Locations in Yukon
Haines Junction | Yukon
The highway community of Haines Junction is nestled at the base of the St. Elias Mountains must have a special allure. Most of the people you will meet are friendly, open and longtime residents of this community. Locals and visitors can go glacier flightseeing, river rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling or cross-country skiing. Haines Junction is also the headquarters for Kluane (pronounced Kloo-WA-nee) National Park.
The 7,000 to 9,000-ft. summits of the Kluane Mountain Range parallel the highway and the St. Elias Mountain Range just to the west contains many of Canada’s highest peaks, including Mt. Logan – 19,550 ft.
A uniquely designed Roman Catholic Church and an Anglican Church made of logs are popular photographic subjects in Haines Junction. A new administration building for territorial government offices also houses the library and liquor store.
Haines Junction Monument This monument, depicting the major wildlife of the Kluane area, was built in 1987 and currently sits at the cross roads of the Alaska and Haines Highways. Directly behind the monument is a visitor information panel about Haines Junction, its services and attractions. An indoor swimming pool is located at the community center.
Yukon Visitor Center in the Da Ku Cultural Centre. Parks Canada has an information specialist in the same building so you can inquire about Kluane National Park.
Da Ku Cultural Centre “Our House” celebrates the vibrant language, culture and traditions of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations people and offers guided tours, campfire talks, traditional artwork, artifacts, and more.
In 1942 the Army Corps of Engineers began to construct a road to the Port of Haines, Alaska on the Lynn Canal. These hard working troops faced incredible challenges. The branch road which was completed in 1943 is now the Haines Highway leading to the Alaska Marine Highway System and is one of the most beautiful highways in the north.