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.
Some fun American Bald Eagle facts:
- Bald Eagle wingspan can be up to 7 feet wide
- An eagle can spot a fish up to one mile away
- They can fly up to 30 mph and reach 100 mph when diving for fish
- Bald Eagles recieve their signature white head and tail feathers between their fourth and fifth year
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. You can contact a Haines air service for flightseeing and tour information 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. Although the trip can be made in one or two days, we highly recommend taking a few days to explore each location and let your own spirit of discovery take you on the adventures of a lifetime. Contact for a Golden Circle Brochure.
A trip to Haines often includes venturing north to our Yukon neighbors, especially those on a driving adventure. Be sure to check out Alaska road conditions and Yukon road conditions for weather and road maintenance updates. For travel information regarding what to see and do during your trip through the Yukon, visit the Travel Yukon web site.
The US/Canadian border is 40 miles from downtown Haines.
As of June 1, 2009, anyone entering the U.S. by air, land, or sea is required to have a valid passport. Currently, the requirements for entering Canada are still set at the levels of photo ID with birth certificate. This means, you may be able to cross the border into Canada but would not be able to re-enter the U.S. without a passport. Please be prepared if your travel plans include crossing the US/Canadian borders. For the latest border crossing information visit the US Customs and Border Protection web site. You may also contact the US Border office Dalton Cache at 907-767-5511 or the Canadian Border Pleasant Camp office at 907-767-5540.
Department of Tourism & Culture
Government of Yukon
Alaska's Golden Circle
Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada
Travel Haines Scenic Byway north for about three hours and discover the untamed beauty of the Yukon wilderness.
Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada covers an area of 21,980 square kilometres. It is a land of precipitous, high mountains, immense icefields and lush valleys that yield a diverse array of plant and wildlife species and provides for a host of outdoor activities. Kluane National Park and Reserve is also home to Mount Logan (5959 m/19,545 ft), Canada's highest peak.
As part of a larger system of national parks and historic sites found throughout Canada, Kluane National Park and Reserve 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.
Activities range from rafting the Alsek River to lakeside camping, backpacking, hiking, and mountaineering. Interpretive programs, fishing, flightseeing and skiing are also available.
Contact a Haines travel agency (go to Getting To Haines), or contact the Visitor Reception Center in Haines Junction for more information.
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. Situated in the very northwest corner of British Columbia, it nestles between Kluane National Park and Reserves in the Yukon and Glacier Bay & Wrangell-St. Elias National Parks and Preserves in Alaska. Combined, these parks comprise the largest protected area in the world, approximately 8.5 million hectares. The Tatshenshini-Alsek Park has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Alsek and Tatshenshini rivers are responsible for much of what’s special in the area. The great gap they’ve carved through the coastal mountains allows cool, moist ocean air into the cold interior. The quick change from ocean to interior environment, frequent floods, landslides and avalanches, a varied geology and great elevation changes have together created an exceptionally diverse range of habitat conditions.
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. Interestingly, the Haines Highway provides an opportunity to see much of the same unusual plant and animal diversity that river users experience.
Postal Bag 5000
Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0
Phone (250) 647-7320