunities, from a new Island Exploration Tour, a new kayaking adventure, bear viewing, fishing or the world’s highest and longest ZipRider zip line.

For more information, visit www.icystraitpoint.com.

Source: Icy Strait Point

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