Hayes River

Why Was the River Designated?

The Hayes River was the main route from York Factory on Hudson Bay to the interior of western Canada for fur traders, settlers, and explorers from 1670 until 1870, and was an important trade, transportation, and communication route for Aboriginal peoples long before then. The longest naturally flowing river in Manitoba, today the river is a hub for outstanding recreational opportunities.

The 600-km long Hayes River historic fur trade route consisting of the Nelson River, the Echimamish River and the Hayes River, was designated to the Canadian Heritage Rivers System in 2006 for its outstanding natural and cultural heritage and its supporting recreational values.