Driving to Haines Junction

I finally got out of Whitehorse for a weekend! Yay!

I spent the Easter weekend in Haines Junction, which is a (very) small town 90 minutes west of Whitehorse. It’s also close to Alaska (just hop over the mountains and you’re there!)

Haines Junction is also the gateway to one of Yukon’s most stunning parks: Kluane National Park (pronounced kloo-ah-nee).

Two colleagues invited me to join them on this trip. The plan was to hike all weekend in Kluane and stay in Haines Junction for two nights. Of course, I said yes, because you know I can’t say no to the call of adventure (and the potential for jaw-dropping photos!).

In fact, I have so many photos to show you I decided to start with a few from the car drive to Haines Junction.

The mountains are calling…

I still can’t believe how incredibly lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place.

Here are my two partners in crime for the weekend. They’re also big fans of the mountains behind!

… and I must go

But these mountains aren’t the ones we were heading to.

Our hearts skipped a beat when the Kluane mountains (the real deal, you know) were in sight.

And a few seconds later, the whole range appeared before our eyes!!! The photos don’t even do it justice.

I wish I could wake up to views like these every day!

As you can see, we could barely contain our excitement.

Here’s the only picture (of 30-ish) where the three of us are jumping more or less at the same time.

But in case you’re worried about us, we assure you were the most well-behaved tourists in town that weekend:

We got to Haines Junction a little after noon. We parked the car at a trailhead, had lunch on a rock, and went on a hike pretty much right away (more on this in my next article; expect melting snow, wet feet and weird weather!).

But before sharing hiking stories, I’ll leave you with a few photos of Haines Junction I took between 8:30 and 9 p.m. that day (yes, the sun stays up pretty late in April in Yukon!).

I’ll be back soon with more photos. Take care!