Local Interests

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

5 Things to do in Petersburg for Nature Lovers

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Local Interests | Comments Off on 5 Things to do in Petersburg for Nature Lovers

Petersburg is a nature lover’s haven, full of activities for everyone from the tranquil nature observer to the thrill-seeking outdoor adventurer. While many of the most popular tourist activities are best in the summer, there are plenty of options for year-round outdoor fun as well.

  1. Hiking
    Lacing up those hiking boots and taking to the trails is one of the best ways to get to know the Petersburg area. The Tongass National Forest offers over 700 miles of trails. You’ll find everything from quick jaunts around a pristine lake to multi-day backpacking trips along alpine trails. It’s a good idea to read up on your adventure before you go to get familiar with the area’s pests and learn what to pack for the time of year you are going and how to stay safe on the trails.
  1. Whale watching
    The Frederick Sound passage is known to be one of the best places to see humpback whales in all of North America. In the summer, Petersburg is a major feeding ground for these whales. Booking a charter or cruise is the best way to get a good view of the whales while learning about their behaviors.
  1. Glacier viewing
    Seeing a glacier up close is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Tours in the Petersburg area take viewers through Leconte Bay fjord to see the LeConte Glacier and take in the beauty of deep-blue icebergs. Some trips will even allow you to hike among some of the icebergs near the shore.
  1. Beachcombing
    When the tide is right, a patient beachcomber will be rewarded with abundant treasures. Along with the usual beach finds like shells and bits of weathered glass, you might also find Tlingit petroglyphs, pieces from old wooden boats, and remnants of ancient fish traps. While you don’t need any special permits to go beachcombing, you will want to pick up a guide to know when the tide is right. Wear waterproof hiking boots or basic rubber boots and bring (or find) a walking stick for your journey. Make sure to pack insect repellent too.
  1. Birding
    Petersburg offers incredible opportunities for wildlife viewing. Over 240 bird species have been spotted in the area, including frequent eagle sightings. Birding excursions allow visitors to learn about all the many species of birds and how to spot them, or you can simply pick up a guidebook and find a quiet spot to observe on your own.

 

Halloween 2015 with the Sons of Norway

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Local Interests | Comments Off on Halloween 2015 with the Sons of Norway

Welcome to Fedrelandet #23 Sons of Norway! Its a spooky time of year — HALLOWEEN in Southeast Alaska. Everyone and anyone who has a little child on Mitkof Island pour into this old hall to partake in spooky festivities. Built in 1912 this hall can accommodate a lot of people within its walls. Weddings, funerals, dances, potlucks, even basket ball games (the hoop is still there) were once had in this historic building.

Halloween for the kids kicks off at 4:00 and ends just before the trick-or-treating begins amongst the houses. Hot dogs, candy, cookies, cupcakes and various other treats await the kids between games in the hall. Halloween in the hall ends with a costume contest and this year the judges picked their top 5 most favorite. Such a great community to live in!

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!

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