Old Yellowknife Self-Guided Tour

Located north of the 60th parallel and only 500km from the Arctic Circle, Yellowknife is the last frontier town, built up in the wake of gold rush fever. It is situated on the traditional lands of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, formerly known as Somba K’e, which means ‘where the money is.’ 


This multimedia tour will help you discover the oldest part of the City of Yellowknife. The tour will introduce you to many historic buildings. As if the walls could talk and leap forward in time, you will learn about the little-known aspects of the history of the town and its inhabitants.

Log cabins, works of art and historic mining buildings come together along the tour, serving as a backdrop for the different stories. You will learn about larger-than-life characters. Whether they are trappers, bush pilots, geologists, miners, journalists, prospectors or courageous adventurers, these men and women made our city a unique place, where everyone can carve out a place. You will learn all about their stories and experience the atmosphere that prevailed in days gone by.

Nowadays, Yellowknife has become the diamond capital of North America and home to the Aurora Borealis. Located on the shores of Great Slave Lake, it continues to attract and seduce adventurers from around the globe.


This self-guided tour is accessible on BaladoDiscovery online (streaming) or offline (without Internet on the ground, cell phone in hand) with the preloaded mobile app.


We would like to thank the City of Yellowknife Heritage Committee; Ryan Silke, historian and content editor; Claude Hamel, researcher and writer; Annie Bouchard, voice over; Éric G. Langlois, voice over; Julie Miller, voice over; Nelson Gonyer, voice over; Gordon Cruise McBride, translator; Suzanne Lefebvre, translator; Cynthia Blais Despaty, translator; Anthony Ferri, Planner, City of Yellowknife; Robin Weber, Archival Technician, NWT Archives; Gérald Gilbert, Producer-coordinator and mixing; William Tremblay, sound recording; Jocelyne Roy, music research; David Hamel, mixing; Charles Nadeau, Sound Track Pro, special effects and music; computer graphics technician, Focus.Films, recording studio, Marie-Ève Duperré, Project officer and content contributor for the CDETNO; Anne-Christine Boudreau, executive director of the CDETNO. Produced by the CDETNO in collaboration with the City of Yellowknife.