Welcome to Haines Junction
The Village of Haines Junction lies in the Shakwak Valley in southwestern
Yukon on one of the most dynamic and spectacular landscapes on the
The mountains of this area are the youngest and most geologically
active in North America. Because of major fault lines in the earth’s
crust and the resulting tectonic activity it is still forcing the
mountains higher–they are rising several millimeters per year.
Together, with the power of flowing rivers of ice, they make for
a dynamic landscape. Because mountain environments have a multitude
of micro-climates that reflect the variations of the topography,
weather can also change quickly and dramatically.
So always be prepared for all types of weather when visiting this
area. During the construction of the Alaska Highway, the current
town of Haines Junction was established in 1942 and 1943.
Situated at the junction of two highways, Haines Junction was a
construction camp and a supply and service centre for the US Army
Corps of Engineers building the highway.