Whitehorse

The capital of the Yukon, this little city offers everything you'd expect from a much larger one!

@Gov't of Yukon / Fritz Mueller

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Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Whitehorse is located 250 miles from Haines by road, and it is a spectacular drive and has everything a big city does. Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon and the territorials travel hub with multiple flights through different carriers into the Erik Nielsen International Airport, a great community for exploring the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and the surrounding areas.  Discover what makes the Yukon unlike any other place in the world, capturing the hearts and imagination of travelers from around the world. Rich living-history, stunningly unique geography, and more epic scenes than a Hollywood blockbuster.   You will want to return to repeat the adventure because you know you missed something.  Once in Whitehorse you can choose one of several ways to get to Haines:

  • Most often people rent an RV or vehicle in Whitehorse and make the drive to Haines Junction, YT, and then turn south on to Alaska on the Haines Highway, traveling through the Bald Eagle Preserve on their way to Haines.
  • You could also drive the shorter route south from Whitehorse to Skagway, Alaska, where you can book a ticket with the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system for you and your vehicle for the 1-hour ride across the Lynn Canal. If you don't want to take your vehicle but would still like to explore Haines on foot, the Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry offers passenger service between these communities during summer months.
  • If you prefer the simplicity of just flying, Alaska Seaplanes offers regional flights between Whitehorse and Haines during the summer.

If you're wondering which route is best, we'll always tell you the same thing - there's no wrong way to get to Haines, Alaska!