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


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Pelican Rapids Inn & Suites

41 room full service facility with a restaurant, dining, gift store, lounge and night club which offers accommodation and associated amenities to local, regional, national and international tourist and travellers.... Read more

Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre

We are here to share the distinctive stories, history and cultural heritage of the region of Thebacha; the region influenced by the Slave River and its tributaries. The Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre brings... Read more

North Star Adventures

100% Indigenous owned 50,000 years of experience! We are from Yellowknife, we know Yellowknife! We offer fun Day Tours in both Summer and Winter seasons. We also offer once in a lifetime multi-... Read more

Nonacho Lake Fishing Adventures

If Fishing, Muskox/Nature,Aurora veiwing or good family fun is what you are looking for, Nonacho Lake offers it all. We are the only operators on Nonacho Lake, which is the 8th largest lake ( in the NWT.... Read more

Kasba Lake Lodge

Kasba Lake Lodge is famous for providing guests access to incredible triple trophy fishing. Huge Lake Trout, ferocious Northern Pike and feisty Arctic Grayling. Fly into our private airstrip from Winnipeg, MB. Every day... Read more

Hay River Golf Club and Campground

Carved out of the ancient Northern Boreal Forest, the Hay River Golf Course is a fabulous recreational facility. This tree lined 9-hole course featuring artificial greens will challenge any golfer. The scenery is... Read more

Harbour Guest House

The Harbour Guest House is located in Hay River, Northwest Territories, on the shores of Great Slave Lake, one of the largest inland freshwater lakes in North America. With our tastefully appointed rooms and sunny... Read more

Canoe Arctic Inc.

For more than 40 years, Canoe Arctic Inc. has operated guided canoe trips on the most remote wild rivers left on our planet. With chartered amphibian aircraft based in Fort Smith, we fly our clientele in to the Thelon... Read more

Cambridge Suites (Hotel)

The Cambridge Building offers one and two bedroom suites as an alternative to the standard hotel room. We are conveniently located downtown on the banks of the Hay River. You will be within walking distance of... Read more

Anchorage Guest House

The Anchorage Guest House is the place to relax while on vacation or drop in for a night or two while passing through Hay River on business.  Hold a conference or a meeting in our large boardroom that is fully equipped... Read more

Ptarmigan Inn

Hay River's premier full service hotel, complete with The Keys dining room, serving fantastic meals as well as local Great Slave Lake whitefish. Don'€t forget about the Dog House Sports Bar, where "its good to be in the... Read more

Reliance Airways Ltd

We own and operate a 24 hour on-demand air charter service. Hunting and fishing charters can be arranged in the Northwest Territories. We offer air support for canoeing adventures at Lynx Tundra Lodge and the Thelon... Read more

Snowshoe Inn

Since 1965, the Snowshoe Inn has been a family-owned and operated business. Our 35 room motel is located on the banks of the Mackenzie River in Fort Providence. The motel also offers an on-site cafe, cocktail lounge,... Read more

Thubun Lakes Lodge

Thubun Lakes Lodge, located in Canada's pristine and beautiful Northwest Territories. Our renowned fishing lodge provides the forum for action-packed adventures on unspoiled lakes. Thubun is accessible... Read more

Whooping Crane Guest House

Beautiful octagonal shaped log home within walking distance of downtown. Smoke free, full breakfast, open year round. Friendly and inviting. Bicycles available in the summer.   Read more

Wilderness Edge Guest House

An executive two bedroom suite complete with all the amenities of home conveniently located in Fort Smith. Read more

Fort Providence Territorial Park

Enjoy great fishing, bison and bird watching, and take advantage of the services available in nearby historic Fort Providence, featuring visitor services, tours, fishing, groceries, a motel and restaurant. The... Read more

Hay River Territorial Park

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... Read more

Lady Evelyn Falls Territorial Park

Make the trip to see the falls, even if you do not plan to camp overnight. From the Mackenzie Highway, an access road leads 6.8 kilometres south to the park. From the parking lot, a short trail leads to Lady Evelyn... Read more

Queen Elizabeth Territorial Park

Located just outside Fort Smith, this large, lushly wooded campground features 17 powered campsites, showers and washrooms, a kitchen shelter, firewood, a playground, and a walking trail leading to great views of the... Read more

Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park

This park is what we call a "destination park," and with good reason. The sights to be seen are spectacular, the camping facilities excellent, the peace and tranquility are another world. The park has three main areas,... Read more

