Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park

The Kenai Fjords National Park was established in 1980 to preserve more than 600,000 acres of spectacular habitat including the rainforest and fjord ecosystems, Harding Icefield, abundant wildlife, and archeological and historical remains.

The Kenai Region's Aboriginal roots begin with the Alutiiq.

Close connection to the land along with language, traditions, values, beliefs and kinship is a strong part of "being Alutiiq."

Their heritage blends different traditions. Before the Russian conquest in the late 1700s, people lived in large villages under the leadership of generational chiefs.

Through masked dances and ceremonies they communicated their spiritual journey. Art, design, and intellectual life were plentiful, but were also influenced by contacts with other Alaska Native cultures. Intermarriage and trade occurred with the Unangan of the Aleutian Islands, the Central Yupiit and Dena'ina Athabaskans to the north, and the Tlingit to the east. Oral traditions also tell of battles fought over territory and resources.

Until 1867 the Alutiiq suffered under Russian rule and the population was severely reduced by smallpox and other diseases. Eventually Russian language, foods, customs, and Orthodox religion became a part of Alutiiq life.

Things To See and Do In Kenai Fjords National Park

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There is abundant wildlife in the Park. These include black and brown bear, river otter, mountain goat, coyote, beaver, wolverine, gray wolf, moose and 191 species of birds. In the glacial waters one can find whales (humpback, orca, fin whales), sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, and porpoises.

Ways to enjoy some of this exquisite scenery include bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, camping, fishing, public use cabins, beach combing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, boat tours, ranger programs, mountaineering and flightseeing. There are over 80 lodges and hotels on the Kenai Peninsula from which to enjoy these activities, in particular accommodations in Homer.

The Town of Seward is considered the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. With a permanent population of over 3000, Seward is famous for its Fourth of July festivities which feature a gruelling foot race to the top of Mt. Marathon (3000 foot elevation).

The town has the usual breath-taking Alaskan landscape with all the amenities to resource an exploration of this stunning national park sanctuary.

Transportation options include rental car, bus line, cruise ship or the Alaska Railroad. Seward also has a small airport, and has a fine array of restaurants, shops, and lodging choices.


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