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Why We Live Here


As Yellowknifers, we know and love so many aspects of life in Yellowknife, especially the great outdoors. Here at the City, we want to promote the many outdoor events and activities available to Yellowknifers, discover and support the passions of our residents, and encourage everyone to get outside to enjoy this winter season! To do this, we bring you Why We Live Here.

Why We Live Here is a campaign dedicated to outdoor events and activities put on or supported by the City and various community groups. Particularly in these COVID times, the City encourages Yellowknifers to participate in one of the many events, to get back to an old hobby, or to try something completely new, all in a COVID compliant context in the great outdoors. Explore the activities below to find out what’s on offer in your back yard!

If this campaign inspires you, or if you want to help encourage others, we want to hear from you too! For a chance to be featured in this campaign, tag @OurYellowknife on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with a picture of you doing the things you love, with #WhyWeLiveHere.

The City’s Somba K'e Ice Rinks and Skating Oval are officially open and we’re pleased to see so many Yellowknifers out enjoying themselves. The City maintains several outdoor rinks, to allow Yellowknifers to get outdoors and skate with their family and friends. We also appreciate the efforts of the many Yellowknifers who worked hard to create and maintain their own neighbourhood rinks, trails and ski tracks around the City. Ask your neighbours where your closest outdoor skating space is, or visit for all the City maintained rinks!

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Photography: billbradenphotoSomba K'e Ice Rink and Skating Oval

To kick off this campaign, we said thank you to all who came out to enjoy the lights and celebrate the New Year in a safe and physically distanced way, and to everyone who got in touch to say they enjoyed the show. Although 2020 was a tough year, we were thrilled to be able to continue this tradition with all of you.

The Fireworks display is just one of the City’s many events; we always have something in the works. Looking for your next event? Visit

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Photography: billbradenphoto, City of Yellowknife Fireworks 2018

Look out for more Why We Live Here campaigns, coming soon, that will explore the many outdoor events and activities available to Yellowknifers, and encourage everyone to get outside to enjoy this winter season!

Coming Soon…

  • City Parks and Trails
  • Yelowknife Mountain Bike Club
  • Yellowknife Running Group

Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours effective following the Victoria Day Weekend
until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Administrator - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
Municipal Enforcement (MED) - (867) 920-5630
After Hours (MED) - (867) 920-2737
After Hours (Public Works) - (867) 920-5699