Hay River is located on NWT Highway 2 on the shore of Great Slave Lake, 76 miles north of the Alberta–Northwest Territories border.
|Hay River was established in 1868 with the building of a Hudson’s Bay Co. post. Today, the community is the transfer point from highway and rail to barges on Great Slave Lake bound for arctic and subarctic communities. Hay River harbour is also home port of the Mackenzie River barge fleet that plies the river in summer.
Visitor services include lodging at a hotel, inn and bed and breakfasts; restaurants and fast-food outlets; gas stations; and supermarkets. Camping at Hay River Territorial Park campground. Other facilities include banks, schools, churches, a library, laundromat, and gift and arts and crafts shops.