South Slave

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

 

Our Stories

Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories

Fort Smith is a friendly little town full of big adventure. Perched on the Slave River,...

Pull off you shoes and socks and stride across the Salt Plains, nature's very own foot-spa...

How to celebrate your country in the True North Strong and Free.

Tough sledding? Hardly. Up here, winter travel is 'snow' problem.

Up here, they're just a bit different

Wanna have a splash? Check out these roadside cascades. 

Our products support local trappers and contribute to the economic strength of northern communities. To ensure we can enjoy the comfort and warmth of Canadian fur for generations to come, our fur trade is strictly regulated. Beaver fur, particularly, is abundant and...

Kasba Lake Lodge is famous for providing guests access to incredible triple trophy fishing. Huge Lake Trout, ferocious Northern Pike and feisty Arctic Grayling. Fly into our private airstrip from Winnipeg, MB. Every day our world-class guides will take you to the best...

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 beautiful, as the course hugs the meandering banks...

Since 1965, the Snowshoe Inn has been a family-owned and operated business. Our 35 room motel is located on the banks of the Mackenzie River in Fort Providence. The motel also offers an on-site cafe, cocktail lounge, ATM, WiFi access and 24-hour gas bar. Visit the...

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 barges and fishing vessels plying the waters, and great...

The Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre provides programs and services to residents of the Hay River area. Cultural programs are provided on Aboriginal Day and Canada Day, and a fiddling and jigging competition is held in the fall. Drumming and drum dance performances and...

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 barges and fishing vessels plying the waters, and great...