Yellowknife is nestled in the great Northwest Territories wilderness. There are too many lakes to experience in one lifetime, and the hiking trails are as plentiful as they are spectacular. In summer, the sun stays up for nearly 24 hours-meaning endless days of camping, fishing, or taking in tunes at the city’s famous festivals. Meanwhile, winter is an invigorating season of dogsledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and life-changing Northern Lights experience.
Things to Do in Yellowknife
See the Aurora: Yellowknife is famous for being a prime spot to watch the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. Tick this activity off your bucket list and watch these enchanting ribbons dance across the sky.
Dogsled: Zip across a frozen lake, or twist and turn throughout the forest in a dog sled. Take part in this classic northern tradition and you’ll be amazed by the teamwork and dedication of these dogs, who will bring you places a car could never venture.
Ice Time Fishing: The North is known for its fishing opportunities, but take your experience to the next level by dropping your line while out on the ice. Pull up to a fishing hole and join us on the lake this winter.
Snowmachine: Snowmobiling is a practical, not to mention exhilarating, way to experience the Canadian North. Make sure to get a good expert who can take you off the beaten path.
Cross-country skiing: Strap on a pair of cross-country skis and join us on the trails instead! The Yellowknife Ski Club has some nice, groomed ski tracks, or you could venture off the established paths to see the many hidden wonders in the wilderness that surrounds our city.
Frozen Cameron Falls: About 50 km from Yellowknife, along the Ingraham Trail. After a 20-minute hike, you’ll find yourself at the frozen falls.