Outdoor Summer Activities

Yellowknifers love summer. They play outdoors under 20 hours of sunlight in temperatures that can top 30 °C Yes, you can swim, sail, water ski, paddle board, golf and much more when you visit Yellowknife in the summer.

Summer in Yellowknife starts in June, and by the summer solstice on June 21, our summer activities are in full swing. On the longest day of the year, we celebrate with a street carnival, a midnight sun golf tournament and a day-long tribute to indigenous culture and peoples. By June, shorts and sandals have replaced parkas and boots and everyone is outside, paying homage to the sun at midnight.

Yellowknife has a summer to rival almost any in Canada, and here are some of the activities we lay on for summer visitors:

  • Rent a paddleboard and see the city from the water. Lessons available. Or rent a canoe or kayak and paddle through the sheltered waters of Yellowknife's Back Bay
  • Sign up for a short boat tour in and around Yellowknife Bay
  • Sunbathe on a sandy beach or swim in Long Lake, a popular public beach at the edge of town
  • Waterski, if you happen to travel with a speed boat and skis
  • Golf at Yellowknife's famous 18- hole golf course, where the greens are carpeted, the fairways are sand, and the ravens are known for stealing golf balls:
  • Fish on Great Slave Lake with a local operator for four hours or a full day
  • Hike one of Yellowknife's well-marked trails. For a quick hike, circle Frame Lake or Niven Lake in the centre of Yellowknife. For a longer hike try some popular routes outside of town. The Visitor Centre can provide route information
  • See the wilderness around Yellowknife from a bicycle. Fat bike tours are offered, or rent a bicycle for a few hours or a day
  • Sail on Great Slave Lake. Yellowknife has several sailing clubs, and sometimes our sailors are looking for crews
  • Learn about the ecology of the area with tour guides who know it intimately
  • Get the lay of the land from the air with a flight seeing tour on a small float plane
  • Interested in one of our many city tours? Experienced operators will give you an insider's look at the city, or you can opt for a self guided tour of Yellowknife's beginnings in Old Town: or join a mining history tour
  • Check out our many summer events () , from a weekly farmer's market, to one of Canada's top music festivals

 

 

 

See a list of the local operators who can provide a spectacular summer experience.

Things to Do in Yellowknife
Outdoor Summer Activities

Flightseeing Tours Ahmic Air offers a range of unique air tours. Our Beaver aircraft is equipped with enlarged windows for greater visibility and a comfortable, clean, upgraded interior. Each guest...

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Bluefish Services offers guided fishing trips and naturalist tours on Great Slave Lake. We have been in business for 25 years making us the one of the most experienced tour operators in the Northwest...

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Canoe and kayak rentals include high quality equipment - everything you need from PFDs and paddles to drysuits and camping gear. We provide shuttle services.

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Fun and informative tours guided by persons that came to Yellowknife for two years and stayed for a lifetime. Learn about Yellowknife’s history, see the City highlights, visit artisans’ studios. Our...

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North Star Adventures is a 100% Aboriginal owned, local tour company. We grew up in Yellowknife, we know Yellowknife! We are happy to share our Aboriginal culture. We offer Aboriginal Cultural Tours...

Here at the NWT Kayak Association website you can take a virtual tour of some of our rivers, including the mighty Slave River, learn about our paddling clubs and events around the NWT. Enjoy your...

Stand-up paddling is fun, easy, and great exercise. Located on the shore of Yellowknife’s Great Slave Lake, we offer SUP tours, rentals, courses, and equipment sales. Our staff are fully certified...

We rent boats and motors for the day, week or month. We service and repair outboard and inboard motors. We sell a wide variety of marine products. After-hours service is available by phoning 444-5378...

Complete outdoor and sporting- goods store with a huge selection of brand name equipment, clothing & footwear. Outdoor, fitness, and lifestyle clothing. Running, hiking, insulated, skateboard,...

Ryan Silke is a writer, musician, and historian who offers historical research services and tours.

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Specialized charter aviation company with a keen focus on customer service and customized aviation solutions. Summit Air boasts a diverse fleet of jet and turbo-prop fixed wing aircraft. The Peak of...

Summit Helicopters delivers remote helicopter aviation solutions in Northern Canada with one of the largest and most diverse fleets in the industry. Our crew is highly experienced in Northern...

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