Adventures Nearby

The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve was created by the State of Alaska in June 1982. The Preserve was established to protect and perpetuate the world's largest concentration of Bald Eagles and their critical habitat.

The combination of open water and plentiful food brings over 3,000 eagles into the Chilkat Valley beginning in early October and lasting until January. The peak of the gathering usually occurs in mid-November.

Visitors to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve need only drive 18 miles from Haines on the Haines Highway to find excellent eagle viewing areas. Newly-created pullouts along the highway are provided for eagle watchers and photographers. Interpretive displays, walking trails, and shelters enhance the experience.

Each winter during the months of November and December, photographers and nature lovers flock to the Chilkat Valley to view the spectacle of thousands of Bald Eagles as they gather at the Chilkat River Council Grounds to feed on a late run of chum salmon. This unique event is described more completely on the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival web page.

115 Haines Hwy.
PO Box 49
Haines, AK  99827
Phone (907) 766-3094

First lit on June 1, 1906 and one of the remotest lighthouses in North America, the Eldred Rock Lighthouse was built after some disastrous shipwrecks in the vicinity, especially during the 1898 Gold Rush, when the Lynn Canal was full of steamships bringing miners to Skagway for their climb over Chilkoot Pass.

Eldred Rock is the oldest original Alaskan Lighthouse building. The octagonal building is constructed of the same huge timbers brought to the island by the US Government in 1905. The light was situated 91 feet above sea level and had a range of more than 15 miles. The fog signal was a first order, compressed air siren. In addition to the lighthouse and quarters, there is a boathouse, tramways and other small outbuildings used for storage and maintenance.

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.

Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center
11 Mains Street
PO Box 269
Haines, AK  99827
Phone (907) 766-2366

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.

For more information about all the communities along the Golden Circle Route, visit the Drive Yukon web site and the alaskasgoldencircle.com website.

Yukon Info

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
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2C6 

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
 

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