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Places to Stay Yellowknife

• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide for Yellowknife, Northern Canada.
The north has always intrigued visitors and Yellowknife is no exception. With countless recreational opportunities and historic attractions, this city is one of Northern Canada's major tourist destinations. Visitors will find modern conveniences of a big city along with remnants of a colourful past, awe-inspiring scenery and magical skies. Yellowknife offers all types of accommodations, from large hotels and motels to intimate bed and breakfasts (B&Bs).


New Town
For travellers seeking contemporary accommodations with easy access to amenities and services, the New Town district is ideal. New Town is located between Frame Lake and Yellowknife Bay and is considered the downtown area of the city.

Franklin Avenue (50th Avenue) is the citys main street and the very centre of town is found here at the junction with 48th Street. Visitors will find hotels and some B&Bs in this area, along with shopping, government buildings and offices. Visitors staying here will be within walking distance of downtown's numerous shops and galleries containing original artworks and uniquely northern souvenirs, including furs, carvings and northern diamonds.

Major attractions in New Town include the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, located on Frame Lake, three blocks from downtown. This centre showcases northern history and aboriginal culture, including artifacts and Inuit carvings. Also on Frame Lake is the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly Building, known for its architectural design in the shape of a traditional snow house.

Popular hotels and motels in New Town include the Super 8 Motel, offering an affordable and friendly stay, the Explorer Hotel, featuring the largest conference facility in the NWT, the centrally located Capital Suites, for short-and long-term stays, and Chateau Nova, providing accommodations for business and vacation travellers.

Old Town
Visitors wanting a stay geared towards experiencing the old-time charm and character of the gold-rush era will find it in Old Town, dotted with colourful shacks, heritage buildings and small houseboat communities. This area is the historic birthplace of Yellowknife, located at the base of the hill on Franklin Avenue and situated on a peninsula that juts into Yellowknife Bay.

Old Town is a hub for boats and floatplanes and travellers will find several B&Bs in this section of the city along with many restaurants and cafes. Many B&Bs, including Back Bay Boat B&B with views of Back Bay and the Bayside B&B on Yellowknife Bay, are situated on the waterfront on Latham Island, a neighbourhood connected to Old Town via a causeway.

The best way to experience this part of Yellowknife is on a walking tour. Pick up a brochure at the Northern Frontier Regional Visitors Centre that will guide visitors on a tour of the heritage buildings found in this district, dating back to frontier times. Stop by at the Wildcat Cafe, the oldest restaurant in the city, built in 1937, and take a walk down famous Ragged Ass Road, named after a now defunct mine.


One of the busiest airports in Northern Canada, the Yellowknife Airport is a short drive from Yellowknife, found 5 km (3 mi) west of the city on Highway 3. Major airlines servicing the NWT are First Air, Canadian North, Air Canada and Northwestern Air.

Driving into the NWT is a scenic journey filled with wildlife and nature. The main roadway into the NWT is the MacKenzie Highway (Highway 1), a 1,700-km (1056-mi) network connecting the territory with Alberta. The Liard Highway provides access from British Columbia, and the Dempster Highway is the main route into the NWT from the Yukon. The Yellowknife Highway (Highway 3) connects to Highway 1 and the Ingraham Trail (Highway 4) and crosses through parks, campgrounds, recreation areas and hiking trails.

Within the City
Yellowknife City Transit operates Monday to Saturday, with stops at the airport and throughout the downtown core. Tickets can be purchased at City Hall and various shops. Taxis are fairly cheap and are an affordable way to get around the city with 24-hour, local and out-of-town services available.

Car Rentals
Most rental agencies are located at the airport. For travellers visiting in summer, it is a busy time with a limited number of rental cars available so it is advisable to book ahead.


Yellowknife experiences dry, cold winters and warm summers with long hours of daylight. The annual total precipitation averages 15 cm (6 in) of rainfall and 135 cm (53 in) of snowfall. Winter averages a high temperature of -25C (-13F) with January being the coldest month. July is the warmest month with temperatures in the low 20s (68F) with the potential to hit high 30s (86F).

The best time to visit is during the summer months when warmer temperatures and longer hours of daylight offer plenty of time and opportunities to experience the attractions, tours and sights of this city. Recreational activities are found in abundance in Yellowknife during the spring and summer with bird watching, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting and golfing taking centre stage. For those wanting to experience an arctic vacation, winters in Yellowknife also offer a number of adventures, including dog sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Winter is also a prime time to witness the mysterious northern lights in Yellowknife, with green, red and mauve lights illuminating the night skies.

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