Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Campgrounds and RV Parks

  1. Cecil Thompson Park
  2. Rendez Vous RV Park
  3. Figure Eight Lake Provincial Recreation Area
  4. Alberta Ave. RV Park
  5. Queen Elizabeth Provincial Park
  6. Harmon Valley Park
  7. Grimshaw Elks RV Park
  8. Strong Creek Park
  9. Engstrom Lake Prov Rec Area
  10. Tangent Park
  11. Nampa Municipal Campground
  12. Cummings Lake Recreational Area
  13. Fairview RV Park & Storage Ltd.
  14. Crow Lake Provincial Park
  15. Heart River Dam Campground
  16. Kimiwan Lake Municipal Campground
  17. Dunvegan Provincial Park
  18. Falher Municipal Campground
  19. Winagami Lake Provincial Park
  20. Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Pk - Martin Mountain

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

The extremes of stern beauty and harsh weather are represented in the Northwest Territories capital of Yellowknife, a city of 20,000 or so, situated on the northern shore of the vast Great Slave Lake. The presence of this large body of water has a moderating effect on the subarctic climate, providing a longer growing period than might otherwise be expected so far north. It is a city whose fortunes are largely linked to the discovery and resultant development of its natural resources, as is the case with many of the northern communities. The name originates with the Dene tribe, the Yellowknives.

Although some recognition came with the gold rush of the 1890s, the size of the NT strike coupled with its remoteness rendered the discovery unimportant in the context of the nearby Yukon rush. However, several other gold strikes in the first fifty years of the 20th century helped make its fortunes. Rapid growth resulted in decisions which raised troubles between the Canadian Government Northern Affairs department and the indigenous peoples.

The year 1991 marked the discovery of diamond deposits in the Yellowknife area. Coupled with expansion in natural gas development and exploration, this occurrence marked the beginning of a strong upswing in the economy.

Locals embrace the winter snow and cold and enjoy the activities associated with them. Visitors can rent parkas to allow them to partake like the natives, or, if they prefer, stick to the indoors, or strike a balance in a hot tub at a lodge. Tourism is a major contributor to the well-being of the province as a whole, indicating that, whatever the mix of adventures that await, people like to explore this remote, culturally rich and diverse destination.

  • Folk on the Rocks music festival
  • Midnight Gold Tournament
  • Snowking Winter Festival
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, historical and cultural exhibits
  • world's best location for viewing aurora borealis, the northern lights, September through April
  • Caribou Carnival, skidoo and dog sled races
  • Canadian Championship Dog Derby
  • Raven Mad Daze, on the longest day of the year at summer solstice
  • Yellowknife Cultural Crossroads sculpture
  • Frame Lake Walking Trail
  • wildlife viewing
  • dog-sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling
  • fishing, hiking, picnicking, boating on Ingraham Trail

Camping in Northwest Territories

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