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.
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
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
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.