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Set against the spectacular backdrop of Canada's highest mountains, Haines Junction is home to a population of 815 (2012) people. The community is located at the junction of the Alaska and Haines Highways, 158 kilometres west of Whitehorse.
It is also home to many members of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN).
"The Village of Haines Junction lies in the Shakwak Valley in southwestern Yukon on the doorstep of one of the most dynamic and spectacular landscapes on the planet."
The Haines Junction area was a crossroads long before the highways arrived in the 1940’s. It is located on an early trade route used by the coastal Tlingit,Chilkat and Southern Tutchone peoples. Champagne and Aishihik First Nations people historically called the location “Dakwakada” (high cache) and used it as a seasonal 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 terrestrial 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 at 5,959 metres.
Stroll around the village with the community map and have a look at the Haines Junction Brochure.
There are approximately 301 private dwellings (2011) in Haines Junction, over half of which are single detached homes. The following websites provide useful info:
- Village of Haines Junction
Provides information on living, working and playing in Haines Junction.
- Yukon Bureau of Statistics
Statistical information on population and dwelling counts.
- Yukon Housing Corporation (YHC)
Yukon Housing Corporation offers 22 social housing units and 7 staff units in Haines Junction . The Corporation also offers programs and services that enable home renovations, construction of additional rental suites, mortgages and financing.
- Yukon Socio-Economic Web Portal
Provides census information on housing, and more for Haines Junction, as well as other communities of Yukon.
The main employers in Haines Junction are with government: federal, territorial, First Nation and municipal. The largest private sector employment is in the sales and service industry, reflecting the importance of tourism in the local economy. Employment opportunities can also be found in the construction, transport and equipment operating sectors/industries.
- Yukon Employment Central
Provides job boards, employment counseling, workshops and more.
Online employment resource for employers and job seekers, including current job listings, the Yukon labour market, career planning, education, and training.
- Yukon Workfutures
Guide to work opportunities in the territory that provides information on the labour market, working conditions, education, and employment prospects.
- Invest Yukon: Yukon Employment Connection
List of employment-related websites to help your search for employment.