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

 

Our Stories

Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories

WOOD BUFFALO FROLICS/MUFFALOOSE DAYS

Early March every year

Weekend events including a community feast, dances, games, a hockey tournament and dogsled races. Most popular is the cabane à sucre – the sugar shack where maple syrup is poured over snow for a scrumptious... Read more

Salt River First Nations Treaty Land Entitlement Days Celebration

June 21-24, 2018

Visitors welcome at this annual event! All events free to the public. There will be a traditional men's hand game tournament which goes throughout the event, and live entertainment (Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash... Read more

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS DAY

June 21 every year

Territorial holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices for details. Read more

CANADA DAY

July 1 every year

National holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices and check community websites for details. Read more

HAY DAYS FESTIVAL

July 3-7, 2018

Featuring live entertainment, art displays, corporate challenges, buskers, workshops and the ever popular Saturday Night Shaker at the beach! Check out the website for more details. Read more

SLAVE RIVER PADDLEFEST

August 3-6, 2018

Paddlefest includes instructional clinics, river trips, and fun, friendly competitions. There are events for kayaks, canoes, voyageur canoes, kids and adults. Paddlefest includes lots of activities for spectators – come... Read more

THEBACHA & WOOD BUFFALO DARK SKY FESTIVAL

August 23-26, 2018

The 6th Annual Dark Sky Festival is a celebration of the return of dark skies to our northern latitude (60°N). Festival activities take place in Fort Smith, NWT and the in world's largest Dark Sky... Read more