The cannery features shops, a mid-1930s cannery line display and a museum, showcasing the industry's past and a history of Southeast Alaska. However, the cannery isn't all that Icy Strait Point has to offer. With the location being adjacent to other cruise ship itineraries in the region, Icy Strait Point is now a regular cruise ship port of call.
An array of excursions are available, including remote bush explorations, wildlife searches and a ZipRider zip line, which is the longest in the world at 5,330 feet long and features a 1,300 foot vertical drop.
On a recent trip bringing about 250 people from Juneau to Icy Straight Point by catamaran, the majority of passengers ventured onto the zip line. Participants must be between 90 and 275 pounds and comfortable with heights. The adventure begins with a narrated bus ride through the village of Hoonah and up the mountainside. Participants then take a shot walk to the docking station where they are placed in a harness chair and put their feet on a gate. Once the gate is open, riders shoot down a cable up to 60 miles per hour, passing through a wooded area before the bottom drop and the rider hangs 300 feet above the ground. The 90 second ride offers views of Port Frederick and Icy Strait.
Juneau resident Jess Parks went to Icy Strait Point during Juneau Day and said she enjoyed the variety the location had to offer.
"I was really impressed with how much they have been able to make out of a decrepit fish cannery overlooking a patch of clearcut," Parks said. "The site is beautiful, the renovations very well done, and the excursions were fun. The zip line was the definite highlight of my day."
Besides fun excursions, Icy Strait Point offers a close look at Native culture with a trail providing a glimpse at Tlingit history and a cultural theater featuring dancing and storytelling.