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Our days here are quickly coming to an end, but before we go I thought I’d sum up the highlights of this city with a list of our favorite things.

Favorite Breakfast/Brunch

The Dancing Moose Cafe is our most favorite weekend brunch spot, where we can find a table looking out on the lake shore at Old Town and the best eggs benedict I’ve ever had. It’s also got wonderful burgers and bison poutine for the lunch crowd.the dancing moose cafe

The Explorer Hotel restaurant has great breakfast every day, and a ridiculous spread at their Sunday Brunch – we’re talking crab legs, roasted ham, an enormous dessert table… it’s almost too much. The breakfast is a better deal! Plus, this hotel lobby is home to a polar bear, and the restaurant features a copper topped crackling fire place for cozy winter ambiance.yellowknife explorer hotel breakfast

Although you don’t expect it from it’s dingy yellow front, The Gold Range Bistro is the most unexpectedly good breakfast place with classic diner fare. (Also the best bang for your buck in this expensive city).yellowknife gold range bistro

Favorite Bar

Stepping into The Black Knight Pub right in the center of Yellowknife is like stepping into any Irish/Scottish bar anywhere in the world – wonderful. With traditional pub fare (and curry on Thursdays), live music on Saturdays, and darts, we spent more than our fair share of time here!

Favorite Indoor Activities

The Yellowknife Visitor’s Center is small but full with a gift shop, travel information, and museum style displays that make it a nice introduction to the city.

And after that, exploring the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre is the perfect way to spend a few hours. The museum has lots of animal habitat exhibits, history of mining, sled travel, northern aviation, and a beautiful big moose hide canoe among other rotating exhibits.

Favorite Outdoor Activities

Cross country skiing at the Yellowknife Ski Club.

Viewing the aurora from the Dettah ice road or from the Ingram Trail (Highway 4).Northern Lights in Yellowknife

Ice skating on Frame Lake. yellowknife frame lake skating

Favorite Month – MARCH

While it’s definitely still winter weather through this spring month and aurora viewing remains in its prime, March brought so many long days of sunshine and events that it is decidedly our favorite month in Yellowknife (although we won’t see what the summer months are like…)

The SnowKing Festival lasts the whole month! I wrote about the Royal Rave here, but we also attended art exhibits, hockey games, craft fairs, and the Royal Ball.

Alongside the Snowking Festival, DeBeers sponsors another ice event during the last weekend of March: the Long John Jamboree. Host to food tents and several events over the weekend (including snow beach volleyball and a beard & leg hair growing contest), the crowning jewel of the jamboree is the Inspired Ice carving contest.

 

 

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  1. Eliana says: Reply

    Hi,

    How did you do the ice skating? Is there a place where I can rent the equipment?

    Thanks!

    1. Unfortunately we couldn’t find anywhere in town to rent skates! We ended up buying a pair from Overlander Sports in the downtown area of Yellowknife.

      1. Eliana says: Reply

        I see, thanks for the reply!
        Can I ask 2 more things?
        I decided to rent a car instead of booking an aurora tour. I saw that you went to Dettah ice road and the Ingram Trail to look for aurora. How was your experience? Was it ok to wait for the aurora in the car?

        And about the cross country ski, did you think it was hard? Because I’m going with my parents, and they never skied, so I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to take them there.

        Thanks again!

      2. Eliana says: Reply

        I see, thanks for the reply!
        Can I ask 2 more things?
        I decided to rent a car instead of booking an aurora tour. I saw that you went to Dettah ice road and the Ingram Trail to look for aurora. How was your experience? Was it ok to wait for the aurora in the car?

        And about the cross country ski, did you think it was hard? Because I’m going with my parents, and they never skied, so I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to take them there.

        Thanks again!

        1. Before we went Aurora hunting we checked the sky on AuroraMax webcam. It’s live every night http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronomy/auroramax/ and using that we could see if it was an active aurora night worth venturing out to see! My parents visited in March and we watched the webcam for a few nights in a row before we had much luck, but once we did venture out it was perfect to just have our own vehicle to go wherever. The Dettah Ice Road has lots of city light in the background, so Ingram Trail further out of town was probably better for photographs, but the ice road was closer to our apartment and it’s just awesome to be on the lake regardless. Since it does get SO COLD, it’s good to be prepared with hot drinks, hand warmers, extra clothes, and blankets if you’ll be waiting in the car, and to not drive too far out of town or be out for too long. It was great to check the web cams so we could just cruise out when we knew the aurora was visible, rather than waiting in the cold car!

          The cross country skiing should be easy for everyone. We went with our South African friends who’d never skied before and they had fun. There are a couple steep spots, but for the most part it’s flat groomed trail through the forest.

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