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Hay River Staycation

A beautiful snowy landscape with Aurora overhead in the South Slave region of the Northwest Territories

Hay River Staycation at Castaway Cottages

Memorable vacations are not always defined by how far you go. It’s what you do and who you do it with that makes them special.  

Just ask Yellowknifers Dave Kellett and Sheila Bassi-Kellet. They like to travel – especially to help break up the winter months. So when the travel bug bit in the spring of 2021, they decided to make their vacation a “Hay-cation” (in Hay River.) 

Castaway Cottages in Hay River in the Northwest Territories

It wasn’t a hard decision to make. Hay River has a lot to offer travellers and visitors alike but according to Dave, there was one winning consideration: 

“We were able to take our dogs. We had a great little cabin at Castaway Cottages. We could walk the dogs along the shoreline of Great Slave Lake which looks completely different from the South. The sunsets were pretty incredible. The Hay River ski club has great tracks; and they even have a track where you can ski with your dogs. That’s something we can’t do at home! We shopped at some great little stores, went to a couple of restaurants; even took a drive to Enterprise. The weekend we were there K’amba Carnival was taking place so we were able to enjoy that – of course we made sure to catch the dog races.”      

Dog sled races at the K’amba Carnival in Hay River NWT

Nestled on the shores of Great Slave Lake, Hay River’s Castaways Cottages is perfectly located for a weekend break or week-long getaway. With 15 acres of shore line property, you can enjoy an un-interrupted view of the Aurora filled night sky in the winter time; or beachfront camping in the summer. No matter the season, Castaways Cottages & Campground is located a comfortable 10 minutes from downtown Hay River – giving you access to the amenities but enough space for a getaway.

People enjoy a ski trail in Hay River Northwest Territories

With its miles of accessible shore line strewn with driftwood, picturesque camping, a full grass golf course, waterfall route and weekly Fisherman’s Wharf, Hay-cations took off last year as residents from across the NWT re-discovered the sights and sounds of Hay River. And as Dave and Sheila discovered, the town’s diversity means there’s always something to do – even in the dog days of winter. 

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