Scenically situated beside the Hay River canyon at the junction of Highways 1 and 2, this settlement is the gateway to the South Slave. Just 83 kilometers north of the NWT border, and within hiking-and-biking distance of Louise and Alexandra Falls, it’s the first place North of 60 to get gas, groceries, a motel room, a restaurant meal, or shop for local arts and crafts.
Setting: At the rim of the Hay River Gorge approximately 30 kilometres south of Great Slave Lake
Record high / low: 36.7°C / -48.3°C
Ethnicities: Non-Indigenous, Dene (South Slavey and Chipewyan)
Getting here: By road, 84 kilometres north of the Alberta border and 38 kilometres southwest of Hay River
Founded in: Beginning in 1948, service stations and other transportation infrastructure developed at this site – the intersection between roads leading south to Alberta, northeast to Hay River, and northwest to Yellowknife
Best daytrip: Hiking the scenic, forested trail between Alexandra and Louise Falls in Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park