Places of Special Interest

Places of Special Interest

NWT Centennial Library, located on Woodland Drive. Built in 1967 of local stone and home of NWT Library Headquarters, this is an important and much-used facility in the community.See NWT Centennial Library Web Site.

Inukshuk is located on Woodland Drive. Though it may seem out of place in the boreal forest, this stone symbol was built in 1978 when the Arctic Winter Games were hosted by Hay River and Pine Point. The Inukshuk is an Inuit marker/symbol and its use dates back thousands of years. This Inukshuk reminds all of us of the huge land we belong to and the other aboriginal people who are part of our whole, the Inuit.

Diamond Jenness Secondary School, located on Woodland Drive, DJSS was designed by architect Douglas Cardinal, built in 1971 and painted purple at the choice of the students of the day. It is named in honour of western arctic explorer Diamond Jenness.  This school  also holds the distinction of not having any corners in the whole building!


Porritt Landing is located on Vale Island. A Yorkshireman, Bobby Porritt was a long-time trader in the South Slave area and one of the first elected members of the NWT Council (forerunner of the Legislative Assembly). He had planned to turn his property on this piece of snye into a marina prior to his death; the launch area has been developed over the past years and is well used.


Fisherman's Wharf is located along Hay River as you head onto Vale Island, the  Fisherman's Wharf is operated from mid June to mid September at the Public Fishing Dock from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday. Here you can find Arts and Crafts, Market Garden Produce, Baking and of course our famous freshly caught white fish prepared several ways by town locals. There are seating areas so you can sit and enjoy the weekend sun.

If you head toward the river, you can see a glimpse of the Public fishing dock. Stop here at the right time and you will see fishermen of Great Slave Lake bringing in their catch. In the fall, the boats are put up on shore, out of the way of the more than metre thick ice that builds over winter. This is some of the last to go as the river breaks in the spring.

Hay River Museum Society Heritage Center - Formerly The Hudson Bay Store located on Vale Island. This was the Hudson Bay Store for many years in Hay River, serving the community both as a grocery, dry goods, hardware and fur trading post. It was built in 1948-49. You can now visit and see an overview of our history.

The NTCL Synchrolift is located on Vale Island. The huge building ahead is the maintenance hangar of Northern Transportation's shipyard. Beyond it lies the synchrolift, an electrical lock-and-lift system which allows the huge tugs and barges to be floated out of the water and moved about by tracks and dollies for repair or storage. 

The Hay River Golf Course is located about 10km out of town. If you love golf, spend your time putting that ball around the nine-hole course set along the banks of Hay River and on forested slopes. A comfortable and charming Club provides the perfect place to relax after your game. See the Golfing page for more details.

The Hay River Ski Club is located 10 km south of the Town of Hay River. Today's Nordic Centre operates out of a cozy modern clubhouse situated high in the banks of the Hay River. 20 km of groomed trails offer opportunities for snowshoeing, classic or skate skiing over an eciting mix of trails: along the twining meanders of the Hay River, through winding sheltered aspen and birch forest, up and down ancient and modern river carved hills. In addition, we have 10 km of trails lit open for night skiing. See the Skiing page for more details

The Don Stewart Recreation Facility is located right downtown on Woodland Drive. With a full sized pool, waterslide, hot tub and steamroom, our aquatic centre is a big attraction for locals and visitors. The Ice Rink is attached to the same facility, with change rooms and a concession stand, our Ice Rink is a popular place during the winter.

We hope this information will help you identify the various sites and explain a little more of our history.