One of the things I enjoyed most about walking around downtown Yellowknife was the murals and paintings you will discover on the sides of otherwise regular looking and bland buildings.
Here is a picture of one!
The Yellowknnife City Hall is also along the Frame Lake Trail Network. The grounds around this building are beautiful and if you plan to do business in Yellowknife you may want to get acqainted with this building and the web site link that I have provided.
All the best!
City of Yellowknife
Favorite thing: Along the Frame Trail Network you will pass by the Department of National Defence northern headquarters and the UN monument is out front of the building so it makes for an interesting point of interest.
Down in the Old Town part of Yellowknife there is a public boat lauch as seen here in this picture. There is a sign right next to it that said:
Facility for launching and retrieval of boats only.
Boats may be moored only while parking or unloading trailer.
Parking for vehicles with boat trailers is on the lot on the corner of School Draw and Franklin Avenue.
Boats must yield to float planes in channel.
5 m per hour speed limit in lauch area and channel.
Channel 16 is for emergencies only.
No swimming in launch area.
The City of Yellowknife is not confined to teh mainland alone. In the 1940s as much activity occurred on nearby islands as on the shore. A two minute canoe ride would take you across teh narrow channel to Jolliffe Island, formerly occupied by houses, a general store, a umber yard and the Imperial Oil tank farm which stored Yellowknife's supply of heating oil and gas.
The island is named for Dr. A.W. Fred Jolliffe, a geologist who worked for teh Geological Survey of Canada from 1928 to 1945. In 1935 he mapped gold deposits in the Yellowknife area which later led to the development of the 'Con' Mine.
Source: Interpretation at the Pilot's Monument as you look down on the island.
Yellowknife has a very modern and great building called the Multi-Plex. It is a great place for conferences and there is one conference I recommend if you are trying to do business in the Canadian North.
It is called Prospects North at www.prospectsnorth.com. This is a great show with lots of speakers, booths, and culture events.
Fondest memory: One of my fondest memories of Yellowknife was meeting and drinking Tequila with Damien, a cute little 19 year old bartender from Calgary. We got to the Gallery Bar sort of early and starting chatting with the bartender, Damien. She was from Calgary and was only bartendering up in Yellowknife for the summer months. After sucking down a few beers, we started breaking into the Tequila and that's when Damien joined in...an absolute blast...
Fondest memory: Seeing the Northern Lights... The second night in Yellowknife, BGK and I were fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights dancing across the sky. As I understand it, this was somewhat unusual in August...but there they were. We just sat there on this hilltop outside our hotel staring into the sky, it was too cool... Something this boy from Indiana never thought he would see with his own eyes. Seeing the Northern Lights made the trip to Yellowknife worth it, all alone... Unfortunately, I could not tear myself away from looking at them long enough to go into the hotel to get my camera and tripod, which is just as well as they were gone within 30 minutes and merely seeing the Northern Lights with my own eyes was good enough.
Favorite thing: Fly in a bush plane. Float or ski. Get out of town and see the MacKenzie valley from the air - global warming is a reality. You can see how the lakes that have no stream to fill them have shrunk by looking at the decreasing height of vegetation and marsh then wet sand etc in concentric decreasing bands that get wider every year as the lake shrinks.
Favorite thing: Along the Frame Lake Trail Network you will also see this totem pole in front of the municipality buidlings. There are signs of the aboriginal culture of the territories everywhere in Yellowknife.
Favorite thing: The best views of the city and the surrounding areas is from the Pilot's monument. Go there for the history, old town and the views!