Lots to see, friendly people, not overrun with the huge cruise ships.
Too small & quiet, not a town to visit for itself but for the tours offered...
It's ALMOST my Heaven on Earth!
This national park covers about 22,000 square km, which makes it nearly half the size of Switzerland! Its main features are the St. Elias Mountains, which lie right next to the Icefields range. These include Mont Logan, Canada's highest peak at nearly 6,000 m. Kluane National Park (it's pronounced Kloo-AH-Nee) was established in 1972. It is home to...more
If you have a bit of time to spare in Haines Junction, I'd recommend going of a self-guided tour of the village using the leaflet produced by the Yukon Tourism Department (click on the link below to print your own copy). Haines Junction is not very big - less than a thousand people live there - but, as a lady proudly pointed out, it's been voted...more
With a population of nearly 2,000, Haines, Alaska is slightly bigger than Haines Junction, but it remains a small town. There isn't that much to do, but there was enough to keep us busy for a morning while we waited for the ferry to depart for Skagway. The downtown core is full of souvenir shops that are fun to look at, but do be aware that prices...more
Haines Road stretches over 244 km, between Haines Junction (Yukon) and Haines (Alaska). It roughly follows the old Dalton Trail, named after Jack Dalton. The latter developed this trading route in the 1890s, establishing a few trading posts along the way. When the Gold Rush began, he started charging a toll to stampeders who would use the trail...more
We changed our schedule to be there on one of the few days that the Princess cruise ships were in Haines or Skagway – they have a contract with the cruise line. It was definitely well worth changing our schedule for it, as we were told. What had appealed to me was the opportunity to see animals that we would be almost definitely unlikely to see as...more
To be honest, I didn't get inside, but the outside looked interesting. One of my friends searches out unique museums and places, and when I was researching Haines before the trip, the Hammer Museum jumped out as a place to see. Unfortunately, our timing wasn't good for its hours of operation.more
We chose to stay at Hotel Halsingland because our friends were going camping, and this place also...more
108 Second Ave. N, Box 392, Haines, Alaska, 99827, United States
Good for: Couples
3 River Road, Haines, Alaska, 99827, United States
Good for: Couples
There aren't too many options when it comes to eating out in Haines Junction. Our friends asked us to choose between Frosty Freeze, a burger joint they really like, or the Village Bakery, and I'm soooo glad we chose the latter! Of course the bakery sells delcious homemade bread, including the traditional sourdough bread, and an amazing selection of...more
This tiny coffeehouse is located in the historic Fort Seward area. They offer an interesting selection of breakfast wraps and sandwiches, along with homemade bagels, muffins, smoothies and great coffee. There's some room to eat but space is very limited. Staff was nice and friendly, but a little mixed up - they probably could have used a shot of...more
This little grocery store specializes in organic food and local products (including wine, beer and spirits). It also includes a deli section, which has a nice selection of sandwiches, salads, soup, and coffee. There's a small cafe on the spot, so eating there is an option, but you can also order your meal to go, which is what we did. If you're...more
The Fogcutter is a nice local pub with some specialty beers on tap, big screen televisions, pool tables and overall a recommended stop.However if you are a dire hard Canadian hockey fan, I have to put this disclaimer on this recommendation. During game three of the Stanley Cup finals when Calgary won game three, 3-0 a group of us had to leave the...more
This is very nice local pub on Main Street that seems to cater equally to locals and to tourist. The two groups seem to blend nicely here. The bartender was fast and personable. I noticed a uniquely Alaskan pattern here. The crowd tends to build until about on hour before the ferry arrives and then builds again about one hour after the ferry...more
This is a nice local bar in the same building as the Bamboo Room. The back wall is plastered with bumper stickers that provide great enetertainment in themselves. Themes like "My wife said that if I didn't stop fishing so much, she is going to leave... and I will miss her.", "Move Willow to the capitol. " and hundreds more some of which are a...more
We took the ferry from Haines to Skagway as part of our "loop" road trip. Hours vary so it's best to check the Website when you plan your trip, but in our case the ferry left at 12:30 pm, which meant we had to check in at 10:30 am and be ready for departure at around 11:30 am - you don't have to stay at the terminal after check-in as long as you're...more
