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Hay River, the “Hub of the North”, is where the arctic adventure begins. Experience the beauty of our town and immerse yourself in our community and northern culture.

Welcome to Hay River, Northwest Territories. Our breathtaking community located on the South Shore of Great Slave Lake.An energetic town of approximately 3500 residents, surrounded by boreal forest, rivers and lakes, Hay River is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts through all seasons. Our extensive trail networks, spectacular waterfalls and sandy beaches provide the backdrop for many outdoor adventures.

National Indigenous Peoples Day, formerly known as Aboriginal Day, is celebrated every June 21st all across Canada. In the Northwest Territories, it's a statutory holiday. In every community in the territory, you'll find festivities that include cultural demonstrations, live music, artwork and traditional food, all to honour and recognize the Métis, Inuit and First Nations people who've made the North their home for centuries. 

Your invitation to the best summer parties in the southern NWT

Epic beach parties. Cosmic discoveries. Choose-your-own-paddle adventures. Days and nights of music. South Slave communities sure make the most of their summers by getting together and basking in what makes their home so special.

The best part? These welcoming towns want to share the fun with you.

One of the first stops you should make when you arrive in beautiful Hay River is the Visitor Information Centre. Here you will find knowledgeable staff eager to help you. They will have local knowledge about the Town and surrounding region as well as current information on what is happening in the ‘Hub of the North’.

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