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Trip List by Mark B

What to do in Yellowknife?

Feb 12, 2010  I live there
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 1 vote

A list of various places to go and events to experience while in Yellowknife. The city gets a bad rap for being "boring" but if you look hard enough, there's lots of things to do/experience. Be sure to Google a lot of my suggestions for more details.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Yellowknife
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Summer
  • 1. Black Knight Pub
    Black Knight Pub, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

    Great place to eat/drink and experience local hospitality! Just remember, it's a pub!

  • 2. Old Town
    Old Town, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

    Step back in time and roam around the rustic old town in Yellowknife. A perfect place for a bike ride or simply a drive in the summer. Check out Wild Cat Cafe for a bite to eat in a wood cabin setting or grab an ice cream at the stand located outside of it.

  • 3. Downtown Yellowknife
    Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

    Take a walk down Franklin Avenue in downtown Yellowknife, ideally during the summer months and enjoy the small shops and local charm. You can also check out the indoor shopping options such as the YK Centre. Visit the Ragged *** Road gift shop for some local souvenirs with the locally famous street name attached. Best to walk around the downtown during the weekdays as many stores are closed on the weekends.

  • 4. Bush Pilot's Monument

    Take in the spectacular view of the city and surrounding lakes from the Bush Pilot's Monument located on top of a hill in Old Town. Best to visit around sunrise or sunset for great photo taking opportunities. This is a must visit.

  • 5. Northern Lights

    Venture 10 minutes out of the city to see the Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights in all its glory. Best seen in the autumn/winter, check out the above link I've posted for more viewing details. This is the number 1 draw for visitors to Yellowknife.

  • 6. Walk/Run or Bike Around Frame Lake

    If you're visiting in the late spring, summer or early fall, take a walk or bike around Frame Lake which is a partially paved pathway surrounding the entirety of the lake. Not only is it good exercise it offers great views of the lake and is extremely safe.

  • 7. Attend a Festival

    As a very isolated city, it is no wonder that Yellowknife hosts a large number of festivals each year. From the Snow King Castle events and Caribou Carnival in the Winter to the Folk on the Rocks festival in the summer. If you want to get a feel of the community and chat with the locals, attending a festival is strongly recommended.

  • 8. Go Boating!

    20-30 minutes north of Yellowknife is Prelude Lake, a popular cottage area for residents and not well advertised to tourists. Prelude Lake Marina & Services ( 867-446-5779) offers boat rentals which allow you to explore this unspoiled lake at affordable rates. If you're more budget conscious and want to stay local, rent an inflatable boat at Omega Marine (located in Old Town) (867) 873-3770 and go boating on Long Lake which is adjacent to the Fred Henne Territorial Park in Yellowknife. Long Lake is the warmest lake in the area.

  • 9. Relax at the Beach

    If you're visiting in the summer and it's sunny, head on down to Long Lake Beach adjacent to Fred Henne Territorial Park to relax on the sand and soak your feet in the warm water of Long Lake. If you're more into beach sports, get a beach volleyball game going or join one of the many beach volleyball tournaments which occur during the summer months (call the Fred Henne Park for details).

  • 10. Fishing

    Yellowknife is extremely popular with fishermen & fisherwomen from around North America. Thankfully due to it's isolated location, the fish stocks haven't been destroyed by the commercial fisheries. Chances are, if you go fishing up here, especially in the Great Slave Lake area or Prelude Lake, you're bound to get a bite. But remember to abide by federal/territorial guidelines regarding fishing restrictions otherwise you'll be fined and despite the remoteness of these areas, they are supervised. (Research on Google) You can rent fishing equipment at many spots around town.

  • 11. Cameron Falls

    Although not in Yellowknife proper, if you rented a car, drive on up the Ingraham Trail 40 minutes to Hidden Lake Territorial Park. There, you can walk a comfortable trail to Cameron Falls for excellent photo opportunities. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for the walk and bring along bug spray or a mosquito net.