Local Interests

Come browse through some of the local scenery, activities, animal life that you can expect to experience here in Petersburg, Alaska.

5 Best Things to do in Petersburg with Children

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Local Interests | Comments Off on 5 Best Things to do in Petersburg with Children

Petersburg has an abundance of activities ideal for the little ones, especially if you’re visiting in the warmer months (May through September). Pack lots of snacks and sunblock and be prepared to spend a lot of time in the sun — it won’t set until far past most children’s bedtimes. Check out this list of kid-friendly activities to make a great start to your family vacation in Petersburg.

  1. Spend a day at Sandy Beach Park. Not far from downtown Petersburg, this day-use area will keep the kids busy all day long. Start the afternoon with a picnic lunch, then leave time for playing on the beach or playground. There’s also a volleyball court and horseshoe pits. At low tide, you can explore the many different types of creatures on the beach, as well as Tlingit petroglyphs and remnants of old fish traps if the tide is low enough. You can also access two different trails from the park, including the one-hour City Creek Trail hike — perfect for spotting whales.
  2. Visit the Petersburg Boat Harbor. The three harbors in Petersburg are home to hundreds of commercial and sport vessels, and kids will love watching the array of boats passing by. You can often catch a glimpse of sea lions from here. Older kids might like to try their hand at fishing — go jigging for herring, or cast for Dolly Varden trout or even salmon. The harbors are just outside the downtown area, making it a convenient stop.
  3. Play at the Aquatic Center and gym. Kids of all ages will love this indoor facility, which includes a lap pool, warm water pool, and a water slide, as well as a gym with open play time. Adults can hit the gym too — there is a basketball court, weight room, and courts to play squash/racquetball. If you’re not visiting Petersburg during the summer, this is a great way to make sure the kids still get enough swim time during their vacation.
  4. Blind Slough Recreation Area. This is another perfect spot to pack a picnic lunch and make a day out of. Do some fishing, check out the bird viewing area, go for a swim, or hunt for frogs and tadpoles. In the spring, this is a great place to see baby fish.
  5. Pitch a tent at Green’s Camp. This gem of a campground is a fun place for a family camping trip. There is a giant hammock net in the trees to play on, and kids can go beachcombing nearby. The campsite is located at Mile post 27 on the Mitkof Highway.

From “Little Norway” to Busy Fishing Hub: A Short History of Petersburg

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in Local Interests | Comments Off on From “Little Norway” to Busy Fishing Hub: A Short History of Petersburg

Petersburg is a Southeast Alaska fishing community located on the northern tip of Mitkof Island, within the Tongass National Forest.

Over 1,000 years ago, before becoming an official town, Petersburg was inhabited by a group of native Alaskans known as the Tlingit. The Tlingit, native to the Pacific Northwest Coast, used the area for hunting and fishing long before European settlers arrived. Today, Alaska natives are still an important part of the culture in Petersburg.

In 1897, a Norwegian named Peter Buschmann discovered the area and would later became the town’s namesake. He and his family built the area’s first cannery, called the Icy Strait Packing Company cannery, along with a sawmill and a dock. The family’s homestead grew, and Petersburg was now mostly inhabited by Scandinavian immigrants, earning it the nickname “Little Norway.” The town was officially incorporated on April 20, 1910.

Petersburg quickly grew into one of Alaska’s major fishing communities. In 1916, Alaska’s first shrimp processor, Alaskan Glacier Seafoods, was founded, and in 1926 a cold storage plant was built. The original cannery is still in operation, and is now named Petersburg Fisheries.

The fishing industry is still central in Petersburg, and it has grown to become one of the major fishing ports in Alaska. Even the streets in downtown Petersburg are named after historic fishing vessels that came through the area. Over 3,000 people live in Petersburg year round, with 50,000 tourists visiting each year to take in the beauty of this busy fishing village.

 

Petersburg Alaska’s Oktoberfest Art Share 2014

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Local Interests | Comments Off on Petersburg Alaska’s Oktoberfest Art Share 2014

Petersburg’s largest arts and crafts fair, featuring handmade items by artists and crafters from around the state. Food booths sell lunch throughout the day and there are bake sales, candy, jellies, jams and syrups for sale. Start shopping for Christmas early. One of the food booths was raising money in support of a clean water drinking program at the Ban Huaysomtai School, Phukradung, Loei, Thailand. 100% of the proceeds went to the installation of a new clean water drinking system. Currently there is none. The food cart raised close to four thousand dollars towards this movement. Lots of crafts were also for sale all made locally here in Southeast Alaska. Face painting, home made chocolates and jellies, as well as ornaments, stained glass and home made hand bags just to name a few. A very well attended event indeed!

