Flights to Hay River
From Fish Camp to Modern Town
In 1892, Chief Shatla of the Slavey, decided to make the seasonal fish camp on the north east bank of Hay River a permanent location for his people. In 1893, the Anglican Mission was established. Hay River remained a trading post and mission station until the discovery of pitch blende in the 1930’s close to Great Bear Lake and gold in the Yellowknife area. A road, which could be used year round, was required to access these resources.