This wooden bridge dates back to 1903, when a short-lived Gold Rush brought a slew of miners to the Kluane Lake area. Gold had been found in the Alsek River, so these men started panning for gold in creeks all around the lake. A wagon road had to be built to facilitate movement in the area, and the old Canyon Creek Bridge was part of it. It is said to be the oldest surviving bridge in the Yukon, although it can no longer support road traffic. One of the men who helped design and build it was Sam McGee, the road worker whose name Robert Service borrowed for his famous poem "The Cremation of Sam McGee" because he liked the sound of it. McGee granted Service permission to use his name, never thinking that the poem would become so popular: he once came home with an urn supposed to contain his own ashes - they were being sold to tourists in Whitehorse (!).
The Canyon Creek Bridge is located at km 1548 on the Alaska Highway.
The first people to call the Chilkat Valley (Haines, Alaska) home were the Tlingit Indians.
Because the area which is now the bald eagle preserve has rivers that never froze over in the winter, they had yearly access to fish. Game and berries were also plentiful. Because their food and resources were abundant, they could spend more time on other skills and less on survival.
They were the ones who made the totem poles as their form of recording history.
You can get a tour of the Tlingit Indian Village, Klukwan, if you wish. We saw it from the river - it didn't look like too much, but one never knows unless they explore!
Contact the Haines Visitor Center:
(M-F = 8-7
SS = 9-6)
Haines has many do it your self activities, getting out and hiking, fishing, crabbing and just a lot of area to explore. This can be done with no guides and very little expense, just ask around or just do it! A great place to play is Chilkat state park and Chilkoot state park. Good camping, wildlife viewing, fishing and so on, the locals are happy to give advice especially sitting around a fire sipping some haines brewery spruce tip ale.
Visit Dalton City, the movie set for Disney's White Fang located at the Southeastern Alaska State Fairgrounds.
The Fair takes place yearly for 5 days in August, but you can stop to see the set anytime. Fair includes a parade, exhibits, logging show, live music, food and entertainment.
We understand the set was moved there from the nearby film-shooting location.
Most people don't go here unless it is fair time. Did you know that there is an entire movie set of an old western town out at the fairgrounds? I believe the set was used for the filming of the movie "White Fang". There are few artsy little shops and the Haines Brewing Company.
This is another interesting looking museum that, unfortunately, doesn't open until June 1st. I was only there for the last weekend of May. Next time.....