in the summer
Air North is the Official Airline Sponsor of the 2023 NWT Culinary Festival. Yellowknife Airport (YZF) is located five kilometres west of the city along Highway 3. It is the hub of air travel in the Northwest Territories.
A number of regional and national airlines offer daily and weekly flights. There is a free Shuttle bus service to all major hotels otherwise taxis are on standby at the curb when planes arrive.
You can access the Mackenzie Highway (NWT Highway 1) via Alberta’s Highway 35 or British Columbia’s Highway 77 and from there take the Liard Highway (NWT Highway 7). From Edmonton, Alberta the driving distance is approximately 1,500 km which is about 20 hours of driving.
There are some gas stations along the way but it is advised to fill up at every opportunity. You are likely to encounter wildlife, especially bison, along the drive once you are past the Alberta/NWT border. A Visitors Information Centre at the NWT border may convince you to take some side trips on to amazing parks, waterfalls and other scenic distractions on your way to Yellowknife.
You can pretty much walk anywhere or use the city bus service. Adult fare is $3.00. In the city and at the airport you find car rental firms and taxis.
Or, you can rent a bike from Old Town Glassworks, Overlander Sports, or Borealis Bike Tours. You can also rent kayaks and water bikes while in town.