Yellowknife is a city in the Northwest Territories.
Yellowknife is the capital of the northwest territories. It is located on the North Arm of Great Slave Lake, on Yellowknife Bay. Yellowknife was originally founded as a gold mining town. Today, the gold mines have closed, and the city has reinvented itself as Canada's "Diamond Capital." The city is the administrative centre for the Northwest Territories, and in spite of its mining heritage, the public service dominates the workforce.
Passenger rail service is not available in the Northwest Territories.
Yellowknife is located at the end of NWT Highway 3. Take the Mackenzie Highway north from Alberta to the Northwest Territories Boarder. Continue to follow the highway past the communities of Enterprise, Hay River, and Kakisa to the junction with Highway 3. Follow Highway 3 to the Mackenzie River crossing at Fort Providence. From Fort Providence, follow Highway 3 past [Behchoko]] (formerly Rae-Edzo) to its terminus at Yellowknife.
From mid-May to late December, the Mackenzie River is crossed by ferry. From late December to mid-April, travellers cross the river via an ice bridge -- a frozen stretch of the river that has been groomed for vehicle travel. From roughly mid-April to mid-May, the river is unpassable. Check with the Government of the Northwest Territories' Department of Transportation for ferry/ice road availablity if travelling in April, May, December, or January.
Yellowknife is served six days a week by Frontier Coachlines, which connects with Greyhound at Hay River.
Yellowknife is quite compact, and the main areas of interest can be easily reached on foot. "New Town" is the current downtown core. It is bordered by 47th street to the north, 53rd street to the south, 52nd avenue to the east, and Veteran's Memorial Way (49th Avenue) to the west. Franklin Avenue (50th Avenue) is the main thoroughfare. The corner of Franklin Avenue and 50th Street is considered to be the city's centre.
"Old town", where the original city of Yellowknife was founded, is located at the base of the hill on Franklin Avenue, on a peninsula that juts into Yellowknife Bay, and on Latham Island. This area is primarily residential, but remains home to some of Yellowknife's oldest businesses.
Yellowknife is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. There are several scenic walking and hiking trails within the city boundaries. The Ingramham Trail (Highway 4) connects Yellowknife to many lakes, rivers, and hiking routes that draw campers, hikers, paddlers, fishermen and women, and hunters.
The winter months are dominated by winter sports: hockey, curling, skating, cross-country skiing, broomball, volleyball, and indoor soccer.
A small but active amateur arts community brings theatre, dance, and choral works to the community. The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC), is the main venue for the performing arts.
The Snowking Festival, Caribou Carnival, and the dog sled races are annual winter events. In the summer, visitors can take in the Summer Solstice Festival, Raven Mad Daze (with its 24-hour golf tournament), and Folk on the Rocks, a popular music festival.
The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre houses the territorial museum and archives.
The many art galleries in town feature the works of local and northern artists.