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Yellowknife city guide

Bullock's Bistro

For the fish ’n’ chips

This restaurant claims to serve the world's best fish 'n' chips, made with grilled Arctic char, pan-fried pickerel or deep-fried whitefish. Scrawl your own verdict right on your table, the walls or the ceiling (marker provided on request).

The Woodyard Brewhouse & Eatery

For the award-winning beer

The city’s only microbrewery pub – and one of the northernmost brewery in Canada – is a popular hangout for locals and tourists alike. Kick back with a hoppy Bug Repellent IPA or the award-winning KickSled Cream Ale and order tempura vegetables with wasabi mayo if you are feeling peckish.

Birchwood Coffee Kǫ̀

For the breakfast sandwiches

The word “kǫ̀” means home in Tlicho, one of the languages of the Dene people. This family owned and operated coffee shop serves coffee, espresso and fresh baked goods. Don’t miss the Bannock ’n’ Egger breakfast sandwich.

Wildcat Café

For bannock and jam

Housed in a heritage log cabin from 1938, the Wildcat Café prepares local fare like freshly baked bannock with jam, bison burgers and smoked Great Slave Lake fish. When the weather cooperates, grab a spot on the sunny patio. Open mid-May to September 7.

A Taste of Saigon

For the ginger beef

A staple of the community since 2003, A Taste of Saigon serves classic Vietnamese dishes and Canadian favourites like lemongrass chicken and ginger beef in record time. Lunchtime crowds pour in from nearby offices at noon, so plan accordingly if you want to get a table. End your meal with deep-fried ice cream.

Gold Range Bistro

For a greasy-spoon breakfast

Head to the fabled Gold Range Bistro for the city's best greasy-spoon breakfast, and get the dish on life in the North from ice-road truckers, diamond miners and even the premier.

Ahmic Air

For a bird’s-eye view

This tour operator offers sightseeing tours of Yellowknives Dene First Nation communities of N’Dilo and Dettah from the comfort of a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. The bush plane comes equipped with floats to land on the water in summer, and skis to land on the frozen lakes in winter.

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and Legislative Assembly

For a political history lessons

The PWNHC features an ever-changing schedule of interactive exhibits and activities. Learn about the history of the Northwest Territories and the Indigenous peoples of the region. The Legislative Assembly, a.k.a. “The Ledge,” is one of the most interesting structures in the North, and it features original artwork from the Group of Seven artist A. Y. Jackson and many artists based in the Northwest Territories. The buildings are cheek by jowl and tours are free.

Buffalo Airways

For vintage aircrafts

See the operational World War II-era airplanes that serve communities north of Yellowknife at this active hangar’s aviation museum. DC-3 and C-46 planes that shuttled paratroopers and cargo between England, France and Germany in the 1940s cruise through Yellowknife’s skies on a daily basis. This is a popular tour for history buffs and fans of the Ice Pilots NWT television series. Hangar tours are free, but you need to book ahead with Buffalo Airwear, the hangar’s merchandise store.

Gallery of the midnight sun

For northern arts and crafts

A one-stop gift shop appealing to traditionalists, this Old Town gallery stocks everything from clothing to arts and crafts, including fur-trimmed, handmade moccasins and Inuit and Dene sculptures. Those looking for precious gems – Yellowknife is the diamond capital of North America – can even shop Canadian sparklers.

Old Town Glassworks

For handcrafted glassware

At this artisans’ co-op, all the glassware – made from recycled bottles – is cut, polished and sandblasted by hand. Bring home pieces etched with nature-inspired northern motifs (such as caribou, loons or the aurora borealis), or enroll in the popular two-hour workshop to design your own.

Bijou Boutique

For curated home accessories

This downtown fashion and home-decor boutique specializes in the cute and nifty. Expect natural bath and body products, scented soy-wax candles and decorative pillows and throws – everything you’d need for a cozy night in.

Chateau Nova

For a contemporary retreat

Yellowknife’s newest hotel is ideally located near the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly, and it’s a stone’s throw from downtown. After a day of exploring, unwind in the steam room and sauna or enjoy garlic shrimp and the daily drink special at the Quarry Restaurant and Lounge.

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham

For the ideal location

Located within walking distance to both downtown and historic Old Town, the Days Inn & Suites offers a comfortable stay in the heart of the city (and free shuttle service to and from Yellowknife Airport). The hotel’s spacious suites include a kitchenette and are perfect for families.

The Explorer Hotel

For the royal treatment

Yellowknife’s most notable hotel is fit for the royal family: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have all stayed here when visiting. The hotel boasts an impressive Indigenous art collection, a newly renovated gym and conference centre, a restaurant and the Trapline Lounge – a perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring.

Mo’s Houseboat B&B

For a unique Northern experience

Owned by Yellowknife artist Monique Robert, Mo’s Houseboat B&B is an anchored home with two suites available to rent. In summer, Monique take you to your suite and provide you with a canoe, paddle and life jacket for the rest of your stay (yes, you will be canoeing back and forth to land). In winter, you can simply walk or drive and park on the frozen lake.

Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.

Getting from the Airport

Most of the hotels in town use the same shuttle service departing outside the terminal. The Chateau Nova Yellowknife hotel offers a separate shuttle service (look for a dark red bus). A 15-minute taxi ride from the airport to downtown Yellowknife costs about $15 to $20.

Public Transportation

Yellowknife Transit has three bus routes that serve Old Airport Road, downtown, the Range Lake community and Old Town. Buses operate from 6:55 a.m. to 7:25 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Note that all transit service shuts down on Sundays and on holidays. One ticket costs $3.


City Cab operates 24 hours a day. A taxi from downtown to Old Town costs about $11 and is best hailed by downloading the OneLocal app.

Weather in Yellowknife

Tuesday light snow
-10°C Oct 27, 2020
Wednesday light snow
-8°C Oct 28, 2020
Thursday scattered clouds
-9°C Oct 29, 2020
Friday light snow
-8°C Oct 30, 2020
Saturday snow
-8°C Oct 31, 2020
Sunday light snow
-8°C Nov 01, 2020
Monday overcast clouds
-16°C Nov 02, 2020
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