Hay River

Hay River

Xátł’odehchee – “Hay river”

Population: 3,689

An easy day’s drive from Edmonton, this is the NWT’s “hub” – terminus of Canada’s northernmost railway, launch-point for Arctic-bound barges, and a key commercial-fishing port. It’s also the territory’s second-largest town, with restaurants, shops and lodging options that range from rustic to posh. Best of all, it's situated on the south shore of Great Slave Lake, graced with the NWT’s best beach and all manner of possibilities for boating and fishing. 

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Canoe North

Canoe North, located in Hay River, Northwest Territories offers kayak and canoe rentals and sales. We can set you up for a self guided trip on a number of northern rivers and the Great Slave... Read more

2 Seasons Adventures

We are the Hay River adventure experts. See Hay River like you have never seen it before. We offer boat tours on Great Slave Lake, fishing tours to Brabant Island at the mouth of the Mackenzie River, and many other... Read more

Hay River Golf Club and Campground

Carved out of the ancient Northern Boreal Forest, the Hay River Golf Course is a fabulous recreational facility. This tree lined 9-hole course featuring artificial greens will challenge any golfer. The scenery is... Read more

Thubun Lakes Lodge

Thubun Lakes Lodge, located in Canada's pristine and beautiful Northwest Territories. Our renowned fishing lodge provides the forum for action-packed adventures on unspoiled lakes. Thubun is accessible... Read more

Frontier Coachlines NWT

Travel through the NWT by the highways connecting these great communities. Read more

dBeck Kennels

Dogteam tours with experienced musher and kennel owner along traditional trails near Hay River. Read more

Brabant Lodge

Owned and operated by Ellen and John Pollard, Brabant is a full-service sport fishing lodge located on Brabant Island in the headwaters of the Mackenzie River. Read more

Your Planner (The Bucket List Tour)

Nine Days Eights Nights - All Inclusive Luxury Coach Tour. Main tour stops include: Hay River Wood Buffalo National Park Nahanni National Park Reserve City of Yellowknife     Read more

Ptarmigan Inn

Hay River's premier full service hotel, complete with The Keys dining room, serving fantastic meals as well as local Great Slave Lake whitefish. Don'€™t forget about the Dog House Sports Bar, where "its good to be in... Read more

Cambridge Suites (Hotel)

The Cambridge Building offers one and two bedroom suites as an alternative to the standard hotel room. We are conveniently located downtown on the banks of the Hay River. You will be within walking distance of... Read more

North Country Inn

Clean, comfortable and affordable rates! Downtown location, within walking distance to local restaurants. Aboriginal handicrafts available in lobby. Read more

2 Seasons Adventures

We are the Hay River adventure experts. See Hay River like you have never seen it before. We offer boat tours on Great Slave Lake, fishing tours to Brabant Island at the mouth of the Mackenzie River, and many other... Read more

Hay River Golf Club and Campground

Carved out of the ancient Northern Boreal Forest, the Hay River Golf Course is a fabulous recreational facility. This tree lined 9-hole course featuring artificial greens will challenge any golfer. The scenery is... Read more

Harbour Guest House

The Harbour Guest House is located in Hay River, Northwest Territories, on the shores of Great Slave Lake, one of the largest inland freshwater lakes in North America. With our tastefully appointed rooms and sunny... Read more

Hay River Territorial Park

Located on Vale Island in Hay River, (follow the signs; it’s about 10 kilometres past the information centre), this park offers fantastic swimming on the sandy shores of Great Slave Lake, unique views of... Read more

Anchorage Guest House

The Anchorage Guest House is the place to relax while on vacation or drop in for a night or two while passing through Hay River on business.  Hold a conference or a meeting in our large boardroom that is fully... Read more

Brabant Lodge

Owned and operated by Ellen and John Pollard, Brabant is a full-service sport fishing lodge located on Brabant Island in the headwaters of the Mackenzie River. Read more

Paradise Garden and Campground

Private campground in a valley just south of Hay River. Read more

Mountain Aven Enterprises

Campground and Bed & Breakfast with heated and furnished cabins, teepee and tent frames for rent. Read more

Eileen's Bed & Breakfast

Eileen’s Bed & Breakfast provides accommodation services for those staying in Hay River. Read more

