A quick walk down a steep sandy trail in a dense boreal forest opens onto a beautiful sandy beach on the mighty Slave River. The beach is a relatively calm sheltered area great for putting in your whitewater canoe or kayak or for a refreshing swim. Paddlers or hikers can follow the beach upstream (right) over (past) a rocky outcropping along another sheltered beach to a second rocky point that sits just on the edge of a portion of the Mountain Portage Rapids called "The Playground". Experienced paddlers can surf waves and do rodeo tricks in the large yet forgiving rapids while the smooth granite rocks provide a perfect picnic area for hikers with a spectacular view. This is also an excellent area to bird watch Canada's northernmost nesting white pelican flock.
From Fort Smith, NWT, drive South on Highway 5 for ~20 km past the Pelican Rapids Golf Course turnout to the Mountain Portage turnout (on the left side of the highway). Follow the dirt road for about 10 min. until you reach where the road splits into two. The trailhead is on your left-hand side marked by a large granite bolder with a plaque.
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