Great Slave Lake

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Cargo shipped by rail to Hay River can be transferred to barges, and pushed to destination throughout the Mackenzie Basin, or in the Beaufort Sea or Canada's Arctic Archipelago.

Great Slave Lake is a large, deep lake in Canada's Northwest Territories.[1] It is drained by the Mackenzie River, the second largest river in North America.

The Slave River, with its mouth on the south shore, is the lake's largest tributary.

A railroad connects the community of Hay River to the rest of the North American railgrid, and a container port there is important for the shipment of supplies across the western Arctic.


  1. 19 reasons to see Great Slave Lake, Government of the Northwest Territories. Retrieved on 2022-03-04. “This freshwater lake, located in the southern half of the Northwest Territories, is the 11th largest in the world and, after Great Bear (also in the NWT), the biggest entirely within Canada.”