Yellowknife is the capital of the Northwest Territories and well known for being one of the Aurora Hotspots worldwide. We needed a break of all the rain in Vancouver, so we took our chance and visited the destination furthest north on Westjet’s route map in March 2018. Also we dreamed to explore the big white north of Canada. And yes indeed, immediately after arriving we found ourselves in a picturesque big winter wonderland. Wes Anderson would find a bunch of spots to shoot his next movie here. Especially the bright snow combined with the pastel facade colors creates a artificial scenery.
Three days are good to explore the town itself and see the Auroras. If you want to do more action like Dog Sledding or see the Ice Falls, you should probably plan a four days trip.
We had a lovely AirBnb in the middle of Yellowknife. So you reach everything by feet in a short distance of 30 minutes.
But be aware of the temperatures of minus 30 degress! We rented some special warm clothes from My Backyard Tours.
You really want to see the Auroras? So make sure you’re chasing it with Sean Norman! He’s a photographer from Vancouver who moved to Yellowknife, fascinated by the magical northern lights. We spent a whole night in his van on an ice lake in the middle of nowhere with really nice company, tea and his stories. He has so much to tell and you can ask everything you ever want to know about Auroras... and Yellowknife… and the life as a vegan in the big north ;)
Snowking’s Winter Festival – just walk down to the frozen lake and you’ll find a huge ice castle with lots of lovely details and live band entertainment. The Snowking and his crew built this castle over weeks before from the ice of the lake on which you’ll be standing on!
Niven Lake Park & Old Town – a short hike from downtown you’ll reach this quiet peaceful park. We walked around the lake and towards the old town over a frozen arm of the big slave lake. You’ll maybe cross a water plane and make your way up to the Bush Pilots Monument, from where you can overlook Yellowknife, the Snowking’s Castle and the whole winter wonderland.
Thronton’s Wine & Tapas Room – unexpected amazing food that
combines international tapas with regional specialities like arctic char or bison.
The Fat Fox Café - the brunch café for the locals. Cozy atmosphere and really delicious food.
Bullock’s Bistro – Fish at it’s best. Not only the restaurant is a must see, but the fish is simple and very tasty.
Twin Pine Diner – A rockabilly style café with some of the best
pancakes we ever had.
NWT Brewing Company / The Woodyard Brewhouse & Eatery – it’s a perfect place to warm yourself up after a concert at the Snowking’s Winter Festival, which is close by. The Chicken Wings are fantastic!