The present community dates back to the postwar construction of the MACKENZIE HIGHWAY. The community became an important transportation and communications centre. Known as "the hub of the north," it is the staging point for the shipping industry up the MACKENZIE RIVER and also the centre of the Great Slave Lake commercial fishery.
In 1963 a serious flood at the old town site required the evacuation of the entire population and the creation of a new town site upriver. In 1964 the community's economy was stimulated by the completion of a CNR railway link. Today, Hay River remains one of the few NWT communities that is largely dependent on private enterprise.
Author ANNELIES POOL
Links to Other Sites
Polar Pond Hockey
The website for Hay River's Polar Pond Hockey event, which is held annually to celebrate the end of winter.