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Last updated: November 2019

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Situated on the Northern shore of Great Slave Lake, Yellowknife is the capital of the Northwest Territories, Canada. Founded in 1934, the city is located in the traditional territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, of whom founded the nearby community of Dettah in the early 1930s . The most common Dene name for Yellowknife is Sǫ̀mbak'è which translates to "where the money is". This makes sense for a town with a gold-mining history.


Yellowknife was designated the territorial capital in 1967. Since then the city has grown to around 20,000 residents and has become a cultural, economic and government services hub for the territory. Diamonds were discovered in the area in 1991, and with the founding of three operating diamond mines within short flights of Yellowknife, the city is once again getting in touch with its mining roots. Tourism, transportation, and communications are other significant industries of Yellowknife.

With its modern amenities and small town feel, Yellowknife has a number of interesting attractions, including the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, numerous walking trails, and the northern lights (Aurora Borealis), which are best seen between late-August and mid-April.

Here you will find excellent restaurants, comfy accommodations and a whole host of colourful locals that make up this vibrant community. Regardless of what time of year to visit, there is always something happening in Yellowknife. The city hosts a number of events, including the Frostbite50 ski race, the Canadian Championship Dog Derby race, and the SnowKing Winter Festival, which involves the construction of a snow castle on Great Slave Lake, where daily festivities include live music and children's programs. And every summer since 1980, Yellowknife has held Folk on the Rocks, an outdoor music festival featuring local, national and international musicians.

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For more information, check out the City of Yellowknife website or download the brochure.

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