Haines Alaska

haines alaska

Haines Alaska is an inside passage community of 2500 located on the Chilkat Peninsula bordered by the Chilkoot Inlet on the east and the Chilkat Inlet on the west.

In addition to the human population, the canine community is estimated at 1897. Also characteristic to the region in the fall are 4000 bald eagles, many inhabiting the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve all year round.

The first peoples of the Haines area were the Tlingit and their name for the town was Dei-shu which means the end of the trail.

Today the Tlingits of the Haines/Skagway region come from two main groups: the Chilkats and the Chilkoots. Most of the Chilkoot Tlingits moved from their villages to settle around the Presbyterian mission, where Haines is now situated. Conversely, many Chilkat Tlingits remained in Klukwan, a village that is still active and vital to the Tlingit people today.

Ways to Enjoy Haines Alaska

As mentioned above twenty miles north of Haines is the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The confluence of the Klehini, Chilkat and Tsirku rivers with it's unusually warm water supply makes for an ideal gathering place for thousands of bald eagles as they take advantage of an extended salmon spawning season.

Haines is considered the "Arts Capitol of Alaska." There are a couple of landmarks located on Tower Road which express the artistic side of the town.

The Chilkat Center for the Arts is a multi-purpose facility which hosts an array of events such as live drama, music performances, dance, and workshops, conferences, conventions, retreats, film showings, radio and television production, community gatherings, weddings, funerals, parties, even fitness classes.

Also the Alaska Indian Arts Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 to 5. On display are Northwest Coast limited edition silkscreen prints designed by the carvers and printed on premises. The carving studio is also open to the public.

Between 1902 and 1906 four lighthouses were constructed in the Lynn Canal. Eldred Rock Light Station was the last one built, the second station in Alaska with light and fog-signal apparatus and keepers' quarters. This unique lighthouse is perched in the Lynn Canal just south of the Chilkat Islands State Marine Park and adjacent to the Sullivan Islands State Marine Park.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is just 15 minutes by air from Haines, where it's spectacular glaciers, wildlife and alpine vistas can be found. The various ways to experience these include flightseeing, kayaking, whale watching, day cruises, hiking, camping and fishing.

The Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan is located at 22 Mile on the Haines Highway. A Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Tour gives a taste of the traditions, dance and culture of the only remaining village of the Chilkat Tlingit people.

   

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