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Alaska is the Yukon’s closest American neighbour to the west. It is the largest state in the United States by area, and the least densely populated. With a population of 731,449 residents, Alaska’s population far exceeds that of the Yukon. Although the majority of Alaska’s population lives in Anchorage, the small communities of southeast Alaska have developed strong relationships with their Yukon neighbours as a result of a shared history and geographic ties.

In 1867, the United States purchased the territory of Alaska from Russia. For the first few decades under American ownership, Alaska was governed by the U.S. military as a district. The only American settlers lived in Sitka, a coastal town in the Alaskan panhandle.

When news of gold in Canada’s Yukon Territory reached the rest of North America, Alaska experienced a surge of newcomers. At a time when overland access to the Klondike was difficult at best, many prospectors from Vancouver, Seattle, and San Francisco chose to sail north on boats and start moving towards the Klondike after they landed in the coastal towns of Skagway and Dyea. Soon, Skagway filled with gold fever. Prospectors and miners crowded the Chilkoot Pass as they attempted to reach the Klondike.

The Gold Rush created the need to assert clearer boundaries between Canada and the United States, and a border dispute resolved in 1903 set the modern boundaries that lie north of the Lynn Canal. The Gold Rush also spurred exploration and settlement elsewhere in Alaska, and, like Skagway, the cities of Fairbanks and Ruby owe their existence to the 1898 gold rush. In 1912, Alaska became an official organized territory, and later obtained statehood in 1959.

Today, Alaska and the Yukon share more than just a border and a gold rush history. Close business relationships exist between the communities of Haines and Skagway and their Yukon neighbours, and the Alaska Highway,  which starts in Dawson Creek, BC and terminates in Delta Junction, connects Alaska to the lower 48 states. Because the Yukon provides the only overland access to Alaska, the two neighbours share an important tourism and transportation industry. Other important industries in Alaska today include resource extraction, oil and gas exploration, and fishing.

Businesses - Regular Listings

“Just For The Halibut” Fish & Chips Cafe

A Fine Line Alaskan Gifts

Alaska Christmas Store

Alaska Liquor Store

Alaska Marine Highway

Alcan Exposure

Ambiance Day Spa

Art Glass Alaska

  • (907) 983-3560

Assembly Of God

Baha’i Faith

Beyond Skagway Tours

Bonanza Bar & Grill

Broadway Video

Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints

Corner Cafe

  • (907) 983-2155

Dejon Delights

Duff’s Backcountry Outfitters

First Presbyterian Church

Frontier Excursions & Adventures

Glacial Smoothies & Espresso

Glacier Bay Lodge & Tours

Gold Digger Restaurant

Gold Rush Bar & Restaurant –
Klondike Gold Fields Dredge Tours

Gold Rush Trail Camp & Salmon Bake

Gray Line of Alaska

Haines Convention
& Visitors Bureau

Historic Skagway Inn

Jewell Gardens & Garden City Glassworks

Jewell Gardens Gift Shop & Glass Gallery

Klondike Gold Fields Dredge Tours

Mile Zero Bed & Breakfast

Olivia’s Bistro at the Skagway Inn

Packer Expeditions –
The Mountain Shop

Poppies at Jewell Gardens

Pullen Creek RV Park



Sgt. Preston’s Lodge

Skaguay News Depot

Skaguay News Depot & Books

Skagway Brothel Museum

Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau

Skagway Float Tours

Skagway Museum & Archives

Skagway Salmon Bake At Liarsville

Sockeye Cycle – Haines

Sockeye Cycle – Skagway

Sport Yukon’s Klondike Trail Of ’98 International Road Relay

St. Teresa Catholic Church

Stan Stephens Cruises


Train Shoppe, The

Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Westmark Skagway

Wild Alaska Catch –
Haines Packing Co.

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