A Day in Yellowknife – Visit Canada
Yellowknife, the capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories, is the perfect blend of the vast wilderness of Canada’s North and city life. Here you’ll find a variety of hotels, restaurants, bars and festivals, as well as numerous lakes and vast wilderness areas, making it an ideal base for adventure.
Most tourists use Yellowknife as a base to view the Northern Lights or to take floatplanes to secluded lakes and other natural attractions. However, while the “diamond capital” of Canada is just a base for further exploration, you really should explore the city and see what it has to offer.
We visited Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories during our 150 day road trip across Canada and really enjoyed our stay. Due to our vehicle breaking down in Hay River, we only had a full day to explore the town, which was enough to see the key sites below.
Full-day itinerary to explore the best of Yellowknife
Yellowknife isn’t a huge city, but you’ll most likely need to take a taxi to some areas, ride a bike, or rent a car. There is also public transport. Depending on where you are staying, ask the hotel and see what they recommend.
Walk through Old Town Yellowknife
Lovingly preserved, the ‘Old Town’ is where the original town of Yellowknife was founded. This area is mainly residential, but it is also home to some of the oldest businesses in the city. We really enjoyed walking around the old cabins and log buildings, as well as having lunch at the most famous restaurant in town – Bullocks’ Bistro. The atmosphere is really cool and the food is delicious. This is also where you will find the seaplanes, which can take you anywhere in the territories or for a scenic flight tour over the region.
Peer Over the City from Bush Pilot’s Monument
Located on “The Rock” in Old Town, this is where to go for the best views of Yellowknife. You’ll see Great Slave Lake, Back Bay, Yellowknife Bay, Old Town Yellowknife, Jolliffe Island, and Frame Lake, as well as colorful houseboats, sailboats, and seaplanes. Highly recommended!
Learn at the Prince of Wales Heritage Center
It’s the perfect place to learn about Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories, both past and present, with a beautiful display of exhibits and collections that tell the stories about the land, the people and the history of the territories’. It was very interesting to learn about the flora and fauna, as well as the minerals found in this part of Canada. We also saw various artifacts made by the local natives, including a massive moose hide canoe, which is a great display of human ingenuity!
Get a foothold in nature
Hiking and fishing are two activities you must experience in or around Yellowknife. There are various trails suitable for walking, jogging and cycling. However, be prepared to see wildlife, especially black bears!
Fish is also plentiful, but be sure to get your fishing license before you go fishing and observe the catch limits for each type and area. There are a number of experienced anglers in and around Yellowknife who can take you out on their boat. You can also join a guided hike with a local, if you’re not sure where to go.
Where to stay
We always like to stay downtown and the Days Inn & Suites fit our style perfectly. Located right in the heart of downtown, it’s a great option for people without a car. Not only are you within walking distance of all the amenities you might need, but you are also close to bars and clubs if you want to partake in the nightlife.
The rooms were clean, comfortable and spacious. They also include free high-speed Internet, a fitness center, sauna, meeting space, and more.
For those arriving by plane, the Day’s Inn & Suites also includes a free airport shuttle.
More information at www.daysinnyellowknife.com