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Slave Lake

Northwest Territories
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The Great Slave Lake is the second largest lake of Canada and is one of the deepest, and the biggest freshwater bodies on the earth. It is stretched over 10,980 miles and is home for large number of species of both plants and animals. The Hay and the Slave rivers are the chief tributaries of the Great Slave Lake. However, it is drained by the Mackenzie River. The lake is named after the slave (Dogrib) tribe of North Americans.

The Great Slave Lake is one of the major tourist attractions that are taking shape in this region. Adjoining it, the Hay River is the largest community, a bubbling town, a mid size shipping port and also home for the famous Great Slave Fishing Fleet. This Great Slave Lake region offers many outdoor activities
for travelers. If you are visiting the Great Slave Region, you can go for a local boat tour, or go for kayaking.

The ‘Big Lake’ is quite popular for its trout fishing events. Fishermen from Canada as well as across borders visit it during this season. The Great Slave Lake welcomes everyone and parts with prized trophy.

How to Reach

Jets connect Yellowknife with Edmonton or Calgary six times a day. The hour and a half trip from Edmonton crosses Great Slave Lake and Yellowknife Bay. There are flights from Ottawa, Ontario several times a week, crossing the Canadian Arctic. Direct flights from Vancouver, British Columbia operate during the winter season. From Yellowknife, passengers can connect to regional services, or travel on to major airports in the Mackenzie Valley.

Three highways link our northern communities to Yukon, British Columbia and Alberta. Drive up the Alaska Highway through Yukon to link to the NWT's Dempster Highway. Follow Alberta Highway 35 north to connect to NWT Highway 1, the Mackenzie Highway. British Columbia Highway 77 connects to NWT Highway 7, the Liard Highway.

There's scheduled bus service on the Mackenzie Highway, and seasonal bus service on the Dempster Highway. Vehicle and RV rentals are available for the Mackenzie Highway from Edmonton, Alberta, and for the Dempster Highway from Whitehorse, Yukon.

Key places to visit
Great Bear Lake, Peace River, Birding, Wildlife Viewing, Water Travel


Places to Visit

Great Bear Lake

Great Bear Lake, 31 328 km2, elevation 156 m, lies astride the Arctic Circle in the northwestern Northwest Territories, about 200 km south of the Arctic Ocean. It is the eighth-largest lake in the world, fourth in North America and the largest lying entirely within Canada.

Peace River

Peace River, 1923 km long, is one of the principal tributaries of the MACKENZIE RIVER system. According to Alexander Mackenzie, when he wintered along the Peace River during 1792-93, the river was named Unchaga (Cree for "Peace") after a settlement between Cree and Beaver warring parties at Peace Point at the lower portion of the river.


Some wildlife viewing is available in winter for foxes, wolves, coyotes, as well as some birds. In summer: ravens, crows, gulls, pelicans, eagles and small birds

Wildlife Viewing

Some wildlife viewing is available in winter for foxes, wolves, coyotes, as well as some birds. In summer: ravens, crows, gulls, pelicans, eagles and small birds.

Water Travel

Boat rentals, charters available. Day trips from 2-7 hours on Great Slave Lake. Sport fishing, see the commercial fishery. Mid June - Mid October, half day to a week. Sightseeing, photography, naturalist. We can arrange fish lunches for large groups. Please book in advance. Most summer and winter tours offer fresh fish dinners.

Right Time to Visit

July - October


June - August -> 20(°C) - Summer
November - February -> 0(°C) - Spring


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