Yellowknife, the capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories, has the best of both the Canadian north’s great outdoors and city life.
With its many lakes and vast wilderness, the area is a great place to start exploring. It has a lot of hotels, restaurants, pubs, and festivals.
Most visitors use Yellowknife as a starting point to see the area’s many natural wonders, like the Northern Lights and the many remote lakes that can only be reached by float plane.
Even if you’re just passing through Canada’s “Diamond Capital” on your way to somewhere else, you should still take some time to see what the city has to offer.
We drove across Canada for 150 days, stopping in Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories, where we had a great time.
Before our car broke down, we were only able to spend one full day at Hay River, but we were able to see all of the following things.
ONE DAY ITINERARY FOR EXPLORING THE BEST OF YELLOWKNIFE
Even though Yellowknife isn’t exactly a big city, you may need a taxi, a bicycle, or a rental car to get to all the places you want to go. There is also public transportation. Ask at your hotel if they have any ideas about what to do in the area.
STROLL THROUGH OLD TOWN YELLOWKNIFE
Yellowknife’s “Old Town” is where the city began, and it has been carefully kept in its original state. In this mostly residential neighborhood, you can find some of the oldest places in the city.
We had a great time looking at the old log cabins in town and eating at Bullocks’ Bistro, which most people agree is the best place to eat in town. Both the atmosphere and the food are great.
At this terminal, you can also get on a floatplane for a tour of the territories or to look at the area from above.
PEER OUT OVER THE CITY FROM BUSH PILOT’S MONUMENT
The best place to see the skyline of Yellowknife is from “The Rock” in Old Town. On Great Slave Lake, Back Bay, Yellowknife Bay, Old Town Yellowknife, Jolliffe Island, and Frame Lake, there are floatplanes, sailboats, and houseboats of all shapes and sizes. It’s a good idea!
GET AN EDUCATION AT PRINCE OF WALES HERITAGE CENTRE
The stories of the land, the people, and the history of the Northwest Territories are told through a beautiful collection of exhibits and artifacts. This is a great place to learn about Yellowknife and the area.
It was interesting to learn about the minerals and plants that grow naturally in this part of Canada. We also got to see amazing examples of human creativity in the form of native items, like a huge boat made out of mooseskin.
GET INTO NATURE
You can’t miss hiking or fishing outside of Yellowknife. There are many paths to walk, run, or ride a bike on. But it is likely that black bears and other animals will show up.
You can also catch a lot of fish, but you’ll need a license and to follow any rules about the area or the type of fish. Many skilled fishermen live in and around Yellowknife and would be happy to take you out on the water. If you don’t know where to start hiking, a local guide can show you around.
WHERE TO STAY
We like the Days Inn & Suites because it is easy to get to and the rooms are nice. This is a great option for people who don’t have a car because it is in the middle of everything. You can walk to everything you need, and if you want to check out the nightlife, there are many pubs and clubs nearby.
The hotel rooms were clean, comfortable, and had plenty of space. They also have a gym, sauna, meeting rooms, and high-speed internet that is free to use.
The shuttle service to and from the airport is free for guests of Day’s Inn & Suites.
We stopped in Yellowknife as part of our 150-day, cross-country multimedia road trip, which was paid for by hundreds of businesses. During our trip, some of the above-mentioned events and our lodging were paid for by sponsors. But what we say is true.