In the summer take part in spectacular hikes, rafting journeys on the Chilkat River, kayaking adventures on Chilkoot Lake, exhilarating jetboat rides, guided nature walks and many more activities. Plus, don’t forget about fishing for Alaska’s Pacific salmon. Haines is home to both black and brown bears. The Chilkoot River flows from Chilkoot Lake into Lutak Inlet and is one of the most easily reached bear viewing spots in Southeast Alaska from mid-June to October. Moose are another highlight for the wildlife viewing in the Haines area. Moose can be seen anywhere in the valley, sometimes even in downtown!
Just 40 miles from the US/Canadian border, located on the shores of the northern Lynn Canal, the deepest and longest fjord in North America, Haines offers fascinating history, intriguing culture, breathtaking scenery and adventure to last a lifetime, Haines Alaska is like no other destination.
The truly majestic scenery of Haines comes from the glacier terrain that formed the area many years ago. Haines is surrounded by mountains and water. Rising high above the town are the Takinsha Mountains and Chilkat Range to the south, Takshanuk Mountains to the north and Coast Mountains to the east across the Lynn Canal.
Take a tour around the town and see the the various colourful totem poles painted by the local native artists. Stroll by the harbour full of fishing boats, shop in some of the local stores and have a drink in many of the local watering holes.
In November, Haines hosts the annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival. Starting in September through early December Haines welcomes over 3,500 Bald Eagles to the beautiful Chilkat River Valley. Spectators from around the world come to partake in this fascinating migratory event. Cross country skiing, snow machining, snow-shoeing, ice skating, ice fishing and hunting are only some of the many things to do during the winter months. You may even catch a glimpse of the northern lights! For the true adventurer, Haines is world-renowned for its Heli-skiing. Haines is Alaska’s deep, steep, spine-covered snow heaven. The lines are among the most famous—and most desired—in the world. Steep, gnarly lines (many over 5,000 vertical feet) and scenic powder runs will keep your hearts racing, and will give you the experience of a life time.