Standing at the edge of Alexandra Falls, near Hay River

Destination: South Slave

Your Gateway to Wonder & Waterfalls

Woman and dog standing by the rapids on the Slave River

Destination: South Slave

Your Gateway to Wonder & Waterfalls

Bison crossing the highway

Destination: South Slave

Your Gateway to Wonder & Waterfalls

Parks Canada staff explaining Salt Plains in Wood Buffalo National Park

Destination: South Slave

Your Gateway to Wonder & Waterfalls

Skiing under trees covered in hoar frost, in Fort Smith

Destination: South Slave

Your Gateway to Wonder & Waterfalls

South Slave

Gateway to the wild frontier

It's a place of big waters, including the southern end of gleaming Great Slave Lake, home to Canada's northernmost freshwater fishery, and the gushing Slave River, where top-ranked paddlers compete among waves the size of a bus.

The South Slave is also a place of big wildlife and wildlife 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 town of Fort Smith, and welcoming Indigenous communities, including beautiful Kakisa, the Métis stronghold of Fort Resolution, and Fort Providence, where bison stroll the streets.

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