The town of Hay River is a small town on the shore of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories on Canada. The town is home to the Northern Transportation Company Limited, and serves as a transportation hub of the north, as goods are transferred from rail and truck to barges to be sent across Great Slave Lake, up the Mackenzie River and to many isolated northern communities and industrial sites. It has all-season road access, making it a destination in both summer and winter, uninterrupted during the spring breakup and fall freeze up seasons. Be warned: northern towns are often not very pretty, but the surrounding area is often breathtaking.
Drive from Edmonton (approximately 13 hours) or Yellowknife (approximately 5 hours - but not during spring breakup or fall freeze up when the ferry crossing or ice road are not operating). Greyhound bus operates from Edmonton and Yellowknife. Fly direct from Edmonton on Northwestern Air (a small northern airline) 5 days a week. Fly from Yellowknife on First Air or Buffalo Airways (you can get to Yellowknife from the south on Westjet or AirCanada).
By car is the best way, but taxis are not very expensive. Most areas are accessible if you don't mind walking.
Great Slave lake is the deepest lake in North America and and the ninth largest lake in the world.
Excellent summer and ice fishing on Great Slave lake for whitefish, lake trout, and perch. Ice fishing tours and bombardier tours in the winter on Great Slave Lake. Summer sport fishing and tours of the eastern arm of the lake, and commercial fishing demonstrations. Contact Great Slave Lake Tours 867-874-3617.