Three airlines, Air Canada Jazz, Canadian North and First Air offer daily jet flights to Yellowknife from Edmonton and Calgary. Yellowknife's airport also serves as the starting point for flights to most points in the Northwest Territories.
For road travelers, the highway from northern Alberta is paved all the way to Yellowknife, with parks, waterfalls and wildlife to see along the way.
Sparkle is a tame description of the sky full of shimmering, fiery northern lights most clear winter nights over Yellowknife. So reliable is the show, and so accommodating the weather, that this midnight show draws thousands of visitors each winter to spend an hour outside at night, swaddled in down clothing, sometimes at minus 30º C.
Shopping for Diamonds
When prospectors found diamonds on the rugged tundra north of Yellowknife in the 1990s they sparked the greatest Canadian staking rush ever. Today, visitors flock to the Northwest Territories capital to find the perfect Canadian Arctic diamond.
Yellowknife Events on Ice
At the start of the 2007 Canadian Championship Dog Derby, there were 405 racing dogs in seven racing kennels at Yellowknife. To say this is a hot spot for dog sledding is an understatement. It’s a time honoured tradition. Samuel Hearne recorded dogs pulling sleds with a family's possessions on his trip across Great Slave Lake in the 1760s.
Road distances between Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and major North American cities:
Dining Out in Yellowknife
Our chefs compete for international awards with delicious ingredients from the northern land. Try muskox, buffalo, Arctic char. Some claim we also have the best fish in Canada – whitefish, trout and pickerel, fresh from Great Slave Lake, right on our doorstep.
Yellowknife Parks and Trails
Popular walking trails offer walkers, bikers and hikers scenic views of the city skyline and city lakes. There are some 17 lakes and 38 acres of parks and trails within the city limits. No one has to leave town to enjoy the wilderness in any season.
Yellowknife is a natural highlight of a northern travel itinerary. Our capital city is bursting with colourful personalities, Northern art and recreation opportunities. You'll meet people from all regions and all Aboriginal groups: Dene, Metis and Inuvialuit. There's a cosmopolitan flavour to match a 21st century outlook.
Share the exuberant spirit of Yellowknife, Diamond Capital of North America™. The capital of the Northwest Territories is a little city with big city amenities, with a population from more than 90 countries.