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Life in Yellowknife

Yellowknife is the capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories, and its largest city, with a population of about 19,000. Yellowknife is located on the northern shore of Great Slave Lake, just 400 kilometres (250 miles) south of the Arctic Circle and about 960 kilometres (600 miles) north of Edmonton, Alberta, the nearest large southern city.

The community got its start in the mid-1930s, following the discovery of gold, although by the 1980s the emphasis had started to switch to government services. The 1991 discovery of diamonds at Ekati, north of Yellowknife restored something of the community’s mining town atmosphere.

Today, the diamond capital of North America is internationally recognized for its clean air, fresh water, northern lights and sunny days – a platform for an energized lifestyle.

Yellowknife offers a comprehensive education system, as well as an extensive range of sports and recreation facilities, services for seniors, and more than 100 service and cultural associations.