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.
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 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.
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).
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).
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…)
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.