Small town Yukon...
"Quaint town -- on the Alaska Highway"
Haines Junction is just that - a junction. Head one direction to Whitehorse, another to Haines, Alaska, and yet another onwards up the Alaksa Highway to Fairbanks. Not much here except a couple hotels, food establishments and a gas station or two. There is a great bakery and if you need to stay here try the Raven -- it'll be the best place to stay!
Haines Junction, Yukon
I think it is fair to say that from the pictures I've provided here the scenery of Haines Junction and the Kluane Canadian National Park is simply amazing!!
Set against the spectacular backdrop of Canada's highest mountains, Haines Junction is a popular holiday destination for Yukoners as well as tourists. The community is located at the junction of the Alaska Highway and the Haines Highway, 158 kilometres west of Whitehorse.
The Haines Junction area was a crossroads long before the highways arrived. It is located on an early trade route used by the Coastal Tlingit and Chilkat peoples. The Southern Tutchone used it as a temporary staging area for trapping, hunting and fishing. The village itself was established in 1942, during construction of the Alaska Highway.
Haines Junction is best known as the access point to Kluane National Park and Reserve, a dramatically beautiful wilderness park, famous for its glaciers, mountains, and wildlife. Kluane National Park and Reserve, together with Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park in British Columbia, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Glacier Bay National Parks in Alaska, form the largest internationally protected area on earth. In 1980, Kluane National Park and Reserve was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a globally significant mountain wilderness. The park encompasses a portion of the St. Elias Mountains, including Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak.
The population of Haines Junction was slightly under 800 in 2003, much the same as it has been for a couple of years. The community's population rose a little during the mid 1990s but essentially has changed little since the early 1990s.
The 2001 Census indicated that about 70 percent of the population of the Village of Haines Junction had lived there for at least five years. This is close to the pattern for the overall Yukon population. Only about 12 percent of the 2001 population had moved to the town in the previous five years from outside of the Yukon, primarily from elsewhere in Canada. This compares with nearly 16 percent for the Yukon as a whole.
The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) is estimated to be about half of the overall community population. Census results for the Village of Haines Junction identify First Nations people at 40 percent of the population. However, this does not take into account the overall community area or CAFN villages outside the incorporated area.
Only 25 percent of the Haines Junction population falls into the 25-to-44 age group, compared to 31 percent Yukon-wide. There are proportionately more people in older age groups: about 32 percent of the population is from 45 to 64 years of age and almost 10 percent of the population is over 65 years of age. Comparable proportions for the Yukon as a whole are 29 percent and 7 percent. This age distribution reflects lack of opportunity for the working-age population. Some young adults leave the community to find work in places such as Whitehorse. Others likely work in other places for at least part of the year.
Almost half of the Haines Junction population is female, close to the Yukon average of 50 percent.