Welcome to Yellowknife! This is a vibrant city full of friendly people and lots to do or see. With a population of just over 20, 000 you’ll see we have a small town feel, but with everything you would expect in a big city.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere in the city to eat, dance, see some art, buy local meats, check our history, get a cup of coffee or a drink, or even take a photo to prove you braved our cold temperatures – we have it all!
Stop in at the Northern Frontier Visitor Centre for everything you would want to know about Yellowknife and what to do. It’s on 49th street, right along the Frame Lake Trail. When you look across the lake you can see the Prince of Wales Heritage Centre and it’s just a short walk away.
Inside, you’ll learn all about the Northwest Territories and its land, animals, history, and people. Also just a short walk away from the museum, on the frame lake trail, you’ll come upon City Hall – where all of our city decisions are made!
While you’re around town, you’ll want to pop in to the Gold Range, the city’s flagship dance hall and bar. Affectionately known as the “Strange Range” among locals, they have live bands playing every day of the week, usually featuring country music.
No visit is complete without going through Old Town, where there are many local shops, souvenir stores, and places to eat. Pilot’s Monument is also in Old Town and, after climbing a few flights of stairs, you’ll be rewarded with an impressive view of the city, Great Slave Lake, and Back Bay.
In the summer, there are plenty of places to dip into the water for a swim (but we don’t recommend trying to in Great Slave Lake – it’s so big and deep that it’s very cold even in the summer), cast a fishing line, or stop by the Somba K’e Civic Plaza for a farmers’ market full of delicious treats and local crafts every Tuesday.
When the winter months set in, you can take a drive on the Dettah Ice Road and in March you can experience the Snow Castle all month long. Wondering what a snow castle is? It’s exactly what it sounds like – a gigantic castle made up of snow and ice!
And don’t forget about taking that picture beneath the temperature sign at the YK Centre on Franklin Avenue. Follow these links for more information: