Top things to do in South Slave

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 Cafe in Fort Smith

Anna's Home Cooking

Home cooking prepared with care is the key here, with a range of mighty breakfasts, delicious salads, panini, tasty fresh juices, stone-baked pizzas and lunchtime specials such as chili. Dinner is burgers and more s…
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 Light Show in Wood Buffalo National Park

Dark Sky Festival

The Fort Smith Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society runs a weekend full of events around mid-August, when the nights are dark and clear and there's tremendous potential for spotting the northern lights a…
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…
Top Choice Japanese in Hay River


Adding welcome variety to Hay River's dining scene, this diner combines Japanese minimalist decor with authentic, slurpworthy ramen dishes and other Japanese staples. Freshly made sushi available for takeout.
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Fort Smith

Rusty Raven

This sweet place sells some Dene beadwork, local art, books on local attractions, organic soap and other gifts. It also does decent fairtrade coffee from a Vancouver roastery and homemade cake.
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…
Seafood in Hay River

Back Eddy

This low-lit bar and dining room (enter on Capital Dr) is a reliable local favorite under new management. The dinner menu features fresh-caught Great Slave Lake fish, including pan-fried whitefish topped with scallo…