Nestled on the north shore of the Great Slave Lake in a remote and scenic region of the Canadian Shield, Yellowknife is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure buffs alike. The wonderful sunshine, breathtaking landscape, vibrant aboriginal culture and superb opportunities for camping, trekking, and different exciting winter sports, allure hordes of holidaymakers to visit this beautiful capital of Canada’s Northwest Territory.

Top Tourist Attractions

See the spectacular Lights of Aurora Borealis: Watching the stunning hues of aurora borealis is something that no holidaymaker in Yellowknife would like to miss. As it gets darker, the kaleidoscopic lights of aurora borealis charge the atmosphere and create a spectrum-like glow. Winter season (November to February) is the best time to check out this natural wonder.

Go for Fishing and Canoeing on the Nearby Waterways: This part of Canada is dotted with scores of lakes and waterways, making it a great place to enjoy canoeing, fishing, and other water sports. Rent a canoe and embark on a voyage to the region’s secluded and picturesque water-bodies. Make sure you hire a local guide for enjoying a safe and well-informed expedition. Remember that water sport on the Great Slave Lake or other associated smaller lakes is possible only during the summers.

Enjoy Hiking: An early morning walk on the Prospector’s Trail is an experience you can’t miss! Breathtaking vistas of mountains, peaceful lakes, and glimpses of local wildlife on this 4km long trail promises a delightful time. Niven Lake Trail, Tin Can Hill, and Cameran Falls Trail are some of the other treks in the region that promise an unforgettable walking and hiking experience.

Heritage Walk in the Old Town: Apart from its natural spectacles, Yellowknife is revered for its rich history and culture. Head to the Old Town to check out some of the city’s age-old buildings and different galleries and museums. Northern Arts and Cultural Centre and the Bush Pilots Monument are a couple of must-visit attractions here. Don’t miss a dining opportunity at the Wildcat Café, the oldest restaurant in Yellowknife.

Where to Stay

A wide range of accommodation options in Yellowknife cater to all needs and budgets. Tourists looking for a luxurious stay can choose from the many deluxe hotels, most of which are located along the City’s Great Slave Lake waterfront and in New Town area. Some popular options in the deluxe category include the Days Inn & Suites, Explorer Hotel, and Coast Fraser Tower. For budget travellers and backpackers, the city boasts an array of smaller hotels, bed & breakfast establishments, lodges, and camp tents.

How to Get There

The fastest and most convenient way to reach Yellowknife is by air. The city has an airport with regular flights from key Canadian cities including Ottawa and Calgary. Both Ottawa and Calgary are connected by direct flights with London Heathrow, the UK’s leading airport.

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