About Hay River

Hay River - Hub Of The North

We hope you will take time to experience our unique attractions, not the least of which you'll find to be friendly, helpful people who are always glad to see visitors and - very often - pass the time of day with them. We are a cross-cultural community, and you will also be able to visit the Katl'odeeche Reserve and the Dene Cultural Institute, located on the east bank of the Hay River.

Check in at our Visitor Information Centre where staff will welcome you, provide you all sorts of information, answer your questions and offer suggestions about what you can see and do here.

As well, a drinking water supply is available, as is a dumping station. You will find several picnic spots throughout our community, including one at the Visitor Information Centre and, of course, Hay River Territorial Park and Campground, situated on Vale Island on the shore of Great Slave Lake.


Our community has an excellent Public Library at which there are often special events with visitors. There is a broad commercial and service industry base and you'll find our stores well stocked, especially with the needs of vacationers.

The community is served by a medical clinic and a fully modern hospital, with an ambulance corps and EMTs. The RCMP Hay River Detachment is located in the business core.

You can find canoes for rent, aircraft for charter, bus service to Fort Smith and Yellowknife. There are tours available of some of our industries - check at the Visitor Information Centre for further information.

Best of all there are wonderful sandy beaches to walk, sunrises or sunsets over Great Slave Lake to watch, fishing to indulge in, stories to hear, campfires to sit round in the stillness of a Northern night.

Welcome to Hay River and the Northwest Territories - we hope you have a wonderful visit.