Icy Strait Point, Port Frederick

Icy Strait Point, Port Frederick

by | Mar 11, 2019

Icy Strait Point, also called Cannery Point and Inner Point Sophia, is located on the eastern shore at the mouth of Port Frederick, on the northeast coast of Chichagof Island, about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) northwest of Hoonah, Alaska. Icy Strait Point has a rich fishing history, and today is a privately owned cruise destination.

The Huna Tlingit have lived in Cross Sound, Glacier Bay, and along Icy Strait for thousands of years. During the peak of the Little Ice Age, a period between about 1300 and 1870, glacial advance forced the Huna to relocate from Glacier Bay to Port Frederick. Russian fur traders arrived in the 1880s and soon the village had a school, stores, and a church. The village was called “Gaudekan” meaning “bell town”. A post office was established in 1901 and was responsible for giving the village its present name of Hoonah. In 1912, the Hoonah Packing Company built the first cannery north of town at Cannery Point. Ownership of the cannery changed many times, but the cannery has always played a key role in the local economy.

The Huna Totem Corporation was established as part of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971. The Act was intended to resolve the long-standing issues surrounding aboriginal land claims, as well as to stimulate economic development throughout Alaska. The corporation purchased the cannery site in 1996 to preserve the character of the local village and culture as much as possible, while still providing substantial economic prospects. The cannery site was restored and now includes the original 1930s Hoonah Packing Company facility converted into a museum, restaurant, and shops. Icy Strait Point was first opened for cruise ships in 2004. Read more here and here. Explore more of Icy Strait Point and Port Frederick here:

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