Practical Information

Important Information

Time Zone: The Northwest Territories is in the Mountain Time Zone.

Electrical current: Outlets and voltage are 110 volts and the frequency of electrical current is 60 Hz. For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances.

For RCMP, dial (867) 669-1111;
For hospital, dial (867) 669-4111;
For walk-in clinic, contact the Yellowknife Primary Care Centre by 8:15 a.m. at (867) 920-7777.

Pharmacies: Available pharmacies include Shopper’s Drug Mart, Sutherland’s and Walmart.

Banks: There are four banks in Yellowknife.
CIBC: M-F 9:30 am-5 pm; S: 9:30 am-4 pm
TD: M-W: 9am -5 pm; T-F: 9 am-6 pm; S: 9 am-3 pm
Scotia Bank: M-W: 9:30 am-4:30 pm; T-F: 9:30 am-6 pm
Bank of Montreal: M-T: 9:30 am-4 pm
Three are located in the centre of town. BMO is located near Walmart.
You will also find ATMs located throughout downtown to withdraw cash. The currency used is the Canadian Dollar.

Visiting Yellowknife

Tourist information: The Visitor Centre is located near the hotel. It is open daily, 7:30 am – 7 pm. There you can get information, tips and details that are useful during your stay in Yellowknife and surrounding areas.

Shopping: Most shops in Yellowknife are located either in the town centre or at the Centre Ice Plaza mall.
Business hours: Shops are usually open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shops (except food stores and convenience store) are closed on Sundays.

Going out in Yellowknife

Restaurants: Fine dining, casual or family friendly restaurants are easily accessible throughout Yellowknife. Alcoholic beverages in bottles are sold in liquor stores. Minors (anyone under 19 years of age) are not admitted into bars. Visitors should be advised that the standard tip in most restaurants is 15 per cent.

You can click on the list below to find out more about the foods and establishments available in Yellowknife:
Thornton’s Wine & Tapas Room
The Trader’s Grill
Bullock’s Bistro
Dancing Moose Cafe
Sushi North
Taste of Saigon
L’Attitudes Restaurant and Bistro
Coyotes Bar and Grill

Coffee shops:
Luluz Market

The Black Knight Pub
Trapeline Lounge
The Gold Range
The Raven’s Pub

Other tips

Language: Canada has two official languages: English and French. The Northwest Territories has 11 official languages: English, French, Inuktitut (Inuit), Inuvialuktun (Inuvialuit), Inuinnaqtun (Inuit), Gwich’in (Dene), North Slavey (Dene), South Slavey (Dene), Tlicho (Dene), Chipewyan (Dene), Cree (Algonquin).

Holidays: Monday, November 11 is considered a holiday (Remembrance Day). Generally, banks and some businesses remain closed. Theatres, restaurants and corner grocery stores may remain open for business as usual.

Newspapers: People stay informed through a variety of daily newspapers printed or online. The local newspapers are the Northern Journal, Yellowknifer and NewsNorth. The local indigenous radio is CKLB, along with CBC North. You can also view online daily news online via the Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, National Post, etc.