Halloween with the Sons of Norway

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Local Interests | Comments Off on Halloween with the Sons of Norway

Halloween time again in the halls of Sons of Norway which is the oldest lodge in Alaska. Every year a Halloween party is thrown for all the children to come, participate in games and a costume contest and, of course, overindulge in candy! This building dates back to 1912 and has been kept up in such great shape throughout the years that hosting events like this are possible! To learn more about our lodge and see what’s new please visit: http://www.petersburgsons.org

 

4th of July in Petersburg Alaska

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Local Interests | Comments Off on 4th of July in Petersburg Alaska

Commemorating our independence from Great Britain – our island is sure to celebrate! From fireworks to parades, barbecues to our local street fair, this little island in Southeast Alaska puts on quite the show! This year we celebrated our independence over the course of 3 days of fun. The rain let up just as the parade started (and started just as the parade ended) allowing for us to catch candy and cheer on the parade participants. The fireworks display during the evening was amazing as well. There was lots of activities for everyone to enjoy as Alaska’s “Little Norway” residents put on quite the celebration. If you have not experienced being in Petersburg Alaska during this time you should plan for it in the future!

Petersburg Alaska’s May Fest 2014

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Local Interests | Comments Off on Petersburg Alaska’s May Fest 2014

This annual celebration dates back to May 17th, 1958 when two local women, Bernadine Trones and Alma Wallen chaired the first Little Norway Festival in celebration of our unique Norwegian heritage. Syttende Mai or May 17th, celebrates the signing of Norway’s Constitution in 1814. Petersburg’s Little Norway Festival has grown over these last 49 years to span the 3rd weekend of May and celebrates not only Norway’s Constitution, but U.S. Armed Forces Day, the coming of spring and beginning of the fishing season.

Residents and visitors, young and old alike dressed in Norwegian bunader (folk costumes) host as well as partake in the Festival events. The rowdy Vikings and Valkyries stir up lighthearted mischief whenever and wherever they can. A great time to see local Petersburg culture and talent! Something to plan a trip around for sure!!

Humpback whales in Petersburg Alaska

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Local Interests | Comments Off on Humpback whales in Petersburg Alaska

It’s amazing what one can see from a boat off the shores of Petersburg Alaska in the summer. The humpback whales migrate through South East Alaskan waters during the summer months and create quite the show. These whales are known for their acrobatic breaching and slapping the water with their tails and pectorals. These whales can swim up to 16,000 miles each year. Killer whales, also known as Orcas or Black fish also swim through these waters. These whales are highly social and are regarded as apex predators which means they lack a natural predator. It must be nice to be on top of the food chain! It is a special sight to behold these animals (and others) in their natural habitat and is a shame that such thing is still captured and stuffed into pens for public viewing amusement. When possible, support causes that promote these impressive fish doing what they do naturally. Make the time and plan a trip up north to South East Alaska’s Petersburg and come see for yourself just how impressive these animals are in their natural environment.

Circle of Life Cabin Creek 5K Run/Walk

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Local Interests | Comments Off on Circle of Life Cabin Creek 5K Run/Walk

It was a beautiful sunny day in the land of South East Alaska for the third annual Circle of Life Cabin Creek Run/Walk. This wonderful event remembers those who have surrendered to the battle of cancer and those that have fought and were victorious. It was a great turn out as the run started with registration at Petersburg’s Sandy Beach. A light warm up and then they were off to the races for a 5K/3.1 mile run/walk in celebration of everyone. The proceeds benefited “Beat the Odds.” We here at Anchor Properties took a break from selling homes to photograph the event and its participants. It was a blast!

The New Petersburg Alaska Fire Station

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Local Interests | Comments Off on The New Petersburg Alaska Fire Station

Petersburg’s newest fire station was a much needed addition to this little town. Built in 2012 solely with state funds, this fire hall is over 18,500 square feet of fire fighting space. As you walk in the side entrance to the building you are greeted with a glass display which contains all the trophies and awards the fire station has achieved from attending various fire conferences and competitions. Of the 65 volunteer fire fighters only two are paid staff. The garage can hold 3 fire engines, 1 rescue truck, 2 ambulances, 1 search and rescue truck and 1 administrative pickup truck. There are two sleeping quarters and two shower rooms to the facility. There is also a conference room that can sit up to 42 people comfortably with tables and chairs. The conference room has a sound system, and a roll down screen. Its impressive to see these volunteers work. These fire fighters work extremely hard in addition to their daily lives to ensure that all the residents of Petersburg are safe and sound. My hat goes off to all these hard working volunteers and I can’t begin to thank them enough for all that they do to make this little town what it is. Everyone should hug their volunteer firefighter today!

Annual Petersburg Alaska Tree Lighting Ceremony

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Local Interests | Comments Off on Annual Petersburg Alaska Tree Lighting Ceremony

As we came in to fall here in Petersburg Alaska we turned our focus from selling homes in Alaska to the magic of the holiday season in down town Petersburg. The annual tree lighting ceremony this year was a hit! The weather cooperated and we were able to all gather with candles lit to watch the tree lights turn on for the first time. Kids ran around and everyone huddled close as the local Petersburg Viking band played holiday music and Santa made his special guest appearance. There truly is no place else to be during this time of year then Petersburg Alaska when it comes to holiday cheer!

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