Best Festivals to attend

While staying in Yellowknife

WINTER

"Be careful if you want to go on the iced lake! Under no circumstances should you go onto the ice before December without a life jacket, and even then, it's not entirely safe. Some areas around Yellowknife Bay have currents and thin spots, even when the ice seems stable, it might not be. Always stay alert and take necessary precautions to stay safe while exploring the area."

This month-long festival is ideal if you want to enjoy the outdoors! This castle of snow is each year made directly on Great Slave Lake and is unique and grows bigger each time.

This event is great if you want to take part in the ambience of the community!  There is a children’s play aera with ice slides, art displays, music, you can also dance in the dance-club-transformed parts of the castle. There are so many activities that it can fit everybody’s needs! You can also watch theater and assist a film festival. 

Have some fun and also get to see the auroras in this snow and ice made castle! This place is really welcoming and celebrates culture, diversity and winter play.

  • On Yellowknife Bay
  • Celebrated its 28th Year in 2023 
  • Opened usually from the end of February until the end of March
  • Closed on Mondays 
  • There are admission fees 
  • Dogs are not allowed inside the castle
  • You can head to the castle by bus, taxi, car, bike, ski…
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Aurora Bayside Inn

We advise you to stay in this property to view the Northern Lights while being on the shore of Great Slave Lake, overlooking Yellowknife Bay.  It also is a short walk away from Pilots Monument, where a great panorama of the city can be enjoyed!

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The first mode of transportation people used, way before planes and snowmobiles, was dog sledding! The festival is a reminder of this ancient way of moving in the north. 

The event is held over 3 days in the end of March or the start of April. The race is made of 50 miles per day!

  • On Yellowknife Bay, near the Snowking Castle, the houseboats and teh Dettah Ice road
  • 3-day event
  • 2-dog, 4-dog, 6-dog and 10-dog races 

SUMMER

This music festival set in a natural amphitheatre is taking place mid-July. It serves as a launching pad for up-and-coming artists!

They make sure to reflect the hospitality of the north. The programming is 35 hours long and there are five stages of live music, a children area and a beer garden, as well as some different types of cuisine.

Neighbourly North’s Yellowknife team loves this event and finds it very fun!

  • Mid-July
  • 35-hours long 
  • 5 stages of live music 
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The Cavo Retreat

We advise you to stay in this property located from which you can see the lake! It will allow you to experience Yellowknife by foot as it is only 7-10 minutes from downtown. 

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“After spending a year studying in Sherbrooke, Quebec, I got a great change of scenery coming to the Yukon. I love it here, the nature is incredible and the people are lovely! Working at Neighbourly North is a real opportunity and a fun experience for me. Being used to travelling and using short-term rentals, I am more than motivated to spend my time here being as useful as possible. So far, my experience has been incredibly enriching.”

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