For many, Yellowknife is imagined as a far off land full of igloos, treeless tundra, parka-bound hunters, and northern lights. Though a few of those things remain true, the capital of the Northwest Territories is much more than the frontier town imagined by visitors from afar.
A modern, energetic city that boasts the conveniences of a southern centre, Yellowknife also harbors the tranquility of untouched wilderness. It's a place to explore rugged landscapes, breath fresh air, and soak up 24-hour summer sunlight. You can also enjoy fine dining, spectacular art galleries, theatre and a healthy live music scene.
Each year, more than 45,000 visitors make the journey to Yellowknife for a myriad of reasons. Whether you're looking to enjoy the midnight sun in the summer, or behold the beauty of the northern lights in the winter, there's always a good reason to come up for a visit.
Into fishing? Our location on Great Slave Lake makes it an ideal spot to cast a line, and Yellowknifers are a friendly bunch always eager to share their secret fishing spots. You can also count on us to recommend campsites, hiking trails, restaurants and interesting cultural sites. We'll even stop to help you take that token photo under the lighted sign stating the temperature on Franklin Avenue, so you can impress all your friends back home that yes, it actually was -40Â°C that day.
Now don't let that number scare you. When people talk about Yellowknife, inevitably the icy temperatures will come up on conversation. But don't fret, you can always rent a Canada Goose parka that will keep you toasty and help you blend in with the locals.
Visiting during the winter means you're in for a grand Northern adventure. You'll see the best Aurora in the world, drive on an ice road, ride a dog sled, visit the Ice Castle, and so much more. If the cold's not for you, then come during the summer to soak up the midnight sun, take in a festival, do some camping, and kick back Northern-style.
We look forward to seeing you here no matter the season.