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Fast Facts: Haines


Haines, the Adventure Capital of Alaska, is located along the north end of the Lynn Canal. By boat, Haines is only 14 miles from the tourist town of Skagway, but 350 miles by the Golden Circle Route road. The town's official population is only 2,400 inhabitants, but they also have 1,900 dogs--a seeming imperative in rural Alaska.

The mainstay of Haines' economy is tourism. In 2017, a projected 150,000 tourists will pay a visit to Haines, but only around one third of them coming on the roughly 30 cruise ships that visit the city between May and September. That makes visiting Haines quite the different experience when compared to, say, Skagway or Ketchikan.

Haines enjoys a maritime climate, with cool summers and mild winters. Due to its location in the temperate rainforest of Alaska's Inside Passage, Haines enjoys moderate temperatures year round. Summer is the nicest time of the year to visit the town, as the daily high temperatures hover in the mid-60s F, and there's plenty of daylight to be enjoyed.


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First Impressions


Hammer Museum
©2010 Scott McMurren, under cc-by-sa 2.0 license

Haines, which bills itself as the "Adventure Capital of Alaska," is a small town surrounded by lots of beauty. It's situated on a spit of land between the Lynn Canal and the Chilkat River, and can trace its roots to 1881, when Presbyterian ministers were invited to the area to establish a mission. Twenty years later, the US government began construction of Fort William H. Seward, which stood as both the largest military facility in the state and the backbone of the Haines economy. Today Haines sits adjacent to tens of thousand acres of virgin forests and the Chilkat River flats, home to the largest congregation of American Bald Eagles in the world.

There are two main areas in Haines: the downtown area and Fort William H. Seward. The Haines Highway, a National Scenic Byway, extends into Canada and bisects the downtown and Fort Seward areas. Downtown is where the locals and tourists mingle, as it hosts many of the restaurants and shops.

Historic Fort William H. Seward was purchased by a private company when the fort closed down in 1946. It stands just across from the cruise ship dock, and has been turned into a hub of tourism-related businesses that includes shops, hotels, restaurants and art galleries, all housed in its historic buildings.

Haines is a town of surprises, too. After all, what other town in the world would you expect to host a hammer museum? But it's no surprise to feel the authenticity of the town and the friendliness of the locals. The town's 2,400 permanent residents (and their 1,900 dogs) cater to a summer tourist trade that's not solely focused on cruise ship visits. While a third of the visits to Haines do come from the cruise lines, fully two thirds come for the beer festival, the Southeast State Fair (which is a big deal) and to recreate in the surrounding areas.

Your ship will dock at the Haines cruise ship pier (which officially is called the Port Chilkoot pier), which is also shared with the Haines to Skagway fast ferry service. It's an easy 10 to 15 minute walk to downtown Haines, and a shorter walk to the Fort William H. Seward area. On most cruise ship days, there's a free shuttle that will take you between downtown Haines and the cruise ship pier.


Time Zone


Haines is on Alaska Time, nine hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time during standard time, or eight hours during daylight savings time. Daylight savings time begins on the second Sunday of March, and ends on the first Sunday of November.

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Language


English is universally spoken in Haines.


Dealing with Money in Haines


Currency



Dollar bill

The currency of the United States is the U.S. dollar, and it is printed on bills in seven denominations: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Coins include the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, fifty cent piece and dollar.

Canadian dollars are accepted in Alaska as well. You'll also find Canadian coins circulating freely in the state, and are accepted at par to their U.S. counterparts.

Banks and ATMs

Several ATM machines can be found in Haines, even though the town's year-round population is only around 2,400 people. There's only one bank in town, which is found at the following location:

  • First National Bank Alaska. This Alaskan-owned bank has a branch with an ATM located at 123 Main Street.

Other ATMs can be found at the following locations:

  • Harbor Bar & Lighthouse Restaurant, located at 101 Front Street.

  • Fogcutter Bar & Restaurant, located at 122 Main Street.

  • Haines Quick Shop, located at Mile 0 Haines Highway.

  • Haines Brewing Company, located at 4th and Main Streets.

  • Howsers IGA Supermarket, located at 209 Main Street.

Haines ATM Map


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Our Haines ATM map shows you where the ATMs are in town.


Weather


Fort Seward
©2012 Mike Quach, under cc-by-sa 3.0 license

Haines enjoys a maritime climate, with cool summers and mild winters. Due to its location in the temperate rainforest of Alaska's Inside Passage, Haines enjoys moderate temperatures year round.

Haines enjoys only 85 days of clear weather each year. Situated within the shadow of the mountains, Haines receives less year-round than is typical of Southeast Alaska. Rainfall is pretty minimal during the summer months, with light mist and showers more common than heavy downpours. June and July are the driest months, with an average of just over one inch of rain falling each month.

It never really gets hot in Haines, except on those few days each year when the temperature exceeds 80° F (27° C). During the summer season, expect average highs in the mid-60s F (high-teens C), and evening lows in the high 40s F (about 9° C).

