For thousands of years, the area of present-day Haines Junction was a place for the seasonal hunting and fishing camps of the Southern Tutchone people. Its proximity to the Chilkat Pass meant that the area was used extensively for trading between the Southern Tuchone people and the coastal Tlingit people. The townsite you see today rose up during the construction of the Alaska Highway and the Haines Road in the early 1940s.
With a population of about 600, Haines Junction stands at the crossroads of the Haines and Alaska highways. It is also the headquarters for Kluane National Park Reserve (part of the biggest internationally protected area in the world) and provides an access point to Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Provincial Park in British Columbia. Overlooking the community are the towering peaks of the St. Elias Mountains. This makes Haines Junction an ideal base for wilderness adventures such as hiking, camping, fishing, rafting, and flightseeing. You’ll find a range of services such as hotels, B&Bs, cabins, campgrounds, restaurants, and more.
Haines Junction was born during the Alaska Highway project, serving as a U.S. army base to house engineers working on the road’s construction. It was named after the community of Haines, situated on the Alaska coast. The 257-kilometre Haines Highway connects Haines and Haines Junction via the 1,065-metre-high Chilkat Pass. This highway was originally constructed to provide a direct route for transporting supplies shipped into Haines to the Alaska Highway project.