Pitch Your Tent
The Yellowknife region offers a selection of camping opportunities for all types of outdoor enthusiasts. Three Territorial Campgrounds - Fred Henne, Prelude Lake, and Reid Lake - provide all the modern facilities to make you feel at home while pitching your tent or parking your camper. For the more adventurous, consider backcountry camping and pitch your tent along the Ingraham Trail - but please respect private property!
Fred Henne Territorial Park and Day Use
A roadside turn-out on the Yellowknife Highway just north of the Airport provides access to this popular recreational area on the shores of Long Lake. Picnic sites, a boat launch and kitchen shelters, as well as a sandy beach, a playground and change houses. Being one of the smaller lakes, Long Lake warms up enough in the summer to make it a favourite place for water activities including swimming, boating, tubing, water skiing, windsailing and jet skiing. There are 64 powered sites and 39 non-powered sites, plus 12 tent pads overlooking Long Lake. Swim off Long Lake's sandy beach, hike the 4 km Prospector's Trail, camp, picnic, canoe or enjoy the amenities and attractions of Yellowknife, located just 3 km away. Urban convenience in a wilderness setting.
Prelude Lake Territorial Park and Day Use
Prelude Lake is the largest developed park on the Ingraham Trail, it has numerous facilities to enjoy and 44 campsites to choose from (32 non-powered and 12 tent pads). There is a sandy beach where you can enjoy a wide range of water activities: swimming, canoeing, wind surfing and water skiing. The park's trail system offers a short stroll to a panoramic view or a longer, interpretive hike.
Reid Lake Territorial Park and Day Use
Reid Lake, near the end of the Ingraham Trail, provides 65 non-powered campsites and 11 tent pads, fishing, swimming, canoeing, hiking, bird watching, and wildlife viewing, this is a great place to camp and enjoy the outdoors. It is also an excellent base camp for power boating or extended canoe trips into the surrounding lake systems.
Hidden Lake Territorial Park
Hidden Lake is an undeveloped, water-based park, 3,000 acres in size. Backcountry camping is permitted, however, there are no facilities provided. access is a series of rivers and lakes linked by short portages. Two day use areas, (Powder Point and Cameron Falls), service the park and have picnicking and other facilities.
Day Use Areas
A number of well established day use parks are also provided along the Ingraham Trail outside of Yellowknife. These include the Fred Henne Park Day Use and Beach, Yellowknife River Bridge, Prosperous Lake, Madeline Lake, Pontoon Lake, Prelude Lake, Powder Point, Cameron Falls, Cameron River Bridge, and Reid Lake.
Back Country Camping
There are many great locations along the Ingraham Trail or outside of Yellowknife (for example, the Vee Lake Road) to pitch a tent for those that desire a camping experience away from civilization. The Hidden Lake Territorial Park, only accessible by canoe from Powder Point on the Ingraham Trail, is a prime destination for back country camping. Please consult the staff at the Northern Frontier's Visitor's Centre to determine the best location for back country camping around Yellowknife. Please respect private property and always keep a clean camp!
Camping can be completed in conjunction with any number of paddling expeditions around Yellowknife. Visit our "Boating" page for information on canoe routes.