Welcome to Hay River

Welcome to Hay River, Northwest Territories.

The Hub of the North

Hay River was known as the transportation hub of the North for its role in the growth of the Northwest Territories. While transportation still plays an important role today, this small town, which hugs the Southern shore of Great Slave Lake, is also a bustling hub of activity – the “Hub of the North.” Whatever the season, you’ll find there’s never a lack of things to do, or see, in Hay River!

Start your adventure by visiting the Hay River Visitor Information Centre, where the friendly staff can provide a wealth of information about all that the town and surrounding area has to offer.

Looking for Summer excitement? The Hay River, which flows into Great Slave Lake, offers excellent fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Maybe try taking a short drive out of town to witness the spectacular Alexandra and Louise Falls. If golf is your game, you are in luck! Hay River has a beautiful golf course where you can drive a ball under the midnight sun. Once you are ready to relax, head to the beach; stretching for miles, Hay River’s sandy beaches rival those in the South.

The activity doesn’t let up in the Winter. Hockey, curling, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing wil ensure you’re never bored! Of course there’s also activity above, as you gaze up at the ribbons of colour from the Aurora Borealis dancing across the sky.

Local culture and history buffs won’t be disappointed either. The Hay River Heritage Centre showcases the history, heritage and culture of the town and surrounding area. Or visit the the K’atl’odeeche First Nation Reserve where you can observe the local culture and history of the Dene People.

Make the “Hub of the North” your base of holiday activities with short day trips to see our many neighbours. The surrounding communities of Fort Smith, Fort Resolution, Enterprise, Fort Providence and Kakisa are all within easy travel distance. You will witness unique attractions and adventures in the South Slave Region.

Whether you are here for business or pleasure, we’re sure you will agree that there is no end to what you can do and experience in Hay River and surrounding area.