Welcome to YellowKnife
Yellowknife is the Capital of the Northwest Territories and the
Diamond Capital of North America. Located on the shores of
the beautiful Great Slave Lake, only 512 km south of the
Arctic Circle, Yellowknife was once a gold mining town and is
still a frontier town at heart.
Enjoy a stroll through Old Town’s Ragged Ass Road, and then
hike to the Pilot’s Monument on top of “the Rock,” the highest
point in Old Town for a breathtaking view of the city.
Watch bush planes and cruise boats on Yellowknife Bay, take a tour or sea kayak on Great Slave Lake, see
diamond polishing, dine out in a quaint log restaurant, play a round of golf on our unique sand course, or
head out to fish under the Midnight Sun.
The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Museum highlights centuries of Aboriginal history with
hand-on displays, demonstrating 250 years of fur-trading, exploration & mining in Canada’s north…bringing
the past to life.
In the winter experience the spectacular Aurora Borealis,
spellbinding “Northern Lights” only visible in the sky from the
Northern Hemisphere. Enjoy an outing of cross country
skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, shop at arts & craft
stores for paintings, boots & clothing made from seal, bear,
arctic fox and caribou or visit Art Galleries featuring fabulous
soapstone, antler and walrus tusk ivory carvings.
Come to Yellowknife and experience a culturally rich city thriving with diversity and an unusual blend of northern culture….a city where history is found throughout a modern, bustling metropolis.
Wildcat Café and Old Town
Old Town has a charm all its own. Great eating, quaint ambiance, water views and historic buildings
combine with bush planes on floats or skis to take you back to the early days of the city and of northern
flying. The lovingly preserved Wildcat Café is one of Yellowknife’s original buildings. It's now an
atmospheric eatery overlooking Back Bay, and a "must see" stop for great photos and great food during
the summer months.
Bush Pilot’s Monument
Don't miss the Pilots' Monument, at the top of "the Rock" - the highest point in the Old Town. This high
vantage point offers a 360 degree view of the city, nearby islands, and Great Slave Lake.>
Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Not to be missed for its innovative architecture and fine lakeside setting surrounded by spruce and jack
pine. You might even catch the lawmakers in action in this unique circular chamber for a lesson in
Northern Frontier Visitors' Centre
Collect maps and other useful information, buy Yellowknife souvenirs and linger among rotating art exhibits
and interpretive displays. Click here to visit the Northern Frontier Visitors' Centre.
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
One of Canada's important museums, the Heritage Centre highlights centuries of Aboriginal history— plus
250 years of fur-trading, exploration and mining in Canada's North. Hands-on exhibits bring the past to life,
for hours of entertainment. Click here to learn more.
Aurora Viewing – September to April
In summer the sky over Yellowknife Bay is as wide and blue as a prairie sky. Fall and winter offer different
perspectives, a midnight blue sky is filled with stars and the aurora, or the dancing northern lights are
nothing short of spectacular.
Frame Lake Walking Trail
Forget the rush and bustle of our vibrant city and take to the trails. Skirting a picturesque little lake the
Frame Lake walking and biking trail offers scenic views of the lake and the city at every turn.
Diavik Diamond Display
Featured in the main lobby of the downtown offices of Diavik Diamond Mines view a series of displays
highlighting the search for diamonds and the development of a diamond mine, in the treeless tundra far to
the north of the city.
Yellowknife Cultural Crossroads
Tracings of human hands from many cultural groups, a traditional drum and a raven are etched into a rock
face. The bronze sculpture, designed by three aboriginal artists, celebrates the power of working together.
The 18-hole Yellowknife golf course will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2008. Stretched across a scenic
rock and sand course, the club features a pro shop, club and cart rentals, driving range and a welcoming
clubhouse with food and bar service. Visitors are welcome. It’s the location each year for a number of
tournaments, the most famous of which is the Canadian North Midnight Classic, played each June 21st
weekend, on the longest days of the year.
Held the last weekend of March each year, this festival puts
an end to winter in Yellowknife. The carnival features well
known entertainment, snowmobile and dog races and feats of
strength and skill. Click here to learn more.
Canadian Championship Dog Derby
A three day, 150-mile race run on Great Slave Lake ice, held at the end of March, and part of the World
Cup of dog sled racing. Run since 1955, the Dog Derby now features mushers from around the world,
custom bred dogs and high-tech sleds. Catch the excitement at the mass start each day and marvel at the
stamina of men, women and dogs. Click here to learn more.
Canada Day – July 1
This national holiday is truly a multicultural event in Yellowknife – with a parade, music and games, and
citizenship ceremonies in the park.
Aboriginal Day – June 21
This territorial holiday honors the Aboriginal people of the North and features traditional entertainment, storytelling, and lots of caribou stew, bannock and tea. Click here to learn more.
Longest Day of the Year - Raven Mad Daze
When the sun is high in the sky all day and all night, June 21, Yellowknifers go raven mad. Street sales,
live bands, and plenty of finger food keep the family hopping till well past midnight. Just when you think
the sun has disappeared, it pops up again and its time to go boating, or tee off at the Midnight Sun golf
Snowking Winter Festival
For the past many years, the Snowking has built his castle. He dedicates his days to make this amazing,
icy construction so the people of Yellowknife and visitors alike can enjoy his magical palace. The
Snowking's castle has captured the imagination and hearts of many. Click here to learn more.
Folk on the Rocks – mid July
This two day folk-blues concert is held in a beautiful sandy amphitheatre on the shores of a shimmering
lake. It’s a beautiful setting to relax, take in a few rays and enjoy your favorite performers. Workshops
and fun for kids are part of the package. Click here to learn more.
It’s time to dust off your samples, schmooze with the mining execs and practice your skills as a hard rock
gold miner. Or, like the teams from every mine in the NWT and Nunavut, compete in the annual Mine
Rescue Competition, a test of skill and safety knowledge in a simulated mine emergency. Our team’s
measure up to the best in Canada. Click here to learn more.