Gateway to the wild frontier
It’s a place of big waters, including gleaming Great Slave Lake, home to Canada's northernmost freshwater fishery, and the gushing Slave River, where top-ranked paddlers compete amongst waves the size of a bus.
The South Slave is also a place of big wildlife and wild sanctuaries – especially the roaming herds of bison, endangered whooping cranes and regal wolves of Wood Buffalo National Park.
Finally, here you'll find big-hearted people, living vibrant lives in the bustling port community of Hay River (terminus of Canada's most remote railway), the charming college town of Fort Smith, and welcoming Aboriginal villages, including log-cabin Kakisa, the Métis stronghold of Fort Resolution, and Fort Providence, where bison stroll the streets.
For more on road-tripping in the South Slave region, explore the Deh Cho Travel Connection.