Located roughly 40 miles from the city of Juneau, on Chichagof Island, the town of Hoonah was originally settled by the Tlingit tribe known as the Huna. Situated in Icy Strait, near Glacier Bay National Park, it was occupied by the Tlingit people since ancient times. In the late 1800's the Northwest Trading Company came into the area and built a general store. By the early 1900's, The Hoonah Packing Co. had built a large cannery near the town, which still operates today.
Modern day Hoonah has a population of just under 900 people. A fairly recent cruise ship destination, the town has developed an active tourist trade with many attractions and activities. Visitors to Hoonah can go on a tour of the historic cannery, or enjoy outdoor expeditions such as bike treks and zip rides, kayaking, ATV tours and sportfishing. There are several different tours and cultural events available for booking through the cruise lines that go into Hoonah. There are also several gift shops, as well as restaurants touting fresh seafood on their daily menus.
In addition to cruise lines, there is scheduled charter air service out of Juneau to Hoonah daily, as well as state ferry service in the summer. The Icy Strait Point website has more information on the area at www.icystraitpoint.com.
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