About Yellowknife, NWT, Canada

Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories, is located on the north shore of Great Slave Lake, about 1500 km north of Edmonton, Alberta. This city of 18,000 has most big city amenities, and features spectacular wilderness right on its doorstep.

Yellowknife NWTIn the summer you can be on the water in minutes, leaving from our Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures private wharf. In winter the lake becomes a vast playground for snowmobiles, dog teams and skiers.

Summer days are long and glorious, with 22 hours of daylight and just two hours of dusk in June and July. The long days warm up the shallows of the big lake just enough for comfort on the water. Choose a guided fishing or bird watching excursion, for a half-day, a day or more, and learn about our natural world. You won’t be disappointed. You will also enjoy our special Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures shore lunches and our unique “northern gourmet” dinner cruises.

On winter nights the dancing northern lights can fill the sky with colour and movement. Yellowknife, with its usually fine, clear, winter weather is the best place in the world to see the lights directly overhead. Join a group of aurora watchers on snowmobiles, or go for a dogsled ride under the stars.

There’s a wide choice of restaurants in the city, from elegant to family style, and there’s plenty of local music and entertainment in the evening year round. Dine out on fish fresh from Great Slave Lake, Arctic char, muskox or bison at restaurants in historic Old Town, or in downtown Yellowknife.

Any time of year, tour the dome-shaped Northwest Territories legislature. Explore the riches of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, a museum and archives that documents the exciting story of Canada’s North. Then fly with us. Hop a float- or ski-equipped plane for a sightseeing tour to Nahanni or the storied East Arm with our expert guides.

Yellowknife Northwest TerritoriesThe shopping’s great in Yellowknife, where artists from across the North show and retail their wares. Look for excellent quality Inuit carvings, jewellery and Dene and Metis clothing with traditional beadwork or quillwork. Let us show you around the galleries. Yellowknife is the Diamond Capital of North America ™  and guests of Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures have the opportunity to purchase authentic Canadian diamond jewellery at special prices.