Local Area and Tourism

Come to Yellowknife and experience a culturally rich city thriving with diversity and authentic northern culture — a city where ancient history is found living elbow-to-elbow with a modern, bustling metropolis.

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 remains today a frontier town at heart.

Enjoy a stroll through Old Town’s Ragged Ass Road, and then hike to the Bush 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 boats cruise on Yellowknife Bay, take a tour or sea kayak on Great Slave Lake, see how diamond polishing works, 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.

In the winter, experience the Aurora Borealis, the spellbinding “Northern Lights” only visible in the sky from the Northern Hemisphere. Take off on a cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, or dog sledding adventures. Shop at arts and craft stores for paintings, boots and clothing made from seal, bear, arctic fox and caribou or browse art galleries featuring fabulous soapstone, antler and walrus tusk ivory carvings.

Below, you will find some of the top attractions and things to do near the Yellowknife Inn. 

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Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Museum

Queen Bed Room at Yellowknife Inn

The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Museum highlights centuries of Aboriginal history with hands-on displays demonstrating 250 years of fur trading, exploration and mining in Canada’s north ‑ bringing the past to life in breathtaking fashion.

Northern Frontiers Visitors Centre

Bathroom at Yellowknife Inn

The friendly, welcoming staff at the Northern Frontier Visitors' Centre is always available to answer questions about Yellowknife and make recommendations on the best things to see and do, many of which are just steps from the Yellowknife Inn. 

Legislative Assembly

L'atitudes at Yellowknife Inn

Showcasing innovative architecture and a fine lakeside setting surrounded by spruce and jack pine trees, the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly building is one of the newest and most unique in Canada. Free guided tours are available from Monday to Friday, and self-guided audio tours are available during regular Legislative Assembly building hours. You might even catch the lawmakers in action in this unique circular chamber for a lesson in consensus government.

Wildcat Café & Old Town

Yellowknife Inn Exterior

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.

Ingraham Trail

Yellowknife Inn Lobby

Starting in Yellowknife and stretching east to Tibbitt Lake, the trail winds its way past several lakes, campgrounds, picnic sites and boat launches. Along the way, you’ll enjoy scenic vistas of lakes, forest and ancient Precambrian rock. Launch your boat, cast a line for trout and pike, explore hiking trails, camp, swim, bird watch or just enjoy a picnic on the shore. 

Cameron River Waterfall

Station in L'atitudes Restaurant

This 1.2-kilometre trail is a favorite route for hiking, picnicking and sightseeing. Enjoy a moderate hike with some elevation over rocks before arriving at a 17-metre waterfall, river and canyon with benches, a suspension bridge and several more trails.

Aurora Viewing – From September to April

Northern Lights Over Teepees

During the 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

Snow With Buildings in Background

Leave the rush and bustle of our vibrant city behind for a few hours 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

Snowy City View

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.

Bush Pilot’s Monument

Yellowknife Inn Lobby

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 the Great Slave Lake.

Yellowknife Cultural Crossroads

Yellowknife Inn Lobby

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 Yellowknife Golf Course

Dogsledding at Caribous Carnival Races

Extending across a scenic rock and sand landscape, the 18-hole Yellowknife golf course 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.

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The Yellowknife Inn

Snowy Yellowknife Inn Entrance at Night

5010 49 St Yellowknife,
NT X1A 3R7, Canada