Haines Points of Interest
See these photo-worthy spots, like a sculpture garden or a giant stone figure called an Inuksuk.
Points of Interest
Ancient stone figures in the shape of men or crosses were created by the indigenous people of Canada, Alaska and Greenland. Their purpose remains something of mystery, with possibilities including navigation, points of reference, or markers for trails or hunting grounds. This one was created by Haines stone artist Judd Mullady.
The field where U.S. Army soldiers once marched and drilled is now public-use land, a spot to catch your breath during the climb up to Officer’s Row, or just enjoy views across Chilkoot Inlet. It’s the site of the Turkey Bowl, the town’s only football game, on Thanksgiving Day each year.
What downtown Haines lacks in architectural uniformity is made up by “Dalton City,” a town built for the filming of the Jack London story “White Fang” here by Walt Disney in 1990. Residents rescued and finished the false-front buildings now serving an inexpensive sites for start-up businesses.
Built like a cathedral but with two stories of windows to let the outdoors in, the Haines Library is a gathering spot for visitors and residents alike. Three easy chairs at the end of its great hall are a privileged nook for patrons who get their first. When opened in 2002, Library Journal ranked this as the nation’s finest small library. It’s also the town’s architectural landmark, with a cathedral-like design and high wall of windows that bring ...more
Wildlife Viewing Spots
Use this central spot for taking in the eulachon run, a springtime run of fish that generates a wildlife spectacle, including countless seabirds, hundreds of sea lions and seals and occasional whales. Starting in mid-July, brown bears congregate here to feast on pink salmon.