Haines Average Temperatures

Average Precipitation

Average Daylight Hours



Keeping In Touch


Internet Access in Haines

When a cruise ship arrives in Haines, the phone company's towers get overwhelmed with phone and data traffic. So it's good to know that you can find both free and free-with-purchase Wi-Fi in town so you can check your email.

Internet Terminals

  • Haines Borough Public Library offers free access to the Internet on several public computers, and free Wi-Fi for you to use with your own device. The facility is located at 111 Third Ave. It's open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; on Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on weekends from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Phone: (907) 766-2545

Wi-Fi Access

  • Rusty Compass Coffeehouse, located at 116 Main Street, offers Wi-Fi connectivity with purchase.

  • Bamboo Restaurant and Pioneer Bar, located at 13 N 2nd Avenue, offers Wi-Fi connectivity with purchase.

  • Commander's Room Restaurant, located at 13 Fort Seward Drive, offers free Wi-Fi connectivity.

Haines Internet Access Map


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See our Haines Internet Map for the locations of Haines' Internet access locations.


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Cellular Phone & Data Services


Customers of U.S. wireless carriers can expect the following levels of service in Haines:

Verizon

Cell service: Verizon's CDMA service provides extended digital coverage to Haines and the surrounding areas.
Data services: Verizon offers extended 3G coverage to Haines and the surrounding areas.
See details on Verizon's cell and data services coverage in Haines.

ATT Wireless

Cell service: AT&T's GSM service covers Haines and much of the surrounding areas.
Data services: AT&T offers 4G service covering Haines and much of the surrounding areas.
See details on AT&T's cell and data services coverage in Haines.

Sprint

Cell service: Sprint's CDMA service in Haines is provided through off-network roaming.
Data services: Sprint offers service in Haines and the surrounding areas through off-network roaming.
See details on Sprint's cell and data services coverage in Haines.

T Mobile

Cell service: T-Mobile's GSM service in Haines is provided through a service partner.
Data services: T-Mobile offers 2G service in Haines; there's no access for laptop sticks, tablets, etc.
See details on T-Mobile's cell and data services coverage in Haines.


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Haines Telephone Information

Canadian cell phones used in the U.S. work seamlessly in Alaska, and just like back home.

The Country Code in the U.S. is 1, just like in Canada.

The Area Code used in Haines (as in all of Alaska) is 907. In the nearby cities of Fraser, British Columbia, and Carcross, Yukon Territories, the area code is 867.

Local Phone Numbers have seven digits: XXX-XXXX

Woman with a cell phone

Local Events, Holidays & Festivals


Look for the following local festivals, holidays and events taking place in Haines in 2017:

  • New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1.

  • Haines Winterfest, Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5.

  • Seward's Day, Monday, March 27. Commemorates the signing of the treaty by which the United States bought Alaska from Russia on March 30, 1867.

  • Good Friday, Friday, April 14.

  • 12th Annual Spring Fling, Friday, April 28 to Saturday, April 29. Celebrating the spring with friends and neighbors. There will be barbecue, live music, dancing, games, the Bounce House, the Climbing Wall and so much more!

  • Easter Sunday, Sunday, April 16.

  • Beer Fest
    © Haines Brewing Company
  • 24th Annual Great Alaska Craftbeer and Homebrew Festival, Friday, May 25 to Saturday, May 26. Gourmet Beer Banquet on Friday evening. Fun-run on Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon, enjoy live music, local food and excellent craft beers from breweries and distributors across the state.

  • Independence Day Celebrations, Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4. Fireman's BBQ, Mt. Ripinsky run, breakfast at the Legion, a parade, mud volleyball and much more.

  • Baking Competition, Southeast State Fair-Harriet Hall, Wednesday, July 26. Annual baking competition and live auction. This year's theme is "anything chocolate."

  • Corn dogs
  • 48th Annual Southeast State Fair, Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30. Includes a parade, exhibits, a logging show, live music, a horseshoe tournament, a fun-run, kids' stage, amusement rides, Alaska vendors, food and entertainment, live animals, puppet shows and more! It's a big deal in Haines, with people coming to Haines from all over Alaska.

  • Alaska Day, Wednesday, October 18. Anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory and the raising of the U.S. flag at Sitka in 1867.

  • 23rd Annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival, Monday, November 6 to Saturday, November 11. This event celebrates the peak of the winter gathering of eagles. Educational Seminars, tours and family special events.

  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23. A day to give thanks for the things one has at the close of the harvest season.

  • Christmas Day, Monday, December 25. The second most important Christian holiday, after Easter.

Cruise Port Schedules


Haines cruise ship dock
©2006 Tony Hisgett, under cc-by-sa 2.0 license

Haines is a boutique port in the seasonal Alaskan cruise ship trade, which extends from May through September.

As a rule, ships arrive in the early morning and depart between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

In 2017, Haines is slated to host 44,100 passengers sailing on 30 ships. For further information, see our Haines Cruise Ship Schedule - 2017.

In 2018, Haines is slated to host 50,500 passengers sailing on 38 ships. For further information, see our Haines Cruise Ship Schedule - 2018.


Cruise Lines Making Port in Haines


The following cruise lines will make port in Haines in 2017:

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