The Haines Highway is one of the most spectacular drives in the North. In 2009 it was awarded the distinction of National Scenic Byway and when you drive it you will understand why. The Highway is 247 km long and is an excellent road. It essentially follows the trail used by the Chilkat / Tinglit First Nations who traded with the Athabascan First Nations in the interior of the Yukon. It was originally called the “Grease Trail” as the main commodity was oil from the candle fish found in the ocean near Haines. In the late 1800s the trail was improved by Jack Dalton, an explorer and white trader, who recognized the importance of the route and established several Trading Posts. The trail was developed before the Klondike Gold Rush and the ever entrepreneurial Dalton charged a fee to hopeful miners on their way to the Klondike.
It is now part of the “Golden Circle Route” Which links Whitehorse, Skagway, Haines and Haines Junction. This route includes a one hour ride on the Alaska Marine Highway between Haines and Skagway. This is a highly recommend side trip on your Northern Adventure.