The summer season is short in Yellowknife, but it’s an incredibly beautiful time of year and after a long winter, the locals come out to play in the land of the midnight sun. Stand-up Paddleboard around Joliff Island, take sailing lessons, grow your own vegetables in one of the community garden and enjoy live music while dining on smashed sandwiches and homemade ice-cream at the Farmers Market every Tuesday. Once the temperature drops, switch-up the to-do list and take up cross country skiing, pottery lessons, or learn to make moccasins. This town draws people from all over Canada and the world, creating a multicultural, musical, artistic, active community providing so much opportunity for its locals and visitors to learn something new, meet new people, and grow.City of Yellowknife Recreation Guide
Yellowknife is surrounded by thousands of kilometres of wide-open spaces just waiting for you to explore and enjoy.
The summer, with its many hours of daylight, is a great time for Yellowknifers to get out to enjoy the wonderful weather. Yellowknife, and the surrounding area, has many parks, campgrounds, hiking and walking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, and softball and fastball diamonds for residents to enjoy. And for the water enthusiasts, the choices are endless. Water-skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, boating, or just swimming at the local beach are very popular pastimes among local residents. Golfers can also rest easy with eighteen challenging holes offered at the Yellowknife Golf Club.
You can also enjoy some of the best fishing in the world right here on Great Slave Lake. Great Slave Lake is home to some of the largest fish in the world. You can do battle with king-sized lake trout, champion grayling, walleye, and fierce Northern pike.
As for the winter, it is anything but boring. During the winter months, residents can enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and ice fishing. And for the cross-country skiing enthusiast, there is a local ski club that offers many groomed ski trails. The winter is also the best time for aurora viewing. Residents can enjoy viewing nature’s biggest light show on many winter nights near Yellowknife.
STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING OLD TOWN PADDLE AND CO.
3506 Racine Road
NARWAL NORTHERN ADVENTURES- CULTURAL, BOATING AND SURVIVAL COURSES AND TOURS
4702 Anderson-Thomson Blvd
P.O. Box 11072
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, X1A 3X7
There are numerous indoor sport leagues and facilities available for your entertainment.
Facilities include several arenas and school gyms, an eight sheet curling rink, swimming pool, private squash club, bowling alley, and several fitness clubs. There is also the local library that has an extensive collection of books and videos and offers classes, scheduled activities and speakers.
There are many team sports you can join whether your interests are hockey, ringett, volleyball, softball/baseball, curling, bowling, basketball, or soccer. Most of the games are played with much fun and finesse.
YELLOWKNIFE GUILD OF ARTS AND CRAFTS
113 Kam Lake Road
Box 1946 Yellowknife, NT
On the cultural side, there is a three-screen movie theatre, a performing arts theatre, a heritage center and museum, and a variety of art galleries and shops. Music and art are both incredibly popular and there are many shows, plays, and exhibits taking place throughout the year. In addition, there are many fun-filled and uniquely Northern celebrations including Folk on the Rocks (a music festival that lasts all weekend), Festival of the Midnight Sun, and Caribou Carnival (the highlight being a dog derby with 150 miles of dog sledding)…just to name a few.
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ARTS EVENTS AND CLASSES
9th Floor Scotia Centre
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
There are a wide variety of clubs and organizations’ representing many different interests that you and/or your family members can join. There are book clubs, baby clubs, the Elks Club and Cadets, the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, and many more. The Yellowknifer newspaper lists the clubs and their activities several times monthly.
YELLOWKNIFE COMMUNITY GARDEN COLLECTIVE
PO Box 21
GREAT SLAVE SAILING CLUB
PO Box 1612
4908 – 49 Street, 1st Floor, Don Cooper Building
Yellowknife, NT X1A 3X7