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Hay River
On the south shore of the Great Slave Lake, The Northwest Territories

The town of Hay River claims to be the transport hub of the Northwest Territory. Canada's northernmost railroad ends here and an extensive system of lake and river barges continues north. In winter there are ice roads. From Hay River it is 120 miles (193 km) across open water to Yellowknife.

The town's importance waned somewhat after the floods of 1963 destroyed the old downtown and river port area. At one time there was a major commercial fishery based here.


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Great Slave Lake Beach

Great Slave Lake Beach

On sunny days this beach is popular with the people of Hay River. The water is stained brown by tannin and floating debris piles up against the sand.

Great Slave Lake Beach in Hay River, The Northwest Territories

Date photographed: August 31, 2016

East end of Great Slave Beach

East end of Great Slave Beach

Vessels used in commerce on the Great Slave Lake and its tributary rivers are hauled out of the water before freeze-up in October-November.

Great Slave Lake Beach in Hay River, The Northwest Territories

Date photographed: August 31, 2016

Old Town Hay River

Old Town Hay River

The town of Hay River developed initially on Vale Island at the mnouth of the river. But flooding in 1963 resulkted in further development being sited upstream on the mainland.

on Vale Island, Hay River, The Northwest Territories

Date photographed: September 3, 2016

Private boats at Hay River

Private boats at Hay River

Fishing boats and even a few live-aboards can be seen in the small harbor at Hay River. There is also a major Canadian Coast Guard base here.

on Vale Island, Hay River, The Northwest Territories

Date photographed: September 3, 2016

DC-3's at Hay River

DC-3's at Hay River

Buffalo Airlines flies a variety of planes, notably DC-3's, around the Northwest Territories. Tail number 57, seen here, was their original aircraft.

on Vale Island, Hay River, The Northwest Territories

Date photographed: September 3, 2016

Highrise apartments in Hay River

Highrise apartments in Hay River

Hay River's only tall building - note the angle of the satellite dishes. Next door is the high school, commonly known as the Purple People Eater.

Hay River, The Northwest Territories

Date photographed: September 3, 2016

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