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Kenai is located in the Kenai Peninsula Borough southwest of Anchorage, between Nikiski and Soldotna along Kenai Spur Highway near the Cook Inlet. It is on the western boundary of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
More than 200 years ago, European visitors to the area encountered the Dena'ina Athabascans. In 1778, English captain James Cook sailed up Kenai Bay, now Cook Inlet, in search of the Northwest Passage. The first white settlement of Kenai was set up by Russian fur traders in 1791. TheHoly Assumption of the Virgin Mary was built in 1849. The Northern Packing Company built the first cannery in Kenai, now part of the Alaska Territory, in 1888.
Today Kenai, population 6,942, relies on industries that include natural gas, oil, commercial fishing and tourism. Visitors can view beluga whales feeding on salmon, grazing caribou, swooping eagles and active volcanoes. A self-guided walking tour of Old Town Kenai is recommended. Also of interest is the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.
Art Bishop Lake Studio |
Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns A Kenai Veiw Bed and Breakfast |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Horn Mountain Wilderness Lodge | Kenai Kings Inn |
RV campgrounds and dealers Betty's RV Park |
Science Challenger Learning Center of Alaska |
Shopping Kenai Shopping Center |
Sports and Sporting Events Harry Gaines Kenai River Fishing Guide |
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Great Alaska Sportsman Show Anchorage AK March28 The Great Alaska Sportsman Show is one of America's most unusual gatherings of men and women who love the great outdoors and the Alaska vendors, exhibitors and experts who seek to equip and prepare them for a season afield.
The four-day show draws sell-out crowds of people who care passionately about fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, climbing and virtually all other outdoor activities.
Anchorage Festival of Music Anchorage AK April14 The Anchorage Festival of Music is a non-profit community organization dedicated to presenting classical music and educational opportunities in music for the people of Alaska. It is supported in part by grants from the Atwood Foundation, Getty Foundation, Carr Foundations and by major contributions from corporations, as well as generous contributions of time and financial support from many individuals and businesses.
Slam'n Salm'n Derby Anchorage AK June7-16 Win a boat, motor, and trailer.
Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon Anchorage AK June22 The Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon includes, a marathon (26.2 miles),
marathon relay (4 X 6.5 miles),
half marathon (13.1 miles).
five miler (5.6 miles), and a
youth cup (1.6 miles).
Bear Paw Festival Eagle River AK July10-14 Located in Eagle River, in the parking lot south of the Garcia's Restaurant, the Bear Paw Festival Vendor Court is a great place to find live entertainment, a variety of great food, and shopping for everyone. Definitely the perfect place to take your family!
Bear Paw Festival Eagle River AK July10-14 This event includes, US Army & AK National Guard Games & Exhibit,
3 on 3 BB Tourney,
Community Service Awards,
Classic 5K Race,
Bear Paw's Got Talent,
Bear Paw Photo Contest,
Bear Paw Quilt Exhibit & Events,
Bear Paw Royalty Pageant,
Chepo's Classic Car Show,
Community Entertainment on Stage,
Dog & Owner Look A Like with VCA, and much more.