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

The town of Hay River is 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 ice roads fan out across the lake. From Hay River it is 120 miles (193 km) across open water to Yellowknife. At one time there was a major commercial fishery based here.

The town's importance waned somewhat after the floods of 1963 badly damaged the old downtown and river port area. Most of the town has been rebuilt further inland and on higher ground.


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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 Lake Beach

East end of Great Slave Lake 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 airport

DC-3's at Hay River airport

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 apartment building in Hay River

Highrise apartment building 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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