Every year, family and multi-generational travellers discover that there is more to Canada’s Great White North than meets the eye. One of the cities that has exploded for winter travel is Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Families have become one of the top markets for Yellowknife experiences. Many make the winter journey to Yellowknife because it’s one of the best places in Canada to see the Northern Lights. But even a short visit to Yellowknife makes it easy to discover the wealth of outdoor activities in the city.
One of the best things about enjoying the outdoors in Yellowknife is winding down with its incredible selection of eclectic restaurants and breweries. Yellowknife has a booming culinary and arts scene that has helped transform this once industrial city into a world-class destination for winter tourism. Combine this with cool accommodations such as domed snow globes for Aurora watching, and you have one of the most incredible winter travel destinations in the world.
One of the best ways to experience northern Canada in the winter is by dog sled. Yellowknife is home to world-class mushers that run some of the most extreme dog sled races in the world, including the famed Iditarod from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. The Yellowknife dog sled routes are great for families. They're exciting enough to keep everyone engaged but easy enough that even young children can enjoy the experience.
Winter hiking is one of the most exciting family activities in Yellowknife. There are loads of great hiking trails both in the city and just a short drive outside. One of the most popular trails circles is the Prospectors loop trail that offers incredible views of the town. The Cameron Falls Trail offers the chance to hike along frozen waterfalls and flowing creeks, and it's become one of the most popular things to do in Yellowknife.
If you're worried about hiking through deep snow, there are alternatives. You can walk on top of the white stuff with a pair of snowshoes! Nearly all of the hiking trails around Yellowknife are just as popular as snowshoe trails as they are for winter hiking. Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to get in touch with the pure nature that engulfs Yellowknife. If you visit Yellowknife during the popular SnowKing Festival in February, you can even join in one of the fun snowshoe races.
Kite SkiingKevin Wagar
Those visiting Yellowknife with teenagers may be looking for something a little more adrenaline-filled. Thankfully, Yellowknife is also a hotbed for kite skiing enthusiasts. The massive Great Slave Lake offers the perfect surface to catch the wind. You can fly across the snow on either skis or snowboards while being pushed along by the power of the wind. Those visiting Yellowknife can rent kite skiing gear right in town.
Cross Country Skiing
One of the most popular family-friendly outdoor activities in Yellowknife is cross-country skiing. The landscape around Yellowknife is crisscrossed with an excellent network of trails. These trails will give you some of the best glimpses of the sub-arctic forests that blanket the Northwest Territories. And if you get bored of the trails, the frozen lakes and rivers make for limitless opportunity to create trails of your own.
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