Come and explore our outdoor market, which showcases a number of local vendors who provide residents and visitors alike with fresh fish, produce, baked goods and local arts and crafts. Take a drive down to Vale Island and you will find it situated along the river near all the local fishing boats. Our Fisherman’s Wharf takes place every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm during the summer months and we recommend you go early as it is always a hub of activity!
Hay River Museum
If you are interested in learning about the history of Hay River, our Museum is the place to go! Located on Vale Island, our heritage building was once the old Hudson Bay store. It was donated to the Hay River Museum Society and on July 1st 2000 it opened its doors. Since then our museum hosts a number of events, exhibits and artifacts, which includes the Canada Day High Tea.
NWT Centennial Library
While exploring the downtown core, take a detour to our public library. Our library was built from stone during the Centennial year and is another historical treasure of our small town. It is also our social hub as it provides the community with resources, services and various programs, such as author visits and local art displays.
Hay River Golf Course
For those who love to golf, Hay River has a stunning golf course. Located on the Mackenzie Highway you will find our nine-hole course, which features an air conditioned log club house where you can rent clubs, power carts and/or purchase food. For those who are travelling with a trailer, you also have the option to camp at the golf course.
Great Slave Lake
Hay River is situated right along the Great Slave Lake, which is the fifth largest lake in Canada and the sixth deepest lake (615 meters) in the world. This impressive body of water expands 456 kilometers long, 240 kilometers wide and has a surface area of 28, 568 square kilometers. Not only does our Great Slave Lake provide us with beautiful, sandy beaches, it also provides our community with natural resources, economic opportunities and recreational pursuits.
Trans Canada Trail
Hay River has a network of more than 20 kilometers of walking/hiking trails with scenic vistas of the river where you may regularly spot a wide variety of local wildlife from beavers and other fur bearers once the backbone of Canada’s economy, or any of the local bird populations including majestic Eagles, down to tiny colorful Finches. Hay River’s trails are part of the Trans Canada Trail system one of the world’s most ambitious trail systems.
Hay River’s boat launch and recreation area is Porritt landing. Located just north of the rail crossing on Vale Island, you can launch your boat and enjoy cruising out to Great Slave Lake or par take of the excellent angling opportunities the river has. You can expect to catch your limit of Pickerel (Walleye) or perhaps some Jackfish (Northern Pike). Trouble finding them? Ask one of the friendly locals where the fish are at, we don’t keep secrets like that!
Hay River Territorial Camp Ground
Located on Vale Island the campground is directly adjacent to the beach with easy access to town while still having a remote location feel. Group camping areas are also available right on the beach.
West Channel Fishing Village
Hay Rivers origins are in the fishing industry, originally established in the late 1940’s, remnants of those times remain in the West Channel. It is a scenic drive where you may see old vessels whose days are gone by from a time when men were steel and boats were wood.