The city is one of the best places in the region to see the Aurora Borealis, or the ‘Northern Lights’. The varying shades of green, red and orange will leave you with an unforgettable image. Try watching the spectacle from the Bush Pilot's Monument with its 360° view.
The mid-July ... More Folk on the Rocks Festival in a sandy lakeside amphitheatre and the Caribou Festival in the last week of March, are popular tourist attractions in Yellowknife.
Other must-visits include the 65-km Ingraham Trail, with its hiking trails, camping and boats on the lakes, and the Yellowknife Cultural Crossroads, which is a rock face bearing a traditionally-crafted drum and raven.
The city has a semi-arid sub artic climate, with an average temperature of 26°C. As it lies in the rain shadow of mountains in the west, it receives less than 300 mm of precipitation in a year. January and February are the coldest, snow-filled months with the thermometer settling at –40°C.
Yellowknife has a population ... More of nearly 20,000 people. It gets its name from the Yellowknives tribe that used to be widespread in the region. The city has a flourishing diamond and gold mining industry which has substantially contributed to its commercial revenue.
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