Our Attractions

When to Visit

Spring in Hay River

To start the spring season off, one of the most popular activities is casting a line into our gorgeous lake. Our waters are teeming with fish and we have many local and international followers that swear by Hay River's fishing locations. Although the lake is a little chilly to swim in during spring time, many people travel in the early summer to start their northern camping trips. With the Hay River Territorial Campground located right near the lake, campfires along the water are a must!

Summer in Hay River

With our sandy beaches on the fringe of Canada’s second largest lake, and almost endless hours of sunlight, we offer a sun seeker’s paradise.  

If lazing around isn’t an option, there are many other choices for you; backpacking or canoeing through our many beautiful community and territorial parks, such as Lady Evelyn Falls, Louise Falls, Alexandra Falls, Escarpment Creek or McNallie Creek just to name a few in the South Slave Region. 

Our local 9-hole golf course, bordering the winding Hay River, offers the beauty of nature with the odd glimpse of local wildlife.

Experiencing Hay River is going to be an unforgettable experience for you that will be etched in your memories forever.

Autumn in Hay River

Although the fall in Hay River is a short season, Hay Riverites soak up as much warm weather as they can before the winter arrives. As autumn begins many locals head out for their annual hunting expedition. And of course if you're not interested in hunting, try capturing our various wildlife on camera! You will also find that in the fall, the trees and underbrush will turn vivid colors of yellow, red and orange. There are many beautiful scenes that will excite your inner photographer.

Winter in Hay River

During the winter season we have a multitude of recreational activities to keep you busy.  We offer cross country skiing at our Nordic centre, sliding and tobogganing at our Chamber of Commerce Park, and many outdoor ice rinks to choose from.




Snowmobiling is also a popular recreation in Hay River.  We have many trails and creeks, as well as the Hay River and Great Slave Lake to ride on, so hours of fun can be had and many sights can be seen.  Snow cross races offer thrills and excitement in our town on an annual basis as well. 

Our recreation centre offers an ice rink, curling rink and aquatic centre which features; lanes, an indoor waterslide, kiddie pools, hot tub, and sauna.  

Another place to escape those chilly days is our library, which offers many programs to keep you busy as well as events to entertain the whole family.