Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Haines is home to the largest congregation of American Bald Eagles in the world in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, created by the State of Alaska in 1982. The preserve occupies 48,000 acres of prime American Bald Eagle habitat along the muddy bottom lands of the Chilkat River. During the summer the river runs high and fast with glacial waters from the surrounding mountain peaks, but during the late fall and early winter the Chilkat River remains unfrozen and American Bald Eagles gather to feed on late salmon spawning runs. A highlight of driving the beautiful Haines Highway between 18 and 24 mile is sighting trees heavily laden with these beautiful birds. During the month of November and the peak gathering of birds of up to 3000 individuals, the American Bald Eagle Foundation hosts the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival, a week long festival that draws photographers from all over the world to capture these majestic birds. A part of these festivities include opportunities to learn about eagles, photography safaris, and releases of rehabilitated eagles back into the wild.
Eldred Rock Lighthouse
The waters in Southeast Alaska's Lynn Canal are notoriously stormy with many a ship meeting it an untimely ending dashed up against the rugged rock coastlines. The lighthouse at Eldred Rock was erected by the US Government in response to several tragedies that occurred in the Upper Lynn Canal. Most notorious was the Clara Nevada, a ship that sank in 1898 with a reported 75 souls and 850 pounds of gold, ony four of the 75 souls were believed to have survived and none of the supposed gold has ever been located. First lit on June 1, 1906, and decommissioned in 1973, Eldred Rock is the oldest original Alaskan Lighthouse building. In addition to the lighthouse and quarters, there is a boathouse, tramways and other small outbuildings used for storage and maintenance. The Haines Sheldon Musuem formed the Eldred Rock Lighthouse Preservation Association with the hopes of restoring and rehabilitating the lighthouse. As of this time there are currently no tours to Eldred Rock although some water tours get close enough for great photos ops. For more information about the lighthouse, visit the Sheldon Museum's Eldred Rock Lighthouse information page.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Just 15 minutes from Haines by air, the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is one of the most popular wilderness parks in North America. You'll experience spectacular glaciers, alpine scenery, and bountiful wildlife. Activities include glacier flightseeing, whale watching, day cruises, kayaking, hiking, fishing and camping. There are several flight tours that fly direct from Haines, for more information on them you can visit our tours section, or visit the Haines Visitor Information Center. For more information on the Park, click on Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
Spanning two countries and connected with a common history in the search for gold, The Golden Circle Route is the most unique and scenic drive in the world. Combined together, the communities of Haines, Haines Junction, Whitehorse, Skagway, and Juneau make the perfect land/sea package for the most memorable vacation full of wildlife, breathtaking beauty, history, and culture. Each community is a worthy destination in its own right.
Don't forget, if your travel plans include crossing the US/Canadian borders you must have a passport!
Alaska's Golden Circle
Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada
Kluane National Park represents some of the most amazing panaramas of mountain passes, crystal clear fresh water lakes and ample opportunities to view wild life. As part of a larger system of national parks and historic sites found throughout Canada, Kluane National Park protects and presents a nationally significant example of Canada's North Coast Mountains natural region and the associated regional cultural heritage. Fostering public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of Kluane National Park and Reserve while ensuring ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations is Parks Canada's goal.
PO Box 5495
Haines Junction, Yukon YOB 1L0, Canada
Phone (867) 634-7202
Fax (867) 634-7208
Tatshenshini - Alsek Provincial Park
Located just 1.5 hours north of Haines on the Haines Highway, the Tatshenshini-Alsek is considered to be one of the most magnificent river systems on earth, and forms the basis of the British Columbia provincial park that bears its name. Tatshenshini-Alsek Park contains nearly one million hectares of glacier-cloaked peaks, wild rivers, grizzly bears and unusual plant communities. Despite its remote location the ruggedly beautiful Tatshenshini-Alsek region is attracting an increasing number of recreationalists: kayakers and rafters are drawn to the two magnificent river systems; hikers and mountaineers confront a near-endless pristine wilderness that includes everything from alpine meadows to the jagged edges of the Alsek Ranges and Mt. Fairweather, at 4,633 metres the province’s highest peak; and mountain bikers can explore old mining roads and other interesting and challenging terrain.
Postal Bag 5000
Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0
Phone (250) 647-7320