A great way to see Skagway and not have to stay there with all those thousands of cruise ship passengers is to stay in Haines and make a day trip to Skagway by fast ferry.About a 40 minute ride thru beautiful Lynn Canal, we went up at 11 in the morning and were back in Haines by 7:00PM. Vessel is owned by Chilkat Cruises, a native owned...more
There are options for getting into Haines for example the community is connected via the Alaskan Highway, plane, the State Ferry system and private operaters such as Chilkat Cruises which I am able to comment on.There are three gauranteed crossings a day between Skagway and Haines. It is approximately 35 minutes each way and the schedule is...more
Owned by Tom & Liz Heywood, this is a nice small book store located right on Main Street between Helen's Gift Shop and Howser's IGA. They have a nice collection from artist with local interst and a smaller gneral fiction and paperback selection. Tickets to cultural events can often be purchased here as well. Their collection of note cards is quite...more
Helen's old fashioned Gift shop is a rare breed nowadays. The shop is not packed with goods that you can buy at any souvenier shop, but she will have most anything you would need to remember a trip to Haines. The store is sparse enough that you really can see and enjoy all that she has to offer. We purchased birch syrup here after reading an...more
This store is crammed with souviniers, scented items, and gift items. While many shop-a-holics and housewife types will just love the stacked ailses of scented soaps, candles, gift cards, and just about any souvenier you can imagine, it is the kind of place that makes me dizzy after about five minutes. If you need fresh flowers, this is where you...more
Someone in Haines decided to decorate this beautiful little tree along the highway about 20 miles from town. The tree just sits there and shared joy. This reminded me of the movement called Random Acts of Kindness - which can be found on-line. Haines wasn't the only place that I saw decorated Christmas trees out in the middle of nowhere.more
Tlingit indians have made their home in the Chilkat Valley for centuries. Storytelling is integral to the culture with ownership of the tales closely held. Lively theatrical presentations are staged weekly thoroughout summer at Ft. Seward. The storytelling group of the Chilkat Dancer's theatre troups use elaborate costumes and mask to bring Tlingit...more
Coming from eastern Canada where bears are not unheard of but definitely not as common as they are in the Yukon, it's a good thing that our friends were there to remind us of the very real possibility that we might encounter a bear during one of your hiking trips. Parks Canada has produced a very useful brochure that tells you first of all how to...more
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Luggage and bags:
Maximum of two per person both of which will pass the carry-on test. Pack for half the trip. Do laundry if you need to, or better don't take anything you wouldn't wear twice and could combine to make a new outfit. Alaska is most definitely not a fashion show.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layers Layers Layers
Good hiking boots or very comfortable walking shoes with good soles and a waterproof shell are essential. You can even get by without a coat except in the winter. I didn't take a coat and I still found myself shedding layers, even after the first sunstantial fall cold snap and snow on the surrounding mountains. Take a fleece sweatshirt and long underwear and you are ready for anything nature has to offer from May to September.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent, though I did't wear it or need it in september and we spent a fair amount of time in the woods. Meclizine for motion sickness. (Dramamine non-drowsy) makes you a little sleepy, but not hung over.
Photo Equipment: A zoom is really nice for wildlife shots. Binoculars are very useful.
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...more
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...more
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...more
There are several spectacular hiking trails in the Haines area. The easiest trail is the Battery Point Trail which starts down the waterfront road past Port Chilkoot dock in Ft. Seward. Though it is classified as easy, it is difficult enough for a good workout. It winds up and down over the low ridges in a dense coastal forest and ends at a rocky...more
I was hoping to visit the Eagle Foundation and the Hammer Museum, however those places weren't open until June 1st. So if you're wanting to visit those places, as well as the Sheldon Jackson Museum, plan your trip for after the Memorial Day weekend...unless you just want to go for the Beer Festival!!!more