Top things to do

Museum in Hay River

Hay River Heritage Centre

In the town's old Hudson's Bay Company trading post on Vale Island, this is an enthusiastically run local history museum, with an absorbing collection of Hay River photos through the ages, period objects and fossils…
Seafood in Hay River

Back Eddy

This low-lit bar and dining room (enter on Capital Dr) is a reliable local favorite. The dinner menu features fresh-caught Great Slave Lake fish, including pan-fried whitefish topped with scallops and shrimp; lunch …
Market in Hay River

Fisherman's Wharf

A weekly outdoor market with fresh fish and Northern-grown produce.
Chinese in Hay River

Board Room

By the Shell gas station on the main road, this place serves up westernized Chinese, alongside pizza, fried chicken and burgers, with buffet specials. Quantity trumps quality, but the squid in black bean sauce and t…
Cafe in Hay River

She Takes The Cake Cafe

Right in the heart of town, this cute cafe serves good coffee, freshly baked sticky cinnamon buns, bagels, muffins, sandwiches and daily lunch specials.
Island in Hay River

Vale Island

At the mouth of the Hay River on vast Great Slave Lake, this island, linked to the mainland by a bridge, is the oldest and nicest part of town. It's an ensemble of rickety wooden buildings, rusting boats, freight tr…