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  • Attractions

    Alaska Indian Arts

    Here you will see Native carvers crafting totems, metalsmiths working silver and weavers making blankets. Alaska Indian Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revival of Tlingit art forms. (Located at the Fort Seward parade grounds).

    Fort William Seward

    Rising right above the docks, Fort Seward was retired after World War II and refurbished by a group of returning veterans. It isn't your typical fort because of the fact that it has no parapets and no walls; just an open parade ground surrounded by large, wood-frame barracks and officer's quarters, all of which have been converted into a hotel, a gallery, a studio and even private homes. A replica of a Tlingit tribal house sits in the center of the parade ground.

    Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center

    This museum houses Native artifacts such as the famed Chilkat blankets. You will also see Gold Rush memorabilia such as Jack Dalton's sawed-off shotgun. (Located at 11 Main Street).

  • Shopping

    Dejon Delights Smokery

    Visitors will be able to purchase prime, fresh, wild Alaska smoked salmon and halibut and have it shipped home. You could even sing great fishing tales to your friends, telling them about how you landed the big one!

    The Wild Iris

    The Wild Iris is an art shop with a beautiful Alaskan garden. You will be able to find the perfect gift among the fine jewelry, hand printed t-shirts, Eskimo art, silkscreen prints, handmade soaps, unique cards and felted hats that are among this shop's wares. Located in Historic Fort Seward on Portage Street.

    Sea Wolf/Whale Rider Galleries

    Spiritism, animisim and shamanism come together in Tresham Gregg's art. Gregg is an Alaskan artist whose work includes woodcarvings, totem poles, masks, cast bronze sculptures, silk screen prints and silver jewelry.

  • Activities

    Hiking: Battery Point Trail

    A fairly level trail that runs 2.5 miles, Battery Point Trail hugs the shoreline providing fine views across Lynn Canal. The trail begins at Portage Cove Campground.

    Mount Riley Hike

    This is a pleasant, moderate hike with spectacular views at the summit from a height of 1,760 ft. After a short drive, the trail begins. The hike takes about 5 hours round trip, winding through the rainforest and open meadows. Many native plant species can be seen along the way including false huckleberry, blueberry and skunk cabbage. If it is later in the summer, mushrooms and fungi can be found. Nearer to the peak, the terrain changes to alpine meadow, awash with wildflowers. Once you reach the summit, a granite outcropping, you will feast your eyes on a panoramic view of the snowcapped Chilkat Mountains to the west and the Coast Range to the north.

    Chilkat Rainforest Nature Hike

    Your sense of wonder will be refreshed when you hike through the magnificent scenery of this lush forest trail. This is a guided hike complete with a delicious picnic lunch and a round-trip catamaran cruise to Haines. Bring your camera and plenty of film!

    White Pass Bus & Rail from Haines

    Take a round-trip fast ferry cruise between Haines and Skagway, then hop onboard a train to experience the historic and spectacular White Pass Summit Railroad. This train ride takes you to the worlds most incredibly engineered tracks, tunnels and bridges to the top and over the White Pass.

  • Wildlife

    Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

    The preserve was created by the State of Alaska in 1982 to protect the world's largest concentration of Bald Eagles and their habitat. It also protects and sustains the natural salmon runs. Virtually every acre of the 48,000 acres that make up the perserve is inhabited by eagles at some time during the year.

    With wing spans of over six feet and an average weight of thirteen pounds, eagles are magnificant birds to spot in the wilderness. Female eagles are somewhat larger than males. It is not until the spring of their fifth year when they molt, revealing the distinctive white head and tail feathers. Eagles can fly at 30 miles per hour and dive for prey at up to 100 miles per hour. Bald eagles mate for life and live for 30 years or longer.

  • History

    History of Haines

    Originally, Haines was inhabited by the wealthy Chilkat Tlingit Indians who called the settlement "Dtehshuh", meaning literally, "end of the trail". George Dickenson, of the Northwest Trading Company was the first white person to settle in the area.

    In 1897, a gun-toting entrepreneur by the name of Jack Dalton, turned an old Indian trade route into a toll road for miners seeking an easy route to the Klondike gold fields. Dalton reaped the profits until the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway in Skagway put him out of business in 1900.

    The army established the Fort William H. Seward post in 1903. It was renamed the Chilkoot Barracks in 1922 to avoid confusing it with the town of Seward, Alaska. By 1946, the fort was closed down and declared surplus. It was also during World War II that the 159 mile link from Southeast Alaska to the Alcan Highway was built.

    Logging and fishing have been traditional industries of Haines over the years, but a trend towards shifting the economy to tourism has developed in recent years.

  • More Information

    Haines Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Find everything you'll want to know about Haines, including attractions, local events, shopping, climate and information about their prided bald eagles.

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