EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS

In Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories, the fun never sets. Our calendar is packed with distinctly northern events from dog sled races and Dene hand game tournaments to one of the finest music festivals anywhere in Canada.

 

Imagine dancing in the sand, under the midnight sun, at Folk on the Rocks. Or watching ice carvers at the annual Long John Jamboree. Or watching a movie from the comfort of a boat at the Dog Island Film Festival.  These are just some events that make your visit to Yellowknife extraordinary.

Then there are the attractions!  A lively Farmer’s Market every Tuesday during the summer. A tour of the NWT Legislative Assembly and a chance to see the diamond encrusted mace. An historical drama, presented in a large freighter canoe and on a rocky island, a chance to visit with television’s ice road trucker, or the ice pilots.

Visit the diamond centre where you can watch rough diamonds being cut and polished (and you can buy one if you wish) or the glassworks, where you can make your own souvenir glass. And of course there are static attractions that interpret Yellowknife’s colourful past: the Bristol monument, the bush pilot’s monument, the historic buildings with signs explaining their origins, the fireworks to welcome in the new year…..and the list goes on.

Check out some of the events and attractions that are favourites with Yellowknife visitors.

Things to Do in Yellowknife
Events and Attractions

Yellowknife's Arctic Farmer offers a greenhouse and landscaping services. Visit our gift shop for local and imported gifts. Mon to Sat 9 - 6, closed Dec 26 - Feb 6.

Since 1970 Buffalo Airways has been operating our legendary WWII era aircraft with outstanding customer service. Hangar tours are available by appointment on weekdays. Buffalo Airways also has a...

Coffee shop with a fine selection of coffees that are roasted in Yellowknife, teas, specialty drinks and sandwiches. Open mic every Saturday night. Two new locations at the Legislative Assembly and...

Yellowknife's Winter Carnival, held on the ice of Yellowknife Bay. A chance to unwind from the long winter months and prepare for spring! Long John Jamboree features an Ice Carving Competition, an...

Remember your sunscreen and swimsuit. Long Lake beach is at the Fred Henne Territorial Park, out by the airport; beach volleyball nets available.  There is also a boat launch area here and...

Once upon a time, in the great white north of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories a mound of snow was carved into a little playground by the Snowking and a few of his friends for the local children to...

Riding stable on the outskirts of the city, near the Yellowknife Golf Club. Four outdoor paddocks, an outdoor riding arena and riding trails. Private and group lessons for all levels of riding are...

The Yellowknife Climbing Club operates the Yellowknife Bouldering wall at 113 Kam Lake Road and is proud to build the sport of climbing in Yellowknife. The wall is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from...

At the Somba K’e Civic Plaza, outside City Hall, you will find food galore, andt locally made crafts every Tuesday night starting at 5:15 p.m. from early June to mid September. Shop early for the...