Local area sightseeing venues:
Actually every portion of our area provides a unique sightseeing venue. However, we also have specific, easy to access spots that we would like to share with you.
When leaving Haines Junction and heading up the hill toward our Lodge, please pause at the Rest Area part way up the hill. The panoramic views of the valley and mountains (the St. Elias Range) will astound you!
Located at the top of the hill southeast of Haines Junction. You do not have to walk far from the trail head to find many captivating photo opportunities.
Coming from Haines Junction, pull off of the highway on the right and down into the parking area. Park, get out, and feast your eyes! Allow the happy gurgling sounds of this glacial-fed creek to soothe your mind while you snap pictures of the majestic mountains, the source of the Creek. Snap a few shots on the other side of the highway, also. Here you are looking downstream towards the Dezadeash Mountain Range. Quill Creek runs into Dezadeash River.
Kathleen Lake pull-out:
Here you will be able to view the magnificence of Kathleen Lake, and read the World Heritage Site sign. Standing facing the lake, you see the fold on Mt. Worthington on your right, and King's Throne on the left.
Kathleen River: Here you will find historic milepost 142. Read about the fish habitat in the river and lake system. Go for a wade - if you dare - or just park your camp chair near the river and breathe the fresh air while listening to the murmur of the water! Fly-fishing in this river is a territorial pastime as well as the destination point for fly-fishermen (women) from around the world.
Kathleen Lake is spectacular. Even when the wind is howling, there are exciting photo opportunities! Here you can sit and relax either along the shoreline or in the day-use building. Hiking trails abound. Pick one and enjoy the pristine wilderness surrounding you.
Located within a 15-minute drive from Kathleen Lake Lodge, a large, paved pull-out offers spectacular views of Dezadeash Lake and the Dezadeash Mountains. Or turn around and look straight up at the St. Elias Range that is towering over you. A short hike takes you up onto the Rock Glacier where the panoramic views are a painter's paradise.
A small First Nation Village. Drive in to the village as there are often people around to tell you about the historical and cultural significance of this once thriving village. It remains a focal point for numerous First Nations families and events.
Not far from Klukshu Village - maybe another 20 minutes, you will come to a Rest Area that overlooks the Tatshashini River Valley. The Coast Mountains can be seen in the distance as well as a clear sighting of the highway farther to the south. Here you can see almost forever in all directions!!
Million Dollar Falls:
This unique falls and Territorial Campground is only a few minutes drive farther south from Pringle Lookout. Drive to the end of the road and you will find the informational signs about the falls. Follow the trail to reach the staircase leading to a spectacular lookout of the falls.
While you are staying with us, and if you have the time, take a drive (1 to 2 hours) north of Haines Junction to Burwash Landing to view the Kluane Museum - the best wildlife museum in the north (as far as we are concerned!). While taking this side trip, you will reach Kluane Lake, Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre, Silver City, Destruction Bay, and possibly many other sites that you would not necessarily have thought of looking at.
For other sights along the Haines Road, please pick up the Haines Road brochure at our lodge. Please check in at the Visitor Centre in Haines Junction for all sorts of local and Parks information.