South Slave attractions

Top Choice National Park in South Slave

Wood Buffalo National Park

Established in 1922 to protect a large, dark and distinctly Northern subspecies of bison, and straddling the Alberta–NWT border, is Wood Buffalo National Park – one of the world's largest (44,000 sq km) and comprisi…
Top Choice River in Fort Smith

Pelican Rapids

Twelve kilometers south of Fort Smith, an old road leads east towards the river, with a footpath dipping down to a creek and ascending a bluff overlooking the tumultuous river. There are not that many pelicans here,…
Top Choice River in Fort Smith

Rapids of the Drowned

Named after a fatal 19th-century boat accident, these turbulent rapids are the northernmost pelican nesting site in the world. Walk 10 minutes from the top of Portage St to observe the birds snatching fish out of th…
Museum in Fort Smith

Northern Life Museum

This museum has intriguing displays on local history, from the first Dene arrivals 10,000 years ago to the founding of the 19th-century fur-trapping post. Look out for the re-created fur-trapper home and store, plus…
Viewpoint in Wood Buffalo National Park

Salt Plains Lookout

Some 25km west of Fort Smith, along the road to Hay River, an unsealed 11km access road branches off toward a viewpoint overlooking the great salt-encrusted expanse of the Salt Plains, punctuated by salt mounds – pa…
State Park in Mackenzie Highway

Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park

South of Enterprise, the Mackenzie Hwy parallels impressive Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park. The eponymous pair of falls are linked by a lovely 2km forested trail. At one end is the tiered, 15m Louise Falls on the…
River in Fort Smith

Cassette Rapids

The Slave River's southernmost rapids are in Fort Fitzgerald, part of Smith's Landing First Nation, 24km south of Fort Smith. Follow the road to the river and take the marked path to the rapids. There are several go…
River in Fort Smith

Mountain Rapids

Eight kilometers south of Fort Smith, towards Fort Fitzgerald, these rapids are accessible via a 2.5km dirt road just past the golf course. There are interpretative signs and a trail up a steep hill that drops down …
State Park in Mackenzie Highway

Lady Evelyn Falls Territorial Park

Lady Evelyn Falls Territorial Park is 7km down the access road to tiny Kakisa from Hwy 1. There's a short path to the splendid 17m falls. There's a campground here.
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…