As the gateway to the North, Yellowknife offers a number of options for travel from within Canada and around the world. The main access to Yellowknife is by air, with secondary access via an all-weather road which connects the Northwest Territories to the province of Alberta.
The Yellowknife airport is a full-service, customer-friendly facility that supports commercial, corporate and general aviation. Handling hundreds of flights each month the airport is the hub for connecting flights to and from southern Canada and flights from the many small NWT communities. Air Canada, WestJet, Canadian North, and First Air offer a number of convenient flight options to Yellowknife from Alberta, with Air Canada having additional direct flight options from Vancouver. Some direct flights are available from both Whitehorse and Ottawa through Air North.
From Edmonton, Alberta, it’s a 16-hour drive north along the Frontier Trail, Mackenzie Highway and Yellowknife Highway through 1,500 km of forest and wilderness. As you travel northward, there may be opportunities to spot bears, bison and other wildlife along the road corridor, particularly in the more remote northern regions.
Travellers should plan their drive carefully and become familiar with accommodation options, food and fuel stop locations, and current road conditions. The logos below provide web links to road information for the Northwest Territories and Alberta.