With a population just over 20,000 people, Yellowknife is both the capital and only city in the Northwest Territories. Yellowknife sits on the North shore of Great Slave Lake and is the hub for much of the territory. The city is often referred to as the gateway to the North as it is the first stop for airlines arriving north from larger Canadian cities like Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Vancouver. With the 2012 completion of the Deh Cho Bridge, Yellowknife as well as Behchokǫ̀ and Fort Providence are connected to the rest of Canada year round by road.
Yellowknife provides residents with many of the same amenities found in larger southern cities including a handful of big box stores and locally bred and inspired family-run businesses. Yellowknife also has three ice pads, two indoor soccer pitches, a curling club, community pool, indoor climbing wall and running track, a vibrant arts scene, and a community movie theatre with three big screens. Although Yellowknife is tucked away in northern Canada, it has a diverse culinary scene.
There are plenty of extracurricular activities for a wide variety of interests and the City of Yellowknife publishes a Recreation Guide outlining the programs organized by the city's municipal government.
Yellowknife currently has eight elementary schools and two high schools with services offered in French, French Immersion and English for students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. An Aurora College campus is located in the city providing continuing education opportunities.
Yellowknife is a welcoming community with an abundance of fresh air, vibrant arts and culture scene, and a variety of activities to keep families active, healthy and involved year round.