Mayor’s Welcome


Mayor Brad Mapes

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Hay River, Northwest Territories, the Hub of the North! We are proud to be called "The Hub of the North" because of the transportation links we have from our community to the rest of the world. The southern railway ends in Hay River, and both the waterways and roads begin in our community to various points north.


Hay River is a small town of around 3,500 people, located on the south shore of the Great Slave Lake, just 130 kilometers from the 60th Parallel. A large percentage of our population consists of First Nation and Metis people, and one will also find many other ethnicities in our community making it culturally rich and vibrant. Hay River also includes Ecole Boreal, a French language school that has attracted many Francophones to the community.


Hay River is well known for world class waterfalls, miles of sandy beaches, endless skies of Northern Lights and the friendliest people that woul will ever find! The Hay River and the Great Slave Lake have some of the best opportunities for sport fishing in the world. Throughout the year, you will find many cultural, arts and musical events that showcase the community's talents. In the summer months you can participate in many outdoor water activities, such as boating and swimming. The Fisherman's Wharf offers summer food fare, including the best whitefish and trout dishes Saturday. In the winter months, we have miles of snowmobile trails along with a world class ski trail. Our community if the hometown of Canadian Olympian Brendan Green. They Hay River Museum and various town facilities are open to all visitors year round.


Our community has a long history of business that began with trapping and commercial fishing that continues to the present day; with transportation and service industries being a big part of our economy. The commercial fishing industry is the backbone of this economy and contribute in many ways to our community's sustained development and growth. We are also seeing growth in our business community within the agricultural and forestry sectors. Our town is made up of hard working people, and we have many small family businesses that started small and worked themselves to be leaders in their field!


Hay River has many opportunities for new business as well as the opportunity to experience living in a small northern community; while still having all the amenities to live a healthy life. Hay River's cost of living is still the lowest for the north.


Come visit our great community and see what we have to offer!