60th Parallel Territorial Park

Adjacent to the visitor information centre, this park has a scenic picnic area overlooking the beautiful Hay River, plus seven non-powered campsites nestled amongst birch and aspen trees. Entering the... Read more

Little Buffalo River Falls Territorial Park

This picturesque spot features six non-powered campsites. The area was devastated by a forest fire in 1981; nearly 40 years later it is now an ideal spot to observe how nature replenishes the land. Relax by the small... Read more

Little Buffalo River Crossing Territorial Park

Located opn the scenic Buffalo River about 20 kilometres shy of Fort Resolution, this placid campground features 20 campsites, washrooms, a kitchen shleter and picnic area, firewood, a boat launch, and excellent fishing... Read more

Aurora Heat

Our products support local trappers and contribute to the economic strength of northern communities. To ensure we can enjoy the comfort and warmth of Canadian fur for generations to come, our fur trade is strictly... Read more

Got Muktuk Inc.

Our mission is to provide information about Arctic communities - the kind you won't find in a visitor's guide. In addition, we promote a line of "got muktuk" clothing and souvenirs. For information, visit  our... Read more

Paradise Garden and Campground

Private campground in a valley just south of Hay River. Read more

NWT Kayak Association

Visit the NWT Kayak Association website to take a virtual tour of some of our rivers, including the mighty Slave River, and learn about the paddling clubs and events around the NWT. The NWT Kayak Association is located... Read more

North Star Resort

Northstar Resort is a remote fishing lodge located on Thekulthili Lake, 95 miles (152 km) northeast of Fort Smith. Operates from June - Sept. Read more

North Country Inn

Clean, comfortable and affordable rates! Downtown location, within walking distance to local restaurants. Aboriginal handicrafts available in lobby. Read more

Lynx Tundra Lodge

An Arctic Barrenlands trophy fishing adventure for the serious sportsman. Located on Lynx Lake (420 km east of Yellowknife) Lynx Tundra Lodge is your destination for trophy class Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling, Pickerel,... Read more

Landa Aviation

Landa Aviation is a family owned and operated air charter company proudly serving Hay River, the Northwest Territories and Canada since 1979. Read more

King George'€™s Bed and Breakfast

Comfortable Bed and Breakfast conveniently located in Fort Smith. Read more

Great Slave Lake Tours

Great Slave Lake Tours offers winter and summer trips on Great Slave Lake, the ninth biggest lake in the world and the deepest lake in North America. Tour by boat in summer or Bombardier snowmobile (B12) in winter.... Read more

First Air

Canada’s largest diverse airline with a reputation as the leading “Airline of the North.” Read more

Det'an Cho Tourist Camp

Gorgeous outdoor location for family reunions, or back to nature retreats. Read more

dBeck Kennels

Dogteam tours with experienced musher and kennel owner along traditional trails near Hay River. Read more

Canoe North

Canoe North, located in Hay River, Northwest Territories offers kayak and canoe rentals and sales. We can set you up for a self guided trip on a number of northern rivers and the Great Slave... Read more

Canadian Wild Wilderness Outfitters

Outstanding fly-in fishing for northern pike and lake trout. Approximately 75 minutes NE of Fort Smith on Thekulthili Lakes. Read more

Budget Car & Truck Rentals (Hay River)

Low everyday rates, weekend specials, short and long-term rentals. Read more

Brabant Lodge

Owned and operated by Ellen and John Pollard, Brabant is a full-service sport fishing lodge located on Brabant Island in the headwaters of the Mackenzie River. Read more

Big River Service Centre LP

Gas bar, cafe, lounge and 12-room motel located 5 km from Fort Providence, north side of Mackenzie River crossing.  Read more

Beaulieu Motel

Small motel located in Fort Resolution. Read more

Back Eddy Cocktail Lounge & Restaurant

Specializing in steak and seafood, Back Eddy also offers lots of finger foods and appetizers for the lighter appetite. Read more

Axehandle Guest House

Fully-furnished loft studio apartment in Fort Smith. Read more

Aurora Nights Lodge

Summer and winter packages on the Taltson River. Drive out by snowmobile from Fort Resolution or fly out from Fort Smith. Tent frame accommodation. Excellent fishing, custom packages. Read more

Taltson Big Pike Lodge

Boat tours in the wildlife-rich Slave River delta and fishing at Taltson Big Pike Lodge. Read more

Salt River Elders Village

Visiting Wood Buffalo National Park? We offer four log cabins out by the Salt River, for rent by the night or the week. Read more

Scott Lake Lodge

One of the finest Pike and Lake Trout waters in North America, on the 60th Parallel. Enjoy luxurious private cabins and a fully appointed lodge and guided fishing by experienced Canadian professionals. Read more

Taltson Lake Lodge Ltd.

