It has always been our dream to see the big white north of Canada. So we just planned a trip to the destination furthest north on WestJet’s route map. Yellowknife is the capital of the Northwest Territories and well known for being one of the Aurora Hotspots worldwide. And yes indeed, immediately after arriving we found ourselves in a picturesque 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 an exceptional and artificial scenery.
Three days are perfect to explore the town itself, spend some time in the Ice Castle and watch the Auroras. If you need more action like Dog Sledding or hike the Ice Falls, you should probably plan a four days trip.
Celebrate northern art and performances with the locals when you visit the Snowking’s Winter Festival. It takes place on the giant frozen Great Slave Lake in the Yellowknife Bay - yes indeed, ON the Lake! You will find a stunning ice castle with many lovely details; the Snowking and his crew build over several weeks from the snow and ice of the lake on which it standing on!
After a short hike from downtown you'll reach the little winter oasis named Niven Lake Park. We soaked in the quiet beautiful nature and just strolled around a little bit, before we made our way towards the Old Town. Therefore you'll have to cross a frozen arm of the Yellowknife Bay. Make sure you check out the Bush Pilots Monument, from where you can overlook Yellowknife, Snowking's Castle and the whole twinkling winter wonderland.
You really want to see the Auroras? So make sure you’re chasing it with Sean Norman! He is a photographer from Vancouver who moved to Yellowknife, fascinated by the magical northern lights. We had the pleasure to spent a whole night in his cozy van and got great insider information as well as incredible sights of the Aurora. As a passionate photographer he helps you to get the best possible shots of the nightly spectacle.
The Fat Fox Café seems like the brunch café for the locals. We fell in love with the super cozy atmosphere and the delicious english-style breakfast menu.
Twin Pine Diner is a rockabilly style café with the friendliest service and some of the best pancakes we ever had.
Bullock’s Bistro offers fish - simple but very tasty! And the crowd is lining up for a reason in front of this unique rustic restaurant. It's rather a must do event than just dining! We loved it!
Thronton’s Wine & Tapas Room is an outstanding restaurant, which combines international tapas with a twist of regional specialities like arctic char or bison.
NWT Brewing Company is the most northern brewery in Canada! Their Woodyard Brewhouse & Eatery is the perfect place to rehash after a concert at the Snowking's Winter Festival. Beside the very tasty beer, the Chicken Wings are fantastic.
We bet you have never been so close to a diamond mine! In the NWT Diamond Centre you can learn everything about the mines of the Northwest Territories and diamonds in general. Of course you can also buy one ;)
Gallery of the Midnight Sun is a beautiful store which sells handmade art and craft from local NWT artists. We are sure you'll find the right souvenirs for your beloved ones at home or yourself. We've got a beautiful dreamcatcher here!