Among the world’s elite paddlers, the Slave River is the promised land – a mile-wide waterway that explodes into thousands of fast channels and frothing rapids as it rampages over the shield-rock of the southern Northwest Territories. Here you’ll find whitewater for every skill-level of kayaker and canoeist, from idyllic, calm pools to waves as big as a bus. The best time to hit the waves? At the annual Slave River Paddlefest, hosted by the friendly kayakers of nearby Fort Smith.