The City of Yellowknife's Visitor's Guide is an excellent resource for planning your trip to the capital of the NWT. You can access the guide here.
CES participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from Sǫ̀mba K’è (Yellowknife). You can reach Yellowknife direct from Calgary with Air Canada or WestJet. If you are attending the CES Conference in Calgary, we have scheduled a travel day on Wednesday, May 30th.
You can also reach Sǫ̀mba K’è (Yellowknife) from any major city in North America by connecting through Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta; Vancouver, BC; Ottawa, Ontario; or Whitehorse, YT. Air Canada offers direct service to Yellowknife from Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver. Canadian North and First Air offer direct service to Yellowknife from Edmonton. WestJet offers service from Calgary and Edmonton. Air North offer direct service to Yellowknife from Ottawa and Whitehorse.
A block of rooms has been reserved for conference participants at the Chateau Nova Hotel. The conference rate is $159/night + GST. To reserve, call 1-866-722-6682 and use reservation code 3615228 under Canadian Evaluation Society AB/NWT Chapter.
Yellowknife has a wide range of visitor accommodation, including deluxe hotels, smaller motels, bed & breakfasts, and camping. A list of registered accommodations is available here. Fred Henne Campground opens on May 11. You can make reservations at the campground as of mid-April here. There are also a number of Airbnb properties in Yellowknife. You can search them here.
Yellowknife is very walkable, and most accommodations, restaurants, and sights are within a 5-20 minute walk of each other. You can download a map of Yellowknife here.
Airport Shuttle: The Chateau Nova has a free airport shuttle. The schedule coincides with the arrival and departure of major carriers. A number of other centrally-located hotels, including the Explorer Hotel, Quality Inn, Days Inn, and Capital Suites, have a free shared shuttle service.
Taxi: There are two main taxi companies in Yellowknife: City Cab (867.873.4444) and Aurora Taxi (867.873.5050). Taxis from the airport to downtown are around $15-$17. Add $5-10 for destinations in Old Town.
Car Rental: Yellowknife is serviced by three national car rental companies: National, Budget, and Hertz.
Bus: Information about local transit routes, schedules, and fares is available here.
Food and Drink
Yellowknife has an eclectic mix of dining options from cafés and pubs to food trucks and restaurants. A few of our favourites include:
BIRCHWOOD COFFEE KÓ: Some of the city’s best coffee, perfect companion to homemade cinnamon buns or a Bannock ‘N Egger. 5021 49th Street (Downtown).
BULLOCKS BISTRO: An Old Town must. Heaping portions of local fish or wild game that you’ll be talking about for months. 3534 Weaver Drive. (Old Town).
THE BLACK KNIGHT PUB: A popular after-work watering hole, this Scottish pub offers hearty pub fare, daily specials (Greek Knight, Wings Knight, etc.) and a large selection of beer on tap. 4910 49th Street (Downtown).
THE FAT FOX: A cozy, comfortable café with yummy curries and delicious espresso drinks. Also serves a proper English cream tea. 5008 50th Street (Downtown).
GOLD RANGE BISTRO: A local favourite for its hearty breakfast and sassy servers. Western and Chinese dishes are served up in this classic diner-styled eatery. 5010 50th Street (Downtown).
MUSEUM CAFÉ: Café fare (the catch of the day is popular) with a Northern touch, served up in a sunlit room on the second level of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Open for weekday lunches only. 4750 48th Street (Downtown).
THE WOODYARD: Yellowknife’s very own brew pub. This popular Old Town establishment offers hearty meals and made-in-the-NWT suds. 3905 Franklin Avenue (Old Town).
ZEHABESHA: This downtown spot offers richly flavoured traditional Ethiopian food (vegetarian and non-vegetarian offerings), along with some western items. 5004 51st Avenue (Downtown).