Local City Tour
Advance Bookings – 867-445-8405 – email@example.com – Local Bookings – Can pay at time of tour.
Tours operated by Locals for a truly authentic experience. Our tour is approximately 4 to 5 hours long. Tours will be offered by English speaking guides. (Translators will be available at an additional cost). The shopping visits are limited to fully operated Northerners offering Northern product. Our tour is focused on learning as mush as possible about Yellowknife history and meeting locals when we can. Transportation is provided in a 16-passenger luxury coach, with a washroom on board. There are short walks in the snow and cold, so warm boots and clothing are recommended. We require a minimum of 6 guest to operate the tour.
Cost per person $79.00 plus GST / Children under 12 free accompanied by one paying guest.
10:00am – Hotel PU – Chateau Nova
We will begin our tour with a guided tour of the Legislative Assembly. Our Government house a grand building. You will learn about our non-partisan government.
Following the Legislative, we will make our way to the site of Giant Mine. Rich in history of Yellowknife’s gold mining days. There is an outdoor museum available to view (Currently a lot of the displays are covered in snow). The headframe has been removed and the actual Giant Mine site is off limits due to remediation. We will provide history on board. We will continue and make a quick stop at YKEA and look for local treasures.
Next, we make our way to Buffalo Airway’s home of Ice Pilots. We will visit the hangar filled with vintage aircraft. Buffalo Joe is the owner of the largest DC 3’s and DC 4‘s in North America. These are propeller operated WW2 legendary aircraft. The McBryan family (owners) are an iconic family to the Northwest Territories.
We will return to the downtown core travelling on Franklin Avenue. We will pass the box stores, some of our major facilities. We will make a stop at the NWT Diamond Center which purchases diamonds from two of our local mines.
We will the make our way to The Old Town / Latham Island and N’dilo. Travelling through suburban parts of the City and the downtown core.
We will first visit Down to Earth Gallery, Ragged Ass Road. Then proceed to the Great Frozen Great Slave Lake.
Great Slave Lake is located in the Northwest Territories. It is the second largest lake entirely within Canadian borders, the fifth largest in North America, and the tenth largest in the world
Here we will venture our way on the lake with a visit with some local friends. Locations will vary. They will be unique, off the grid, filled with northern talents and stories. We will get a close up our local houseboats and a visit at the Snow Castle.
N’Dilo -is a First Nations community. The small Dene community is located tip of Latham Island. It has a population of approximately 200 people. Ndilo and Dettah are the communities of the Yellowknives. Ndilo is represented by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (Ndilo) and are part of the Akaitcho Territory Government. The land was set aside for use by “status Indians” by the Government of Canada in 1947 and was called ‘Lot 500’ on the official register. In 1959, the government built the first ten permanent houses for Dene families. They were colourful homes and so people began referring to the community as ‘Rainbow Valley’. In the 1970s there were 200 residents living in 20 houses. The name was officially changed to N’dilo in 1991, which means “end of the island” in the local Dene dialect.
We will continue with our next stop at Yellowknife’s first bank (Bank of Toronto) a privately owned today. Photo stop at the Wildcat Café (open seasonally) followed by a stop at Bush Pilot’s monument. Yellowknife’s most popular lookout rises above Old Town, providing a stupendous view over Great Slave Lake, Back Bay and the northern reaches of the city. The monument is high up on “The Rock,” and is accessed via a winding staircase to the top. It is dedicated to the bush pilots and engineers whose lives were lost as they flew the wilderness skies of the Northwest Territories. The monument also serves a practical purpose: When the light atop the tower is flashing, residents and visitors are warned that floatplanes or ski planes are active on nearby Yellowknife Bay.
Next Weaver and Devore Yellowknife’s first Trading Store / Just Furs / and a local carver’s shop.
+++ During the month of March a visit to the Snow King Castle will be included.
+++ Option Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre can be a drop off following the tour if time permits.
The Dene people – are an aboriginal group of First Nations who inhabit the northern boreal and Arctic regions of Canada. The Dene speak Northern Athabaskan languages. Dene is the common Athabaskan word for “people”. The term “Dene” has two usages. More commonly, it is used narrowly to refer to the Athabaskan speakers of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in Canada, especially including the Chipewyan (Denesuline), Tlicho (Dogrib), Yellowknives (T’atsaot’ine), Slavey (Deh Gah Got’ine or Deh Cho), and Sahtu.
Yellowknife – 2016 population: 19,569 is the capital and only city, as well as the largest community, in the Northwest Territories. It is located on the northern shore of Great Slave Lake, approximately 400 km (250 mi) south of the Arctic Circle, on the west side of Yellowknife Bay near the outlet of the Yellowknife River. Yellowknife and its surrounding water bodies were named after a local Dene tribe once known as the ‘Copper Indians’ or ‘Yellowknife Indians’, referred to locally as the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, who traded tools made from copper deposits near the Arctic Coast. The current population is ethnically mixed. Of the eleven official languages of the Northwest Territories, five are spoken in significant numbers in Yellowknife: Dene Suline, Dogrib, South and North Slavey, English, and French. In the Dogrib language, the city is known as Sǫ̀mbak’è (Som-ba Kay) (“where the money is”).
The Yellowknife settlement is considered to have been founded in 1934, after gold was found in the area, although commercial activity in the present-day waterfront area did not begin until 1936. Yellowknife quickly became the centre of economic activity in the NWT, and was named the capital of the Northwest Territories in 1967. As gold production began to wane, Yellowknife shifted from being a mining town to a centre of government services in the 1980s. However, with the discovery of diamonds north of Yellowknife in 1991 this shift has begun to reverse