This is how Yellowknife looks at night.

How to celebrate 150th Canada Day (Yellowknife)

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How to celebrate 150th Canada Day (Yellowknife)


First of all, this is our 5th of 150 posts about 150th Canada Day celebrations in Yellowknife, NT.


Yellowknife is the capital and only city, as well as the largest community in the Northwest Territories, Canada. The city sits on the northern shore of Great Slave Lake. The name came after a local Dene Tribe once known as “Copper Indians” or “Yellowknife Indians”, referred to locally as the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.


Did you know, Northwest Territories have 11 official languages. Out of official 11 languages, five languages are used in a significant number in Yellowknife.




Another gem of Yellowknife.

This is Wild Cat Cafe in Yellowknife in its original building.





In Dogrib language, the city is known as “where the money is”.


Other facts


This city was found in 1934 after gold was found in the area. In 1936 the landscape quickly became the center of economic activity in the NWT. In 1967 they named the city capital of NWT.


As gold production began to wane, Yellowknife shifted from being a mining town to a center of Government services in the 1980s. In 1991 when they found diamonds there, this shift automatically reversed.


In 2011 the total population was 19,234 which included people from all cultures.


Night view of Northern Lights in Yellowknife

Northern Lights are a big hit in Yellowknife.



In 1937, the Wildcat Cafe opened their doors for the first time. During summer, this restaurant operates it its original building.


The Gold Range Bar is one of the oldest and most colorful drinking establishments in the NWT.


The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center is a museum containing exhibits of the history and culture of aboriginal and non-aboriginal Peoples of the NWT.


Near the POW Heritage Centre, the NWT legislative building houses the territory’s legislative assembly.


In addition to above, there are, The Northern Frontier Visitors center, The Northern Arts and Cultural Center and Sir John Franklin High School.



Yellowknife is famous for the Northern Lights.

Another view of Northern Lights in Yellowknife.



Planned celebrations for Canada Day


First here is the city information. For local Canada Day events read here.


In conclusion


Here we would like to say stay tuned for more posts about our Canada Day series. Please share with us any thoughts by leaving a comment.








Comments 12

  1. I’ve never been to Canada but would love to go! Your pictures are simply astounding – especially the image of the Northern Lights.

  2. What fabulous photos! I’ve always wanted to see The Northern Lights. How gorgeous. I wish I could visit this area.

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