Blue-collar Hay River, settled as a fur trading post in 1868, is the territory's second-largest town and an important rail terminus, lake harbor and freight distribution nexus. It's a useful service center rather than a drawcard in itself. The nicest part of town is the original settled area, Vale Island, with a picturesque beach on the impossibly large Great Slave Lake. There's good fishing, boating and dogsledding...
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