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

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.

Explore these mysterious sites and you’ll agree: It’s weird at the top of the world.

Here's why our round-the-clock daylight is weird and wonderful. 

Up here, they’re just a bit different

9 reasons our wild bison are a wonder to behold.

Nonacho Lake Fishing Adventures offers World Class Lake Trout and Northern Pike Fishing. The Spectacular Aurora Borealis come to life by mid August and can be seen the way they were meant to be seen without any light saturation from nearby towns or cities....

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...

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...