Population: 19,234

Yellowknife is located on the north shore of Great Slave Lake at the end of NWT Highway 3, approximately 390 miles from Fort Simpson, 621 miles from Grimshaw and 597 miles from the Alaska Highway via the Deh Cho Route. 

Visitor Information: Northwest Territories Tourism Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N5; phone 1-800-661-0788.

European settlers arrived in Yellowknife the 1930s, with the discovery of gold in the area and radium at Great Bear Lake. In 1960, Highway 3 was completed, connecting the city with the highway system to Alberta. Yellowknife became capital of the Northwest Territories in 1967. The most recent mining boom in Yellowknife was the discovery of diamonds at Lac de Gras in 1992. Yellowknife has become a mining, transportation and government administrative centre for the territories.

Yellowknife has all visitor services, including lodging at major chain hotels/motels like Super 8 and bed-and-breakfasts; dining at major-chain restaurants and fast-food outlets; shopping at major-chain retail stores; and gas stations. Gas stations and all other visitor services available. The Yellowknife Book Cellar on 49th Street carries books for all ages; phone 867-920-2220, email. Camping at Fred Henne Territorial Park.


  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre exhibits the North’s natural and cultural history.
  • See the Diamond Display at the Diamond Centre on the corner of 49th Street and 51st Avenue.
  • Explore Old Town on Latham Island, location of the Wildcat Cafe and Bush Pilot’s Monument.
  • Tour the Legislative Assembly of  Northwest Territories.
  • Walk along the popular Frame Lake Trail with its views of Yellowknife’s skyline.
  • Enjoy fish fry dinners on the lake, take a flightseeing tour by floatplane, or explore the waters along the Ingraham Trail by canoe or Great Slave Lake by cruiseboat.
  • Canoe, camp and fish along Ingraham Trail (Highway 4).