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Haines Junction - Yukon

 

Haines Junction is a strip of motels, service stations, and restaurants at the junction of the Alaska Highway and Haines Road, with a small town attached. What is really notable besides the highway services, is nearby Kluane National Park. Haines Junction was established with the construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942. The Haines Road now links the Yukon with the Alaska Marine Highway at Haines on the Lynn Canal.

Kluane is the gem of Yukon parks and a national wilderness treasure. Mount Logan, located in the park, is the highest peak in Canada. Glaciers in the gigantic ice field fill several mountain valleys. They range in length from 10 KM (6 miles) to 100 KM (62 miles).

Park environments range from lush river valleys with aspen and spruce, to alpine meadows filled with grasses, and the higher reaches where moss campion, Arctic poppies, and other plants thrive on the alpine tundra. There is only one campground in the park, at Kathleen Lake -- on the Haines Highway.

The village's Visitor Reception Centre is located off the Alaska Highway, a joint information desk for the Yukon government and Kluane National Park. Maps for canoe trips and hiking trails may be obtained from park staff. For park information, call (867) 634-2345. Yukon Gold, the tourist radio service (FM-96.1), originates here. For advance information on Haines Junction events and facilities, call (867) 634-2291.

The village has several places to stay, all motels, plus RV parks, restaurants, and stores. The Village Bakery, a great place for campers and picnickers, is located next to the Kluane National Park visitor center. You should be able to buy sourdough bread in the original home of the sourdough, and this is the place! For groceries and other camping supplies, stop at Madley's General Store.

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Several motels offer accommodations in Haines Junction.

Kluane Park Inn
Phone: (867)634-2261 -- Fax: (867)634-2273
Email: kpi@northwestel.net

This motor inn has a restaurant featuring Chinese and Western cuisine. A BBQ Deck which is open seasonally with a varied menu. Hours are 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. All rooms have a vew of the mountains. Hours vary according to the weather. Lounge hours are 12:00 noon to 2:00 a.m. restricted to people 19 and over. Offsale (takeout) alcohol is also available.

Cozy Corner Motel & Restaurant
Phone: 867-634-2511 -- Fax: 867-634-2119

12 units, with a panoramic view,l;ocated at the base of the St. Elias Mountains at the gateway to Kluane National Park. Park hiking trails are close by! Licensed restaurant. All rooms have private baths, satellite TV - Canada and US networks. Direct dial phones. In-room coffee/tea. Non-smoking rooms. Off sales available. Pets welcome.

Alcan Motor Inn
Phone: (867) 634-2371
Fax: (867) 634-2833 -- e-mail: alcanmotorinn@northwestel.net

Modern rooms in the newest motel in Haines Junction. Panoramic view of the St. Elias Mountains from the motelr. Executive Suite, Jacuzzi room, two kitchenettes, cozy sports lounge and a restaurant.

The Raven Hotel & Gourmet Dining
Phone: (867) 634-2500 -- Fax: (867) 634-2517
Email: kluaneraven@yknet.ca

This hotel is four-star rated by Canada Select. Beautiful rooms with bath, hair dryer, phone, satellite TV, wireless Internet. No smoking.
Restaurant with fine dining.

Park Campgrounds:

There is one national park and one Yukon Government park campground in the immediate area of Haines Junction; both offer lakeside camping.

Pine Lake Campground

On the shores of Pine Lake, this Yukon government campground has a large sandy beach, good swimming, boating and fishing. A self-guided interpretive walk skirts the campground end of the lake. Paint Mountain is seen to the north.

6.7 km east of Haines Junction on the Alaska Highway
open late May to early September
42 RV/tent sites
potable municipal water in holding tanks
shelter, playground, boat launch

Kathleen Lake Campground

This is the only campground within the boundaries of Kluane National Park and Reserve: a self-registration campground with its own national park fee system.

27 km south of Haines Junction on the Haines Road and just inside the national park boundary
open mid-May to mid-September
39 sites, including 2 group camping sites with 6 tent sites each, and 2 handicap accessible sites pump water, outhouse facilities and firewood
day-use area with kitchen shelter, boat launch and picnic facilities
boaters caution–sudden strong winds
an interpretive trail leads along the edge of the lake and to the trailhead for the King’s Throne Trail.

RV Park

Kluane RV Kampground

Phone: (867)634-2709 -- Fax: (867)634-2735
Email: kluanerv@yknet.yk.ca

Modem access, Cable TV, full and partial hook-ups.

A Good Sam campground, the RV park features 60 fully serviced pull throughs, 30 amp power and water, dry campsites, laundromat, showers, souvenirs, film, RV supplies, ice, pay phones, fax services, large selection of t-shirts and sweats, clean, modern restrooms. Gas and diesel, car & RV wash. Free ice plus RV water & dumping with gas or diesel fill - min 30 litres. 45 quiet, wooded-space tent sites - firewood, barbeques, picnic tables and showers.

 

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