For around 2,000 years, the Southern Tutchone people had seasonal hunting and fishing camps in the area of present-day Haines Junction. The original name of the area was "Dakwakada", a Southern Tutchone word meaning "high cache". It was common for Tutchone people to use raised log caches to store food year-round or temporarily while they hunted and fished in an area.
The Haines Junction area was also important for trade between the coastal and interior peoples. It lies at the interior end of the Chilkat Pass, one of only three passes that allowed travel between the coast and the interior, which was used extensively for trade between the coastal Tlingit and Southern Tutchone people.
Haines Junction was established in 1942 and 1943 during the construction of the Alaska Highway. In 1943, a second highway, the Haines Highway, was built to connect the Alaska Highway with the coastal town of Haines, Alaska, over the Chilkat Pass, hence the name of the community. Situated at the junction of these two highways, Haines Junction was a construction camp and a supply and service centre for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers building the highway.
Haines Junction is on the Alaska Highway (historical mile 635), approximately 154 km (96 mi) from west of Whitehorse, and is the northern terminus of the Haines Highway. The Haines Junction Airport has no scheduled airline service.
- Da Ku Cultural Center, 280 Alaska Highway, ☏ . The Da Kų Culture Centre is an innovative cultural facility and celebrates the culture and traditions of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
- St. Elias Convention Centre, 178 Backe St. It houses the municipal offices and is home to a local history exhibit depicting significant events of the Kluane region since 1890. The Haines Junction Permanent Art Collection includes acrylic painting, ceramics, a Millennium Quilt, silk screen wall hanging, and carvings by local artists.
- Exterior artwork can be found at the James Smith Administration Building – the Homeward Bound dogsled sculpture. Atop the local waste management facility sign is a large metal raven sculpture, and a truck box planter with three metal ravens is located at the main intersection, next to the RCMP station. On the opposite corner, the Village Monument sculpture illustrates local wildlife. Nicknamed "The Muffin", this is probably the most photographed spot in "The Junction".
- Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church (along the highway towards Whitehorse). Built in 1954, the church uses parts from an old army Quonset hut left over from the highway construction days.
- St. Christopher's Anglican Church (wcross the highway from Our Lady of the Way). An eight-sided log church designed and constructed by a local craftsman. The church basement houses a local art gallery during the summer months.
- Kluane National Park and Reserve. Composed of two parts: a national park and a national park reserve in the southwest corner of Yukon. It is part of the Kluane-Wrangell-St. Elias-Glacier Bay-Tatshenshini-Alsek UNESCO World Heritage Site (main article: Kluane National Park).
- Kluane Glacier Air Tours (based at Haines Junction Airport), ☏ . Flightseeing tours of Kluane National Park and Mount Logan (Canada's highest mountain).
- Icefield Discovery, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Flightseeing, glacier landing, and icefield camp. Fly from Kluane Lake, follow Kaskawulsh Glacier, cross the St. Elias Mountain divide to the Mt. Logan massif.
- On the edge of town, Pine Lake is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, fishing and boating with a beach and playground area that make it a perfect family destination.
- At the other end of town, just north of the Dezadeash River bridge, a parking lot on the west side of the Haines Highway is the starting point the 5.5-km Dezadeash River Trail.
- The 15-km Auriol Trail provides a close up look of the St. Elias Mountains and great views of Haines Junction. The trailhead is 7 km south of town on the Haines Highway.
- Frosty Freeze, 198 Alaska Highway, ☏ . Serves the best burgers, sandwiches soft and hard ice cream and ice cream treats. Open May through September
- Guys & Dolls Bistro, 102 Steele Street, ☏ . Greek and Canadian
- Lucky Dragon Restaurant, 225 Alaska Highway, ☏ . Chinese, Asian
- Northern Lights Steak & Seafood Restaurant (located at the Alcan Motor Inn) (Junction of the Alaska & Haines Highways), ☏ .
- The Raven, 181 Alaska Highway (located in The Raven Hotel), ☏ .
- Village Bakery & Deli, 116 Auriol Street, ☏ . Cafe, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly; Open May to September.
- Mile 1016 Pub, 1 Haines Road, ☏ .
Bed & BreakfastEdit
- Aspen Place Suite, ☏ . One-bedroom kitchenette suite available on a nightly/weekly basis.
- Alcan Motor Inn (Junction of the Alaska & Haines Highways), ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ email@example.com. 23 rooms; single and double queen beds, kitchenettes, 2 bedroom suites, a handicap accessible room and a jacuzzi suite.
- Cozy Corner Motel and Restaurant, ☏ , .
- Parkside Inn, 137 Haines Highway, ☏ . Each suite with fully equipped kitchenettes stocked with breakfast items and full 3 piece private bathrooms
- Raven Hotel, 181 Alaska Highway, ☏ .
- Stardust Motel, 1015 Alaska Highway (1 km west of Haines Junction), ☏ . 6 non-smoking rooms, Satellite TV, private bath/WC with hair dryer, coffee maker etc.
- Wanderer's Inn Backpacker's Hostel, 191 Backe Street, ☏ .
- Haines Junction FasGas and RV Park, 270 Alaska Highway, ☏ . Gas station, convenience store and RV park located across the Alaska Highway from the Champagne and Aishihik Cultural Centre.
- [dead link] Kluane R.V. Kampground, ☏ , toll-free: .
|Routes through Haines Junction|
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