Whether you are visiting us in person or 'virtually', on behalf of my fellow residents in the Village of Haines Junction, it is my very real pleasure to extend to you a warm welcome to this immensely special corner of the world.
Haines Junction located at the confluence of the Alaska Highway and Haines Road, some 150 kilometres west of the City of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory, is situated in the Traditional Territories of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
Historically, the site upon which the community now sits, was located on early trade routes, and served as a stopover for hunters, gatherers and traders. Its traditional name, in the Southern Tutchone language, of Dakwakada means 'high cache'.
In 1942, with the building of the Alaska Highway, the community started to develop from the humble beginnings of a highway construction camp into the vibrant community it has become today.
It is my privilege to welcome you to Haines Junction – Gateway to Kluane.
The Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada, in conjunction with the Wrangell – St. Elias and Glacier Bay National Parks and Preserves in Alaska, and the Tatshenshini-Alsek provincial parks in British Columbia, form the largest terrestrial UNESCO world heritage site on the planet with a land area in excess of 97,500 square kilometres.
That protected area is home to the largest non-polar ice fields on earth, and is characterized by majestic mountains, expansive icefields and spectacular glaciers.
Our community, at the doorstep of this national park, boasts fabulous wild viewscapes but simultaneously offers many amenities for residents and travellers alike.
With an area population of approximately 850 persons, the Village itself is served by a comprehensive network of modern infrastructure including cell service and high speed internet. We boast hotels, motels, a beautiful convention centre, the new Champagne and Aishihik First Nations’ Da Kų Cultural Centre (home to both the Parks Canada and Yukon Territorial Government Visitor Reception Centres) together with most of the amenities one would expect when traveling through or living in a small northern community.
Our community is home to some incredibly talented artists who work in a variety of media.
We cordially invite you to visit us and enjoy your experience in this very special part of the world.