Haines is 45 minutes by boat from Skagway on the Lynn Canal; it has about 2,000 people. It is the site of Ft. Seward (Chilkoot Barracks), Alaska's first military installation. Haines has significantly fewer visitors than Skagway, yet it is located in one of Alaska's most beautiful spots at the foot of the Chilkat Mtns; just on the other side of which is Glacier Bay. The Haines Junction cutoff connects Haines to the AlCan Highway and Alaska's Interior, making Haines the ONLY SE Alaska town from which you can reach the interior by road. In late October the world's largest eagle migration occurs on the Chilkat River near Haines. 1,000s of the eagles come to snare the summer's last salmon from the Chilkat River since it is the last river each year to freeze.