Alaskan Bike Trip - Golden Circle Tour
Haines Junction and Campagne

June 28, 2006

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Leaving the Cabin B&B on a cool misty morning we passed by Kathleen Lake and had a moderate climb before coasting downhill to Haines Junction where the Haines road joins the Alaska/Canada  Highway. Had lunch at the Bakery and stopped off at the Kluane Park visitor center before heading east on the ALCAN over rolling hills. The dry interior is most evident in this region with scrub spruce and sandy soil. About halfway to Whitehorse, we took the old Alaskan Highway road to the historical trading post of Champagne where we camped next to a  native village reconstructed by the First Nations People.
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Dave and Ted by the lodge at Cabin B&B

Typical Cabin

Kathleen Lake in the foreground

Mountains with fresh snow

Kevin and Dave

Leaving Haines Junction on the Alaskan HW

Mountains to the south of Alaskan HW

"Fire Weed"

Log fence along old Alaskan HW near Champagne

Campsite at First Nations native village

Long house built of spruce logs and sealed with clay

Relaxing after dinner by wood heater in Long House
About Haines Junction

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. Haines Junction is situated in an area with exceptional recreation opportunities, and there are many ways to experience and learn about the local natural and cultural history. It is a year-round destination and visitors come from near and far looking for quality wilderness experiences. Opportunities exist for all age groups and abilities. They are as varied as a pleasant June stroll along the Dezadeash River Trail, a flight-seeing trip into the heart of the St. Elias ice age landscape, an alpine wildflower hike, or a snowmobile excursion into the vast snows of Chilkat Pass.

About Champagne

Champagne is a small community on the Alaska Highway (historical mile 968, between Whitehorse and Haines Junction) in Canada's Yukon Territory. The few residents are citizens of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. Resident population in 2001 was 20. Champagne is on the Dezadeash River, one of the affluents of the Alsek. The settlement was on the original Dalton Trail, and a roadhouse was built there in 1902. The Alaska highway no longer routes through the community, having been rerouted in the fall of 2002, but the old roadway is still open to provide access.

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