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Haines Junction

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Set against the spectacular backdrop of Canada's highest mountains, Haines Junction is a popular holiday destination for Yukoners as well as tourists. The community is located at the junction of the Alaska Highway and the Haines Highway, 158 kilometres west of Whitehorse.

The Haines Junction area was a crossroads long before the highways arrived. It is located on an early trade route used by the Coastal Tlingit and Chilkat peoples. The Southern Tutchone used it as a temporary staging area for trapping, hunting and fishing. The village itself was established in 1942, during construction of the Alaska Highway.

Haines Junction is best known as the access point to Kluane National Park and Reserve, a dramatically beautiful wilderness park, famous for its glaciers, mountains, and wildlife. Kluane National Park and Reserve, together with Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park in British Columbia, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Glacier Bay National Parks in Alaska, form the largest internationally protected area on earth. In 1980, Kluane National Park and Reserve was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a globally significant mountain wilderness. The park encompasses a portion of the St. Elias Mountains, including Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak.

Source: Yukon Community Profiles

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