The short lived Klondike Gold Rush at the turn of the century put Haines on the map. Up until this time, there was a mission by the name of Haines. With the rumor of gold, the population of the area reached 30,000. as the town became a supply center, as the nearby Dalton Trail offered a route to the Yukon for prospectors. Gold was also discovered in the Porcupine District whose closest supply center was Haines. With the completion of the White Pass railroad in 1900, Haines importance quickly diminished. Today, the yearly residents number just over 2000, and fishing, some lumbering and tourism are the main sources of income. Here at Shore Excursions Group, we make sure that you have something to enjoy in this scenic and petite city. Haines is the gateway to the Chilkat River valley and its breathtaking beauty, wilderness and wildlife.