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Jade Factory Tour?

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Jade Factory Tour?

We were told not to miss the Jade Factory. I dont see anything on Jade Factory. Where is it?

Seal oil factory??

Adults - Kids, will they get bored? Length of tour?

Thanks

Cadiz, Kentucky
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1. Re: Jade Factory Tour?

I hadn't heard of this!! But will sure be anxiously awaiting any information about it!

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We used to have a "Jade Factory Outlet" in Juneau... They opened up 2 or 3 summers ago, closed for the winter, and I never got a chance to see if they were still operating seasonally last year or not.

Here in Juneau it was a neat store, with a small bit of mining history and information on display - museum style. Even if you're not looking for a necklace or bracelet, it's one of those shops to at least stick your nose into to see what it's all about. In a cruiser's world of "Made in China" t-shirt shops, this was one of the few that stood out in my mind...

My favorite "factory outlet" in Anchorage has always been the Alaska Mint store on 5th Ave....

-Case

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Hi. I think you're referring to Kobuk Valley Jade Co in Girdwood, about half an hour's drive south of Anchorage. I was there about 10 years ago. Sounds like they have a new building since then, where you can watch the jade being worked on. Here is some info:

http://www.bellsalaska.com/anchashop.html

I also went to the Candle Factory that trip . I don't know if it is still run by the same people, but they were absolutely charming. Took me on a tour of their facility and explained everything. And yes, I did get to see them making the candles!

Are you renting a car? That's what I'd recommend. Here's a map of Girdwood. The Jade Co is #15 (C8), the Candle Factory is # 11 (E2).

http://www.girdwoodchamber.com/images/map/

I don't know how interesting your kids would find them. Guess it depends on their age? Would they enjoy goldpanning at Crow Creek Mine, just 3 miles outside of Girdwood?

http://www.akmining.com/mine/crow.htm

Other nearby places to go are Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and/or Portage Glacier (you can take a 1 hour boat tour to see Portage glacier, and/or hike a mile right to the face of Byron glacier where you might see real live iceworms).

http://www.alaskawildlife.org/index.html

alaska.org/glaciers/advice-roadside-glaciers…

Also there is a zoo in Anchorage the kids might enjoy:

http://www.alaskazoo.org/tour.htm

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4. Re: Jade Factory Tour?

Manitoba Mable Im pretty sure this is the "Jade Factory" they were talking about. Yes we had already planned on Crow Creek and the Wildlife Center. The kids are 7 and 10.

Weve been looking for a hike, and I will most definitely look into the glacier hike.

Thank you for the information.

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5. Re: Jade Factory Tour?

I visited the Kobuk Valley Jade Company last summer - very interesting shop with a decent amount of artifacts. Not a tour, just a shop. You can see some of the equipment being used to polish the jade. Probably wouldn't keep the kids interested for more than 20 minutes, though. Girdwood is a fun place to walk around, though, and you can always take the tram to the top of the mountain. Check out girdwoodalaska.com for info on all of the places that have been mentioned in these posts. Have fun!

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