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Kluane Highlights
 Wildlife Gallery, First Nation & Mineral Displays
 Mile 1093, Burwash Landing
 Haines Junction - Gateway to
Kluane National Park
For thousands of years, the area of present-day Haines Junction was
a place for the seasonal hunting and fishing camps of the Southern Tutchone people. The townsite you see today rose during the construction of the Alaska Highway and the Haines Road in the early
1940s. Located at the edge of Kluane National Park in the traditional territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, Haines Junction, or commonly referred to as “the Junction” by locals, offers travelers many services. Haines Junction has a population of about 600 at the crossroads of the Haines and Alaska highways. It is also the headquarters for Kluane National Park Reserve (part of the biggest internationally protected area in the
Million Dollar Falls Lookout
world). It provides an access point to Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Provincial Park in British Columbia. Overlooking the community is
the towering peaks of the St. Elias Mountain range.
Kluane is derived from the local Southern Tutchone language and means “a place of fishing,” and refers to the teaming waters of the area, from the spawning salmon in the Klukshu River to the great late trout in Kluane Lake.
Haines Junction was born during the Alaska Highway project, serving as a U.S. army base to house engineers working on the road’s construction. Its name comes from the community of Haines, situated on the Alaska coast. The 257-kilometre Haines Highway connects Haines, Alaska and Haines Junction via the 1,065-metre- high Chilkat Pass. This highway was originally constructed to provide a direct route for transporting supplies shipped into Haines to the Alaska Highway project.
Kluane National Park is a land of superlatives best describe as “High Mountain Wilderness.” Here int he southwest corner of the Yukon are a
myriad of remote lakes, alpine valleys and glacially-fed rivers. Kluane boasts the highest mountains in Canada, the world’s largest non-polar icefield, and the most enormous diversity of plant life and wildlife in northern Canada. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound for all age and ability levels.
Haines Junction is situated at the junction of the Haines Road and Alaska Highway. Kluane National
Park and Reserve has some of the healthiest populations of grizzly bears and Dall sheep in the world. The park contains over 2,000 glaciers and is a UNESCO World Heritage
Site. Be sure to visit Da Kų (Our House) Cultural Centre, it celebrates the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations peoples, Culture and Traditions. The cultural centre also houses the Yukon and Parks Canada visitor information centres.
Photo: YG / Derek Crowe
  Kluane Lake from Sheep Mountain
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