Hay River Suites

Looking for accommodations like a Hay River motel, Hay River hotel or Hay River apartment? Hay River Suites is the place to be! All suites have a bedroom, living room and furnished kitchen. Enjoy the comfort of our... Read more

Doghouse Sports Bar

Located in the Ptarmigan Inn, the Doghouse Sports Pub is where the real winners gather! Read more

The Woodshed Gift & Garden Centre

Traditional and contemporary locally made arts and crafts, books, music. Garden cafe, home decor, giftware, furniture, garden centre and florist services. Read more

Woodland Wok and Grill

Diner serving Western and Asian cuisine. Read more

Driftwood Diner

Enjoy home-style meals at the Driftwood Diner in downtown Hay River. Read more

The Boardroom

Family-style Chinese restaurant. Read more

La Dee Dah Boutique

La Dee Dah Boutique is your locally owned and operated clothing store for fashion, accessories, and promotional products. Read more

Hay River Heritage Centre

Located in Hay River’s Old Town, this museum occupies the community’s former Hudson’s Bay store, built in 1948. In it, you’ll find displays showcasing the various eras of the town’s history, as well as... Read more

Dene Cultural Institute

Located in a distinctive log-and-stone building on the main road of the Katlodeeche Reserve across from the town of Hay River, Yamozha Kue (a.k.a. the Dene Cultural Institute) lets you trade in your shoes for... Read more

Hay River Territorial Park

Located on Vale Island in Hay River, (follow the signs; it’s about 10 kilometres past the information centre), this park offers fantastic swimming on the sandy shores of Great Slave Lake, unique views of... Read more

Louise Falls

A four-kilometre dayhike downriver from Alexandra Falls or upriver from Enterprise, this tiered, 15-metre-high cataract in the Hay River Canyon can be viewed from one of the finest (and most popular) campgrounds in... Read more

Alexandra Falls

A mandatory stop on the drive North of Sixty, this booming, 10-storey spillover on the Hay River is the centerpiece of Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park, not far from Enterprise. Shockingly, in 2003, an American... Read more

Hay River Beach

On blazing hot days, Hay River’s driftwoody beach draws travellers from the nearby campground – some of whom are bold enough to dunk themselves in Great Slave’s cool water. Read more

Hay River Golf Club

This manicured nine-hole course follows the curvaceous contours of Hay River’s namesake river. Grassy and aspen-shrouded, it’s a duffer’s delight. There’s also a driving range and a beautiful log clubhouse with a... Read more

Hay River Mission Sites

The Hay River Mission is a National Historic Site on the Hay River (K'atlodeeche) Dene Reserve. Established in the late 19th century, the site consists of St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Ste. Anne’s Roman... Read more

Fisherman's Wharf

Located alongside the Hay River as you head onto Vale Island, Fiserhman's Wharf is the place to come for local arts and crafts, market-garden produce, fresh-caught Great Slave Lake fish – or simply to sit in the... Read more

HAY DAYS FESTIVAL

Early July

A celebration of music, art and culture.  Read more

KOLE CROOK FIDDLING CAMP

First week of July

In honour of a young fiddler who died in a plane crash in Norman Wells. Evening performances Wednesday to Friday. Admission by donation. Read more

K’AMBA WINTER CARNIVAL

Early March

A weekend of activities in Hay River with something for everyone ­– kids' and adults' talent shows, dogsled races, outdoor activities, raffles, hand games and lots of prizes. Read more

HAY RIVER ICE FISHING DERBY

Mid-March

An ice-fishing derby with lots of amazing prizes. Read more

POLAR POND HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

March

Ten rinks, a live band, fireworks, beer gardens and other festivities throughout the night.  Read more

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

June 21

Territorial holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices for details. Read more

ANNUAL COMMISSIONER’S CUP RACE

August long weekend

One of the longest fresh-water sailing races in North America. The race starts on Friday at 9 a.m. and resumes from Hay River on Sunday at 9 a.m. Boats return sometime Monday. Read more

FIDDLING AND JIGGING TALENT SHOW

September

The biggest fiddling and jigging championship North of 60. The event raises funds for music programs, preserves Northern culture and promotes Northern artists. Read more