Fly-in fishing lodge located 150 air miles (240 kms) south of Yellowknife. Full American Plan or unguided. Read more

Doghouse Sports Bar

Located in the Ptarmigan Inn, the Doghouse Sports Pub is where the real winners gather! Read more

The Hub

Weekly community newspaper based in Hay River. Read more

The Keys Dining Room

Located in the Ptarmigan Inn, The Keys Dining Room is truly Hay River's best in casual fine dining. With its warm elegant surroundings and ever changing menu, the Keys Dining Room is an exquisite setting for any... Read more

Thebacha Camp Services

Five-unit construction-style camp accommodates up to 25 persons. Read more

Northwest Territories Parks

To truly experience the Northwest Territories, take your camping gear for a highway driving adventure! Long ribbons of road without traffic jams or urban clutter take you through vast landscapes with unrivaled vistas -... Read more

Whispering Pines Cottages

Serving you with over 50 years of tourism experience. 4 private units, that are excellent for your company, business sports teams and organizations comfort while visiting Ft. Smith. Enjoy private, clean,... Read more

Winnies Dene Art Gallery and Gift Shop

Specializing in high quality Dene arts and fine crafts, one of the finest selections in the North. We take pride in supporting a sustainable economy. Read more

Wood Buffalo Inn

Wood Buffalo Inn is centrally located in Fort Smith and offers comfortable, fully equipped suites. Read more

Dene Fur Clouds Ltd.

Dene Fur Clouds Ltd. is a small knit-fur manufacturing company situated in Fort Providence NT, located at the south western tip of the Great Slave Lake, with a population of approximately 700.  Read more

Buffalo Airways Ltd.

Cargo and charter air service, covering the entire NWT. Overnight courier service also available. Read more

Captain's Cabins and Bridge-less Lodging

Three new cabins with awesome views of the Mackenzie River and Deh Cho Bridge. Read more

La Dee Dah Boutique

La Dee Dah Boutique is your locally owned and operated clothing store for fashion, accessories, and promotional products. Read more

Fort Smith Visitor Reception Centre

The town of Fort Smith provides tourism information and packages of local attractions through our main office and visitor information centre. Our website provides a detailed list of many of the attractions in and around... Read more

Lisa's Place

Motel and gas bar, located on the main Mackenzie Highway route to Yellowknife. Read more

Eileen's Bed & Breakfast

Eileen’s Bed & Breakfast provides accommodation services for those staying in Hay River. Read more

River Front Motel

Riverfront convenience, gas bar and motel has three furnished rooms with breathtaking views of the Kakisa River. Read more

Nivek Ltd.

Dogsled rides and Kennel Tours. Read more

Visa Rentals, Leasing and Sales

Light-duty pick-up truck rentals. Read more

Loon Air

Air charter service, fly out fishing. Scenic Tours of Wood Buffalo National Park. Hunting, exploration and prospecting camp support. Call for rates. Read more

The Rusty Raven Gallery & Gift

The Rusty Raven is a speciality coffee café offering a variety of hot or cold lattes and freshly baked treats. We are proud to sell northern arts, crafts and books. We also carry a great selection of giftware. Read more

Anna's Home Cooking

Health food bistro with eat-in or take-out service. Read more

Berro's Pizzeria

Eat-in or take-out pizza. Always fresh and delicious. Read more

Thimble and Threads

Located on the main street of Fort Smith, Thimble and Threads has a variety of fabric and crafting supplies. Read more

The Boardroom

Family-style Chinese restaurant. Read more

Woodland Wok and Grill

Diner serving Western and Asian cuisine. Read more

60th Parallel Visitor Information Centre

A visitor information centre at the 60th Parallel Territorial Park.  Read more

Hay River Heritage Centre

Unique displays related to the region, including fossils, wildlife, apparel, historical fishing gear, trapping, mission story, and the story of the 1962 Hay River flood. Read more

Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre

The Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre provides programs and services to residents of the Hay River area. Cultural programs are provided on Aboriginal Day and Canada Day, and a fiddling and jigging competition is held in... Read more

Hay River Suites

Looking for accommodations like a Hay River motel, Hay River hotel or Hay River apartment? Hay River Suites is the place to be! All suites have a bedroom, living room and furnished kitchen. Enjoy the comfort of our... Read more