FAQ's & Things To Do

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) we get asked at the front desk. If your question is not answered here, please contact us directly for more information.

Please note that for the telephone numbers noted below, the area code is "867".

Question: Does the hotel provide wireless high-speed internet connection?

 Answer: Yes, we have a wireless high-speed connection within the premises of the hotel.  Contact the front desk for access information.

Q. How far is the hotel from the airport?

A: It takes about 10 minutes to the airport.

Q. Do you provide complimentary shuttle service from the airport to the hotel and back?

A. Yes we do. No prior arrangement is necessary.  At the airport, watch for the shuttle bus with the Explorer Hotel logo on the side.  From the hotel, the shuttle departure schedule is located at the front desk.

Q. How far is downtown from the hotel?

A. It is less than a 5 minute walk to downtown from the hotel.

Q. Did Prince William and Princess Kate stay at the Explorer?

A. Yes they did.  The Explorer was the proud host of the couple during their Royal Visit in 2011.  The Explorer has also been a home away from home for Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II and several Canadian Prime Ministers and foreign heads of state.

Q. Do you have smoking rooms in the hotel?

A. No, unfortunately we do not offer smoking rooms in our hotel. We are proud to promote a 100% non smoking environment.

Q. Do you have wheelchair accessible guest rooms?

A. Yes we do. They are located on the second floor.

Q. Do you allow pets in the hotel rooms?

A. Yes, we allow pets in rooms on the second floor of our hotel. A CAD$20.00 daily charge is applicable to all guests with pets.

Q. Do you have an ATM and pop machines in the hotel?

A. An ATM machine and pop machines are available in the main lobby.

Q. Do you have standard rooms that have twin beds in them? Is there any price difference?

A. Standard rooms have either King or Queen (twin) beds for the same price.

Q. Do you provide cots/cribs in the room?

A. Yes we do, at no charge.

Q. Is the shuttle bus wheelchair accessible?

A. No it is not.

Q. Do you have wheelchair accessible guestrooms?

A.Yes, we do. However, they are only available on the smoking floor.

Q. How old is the hotel? When was the most recent renovation completed?

A.The hotel was built in 1975 and has been renovated several times since then.  We completed at 60 room addition in 2008.

Q. Is breakfast included in the hotel price?

A. No it is not included but we do offer continental breakfast buffet as well as meals from the menu.

Q. What are some of the near by restaurants?

A.  Along with the Trader's Grill and the Trapline Lounge located on the hotel property, please check with the front desk for other recommendations.

Q. Are your rooms equipped with kitchenettes?

A. No they are not, however we do offer fridges and microwaves in our junior suites.


From seeing the sites, to fishing, hunting and hiking there are no shortage of things to do in Yellowknife and the surrounding areas.

Aurora Borealis, Arctic Expeditions, Mountain Climbing & More

Yellowknife boasts a multitude of events and activities to ensure your visit is a fun-filled, learning experience. Below are a few of the tourist attractions you can visit and the activities you can look forward to from your home base at The Explorer Hotel.

  • Viewing spectacular Aurora Borealis, also known as the "Northern Lights",
  • Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis tours
  • Canadian Arctic Char fishing, Fly fishing
  • Arctic Expedition, Arctic Adventures
  • Canadian Subarctic Hunting, Subarctic Bear Hunting
  • Northwest Territories Caribou Hunts
  • Arctic Circle Tours
  • Cross country skiing
  • Mountain climbing, mountain climbing expeditions
  • Snowmobiling tours
  • Birding and bird watching
  • Dog sledding
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Photography
  • Hiking
  • Viewing wild flowers, tundra
  • Sea kayaking
  • Sailing on Great Slave Lake
  • boat trips northwest territories
  • Yellowknife harbour
  • Perusing art galleries featuring fabulous soapstone carvings, caribou antler carvings, walrus tusk ivory carvings
  • Walking trails around town
  • Capitol Theatre Yellowknife
  • Snow King Festival Yellowknife
  • Shopping at arts and craft stores for paintings, hand-sewn mitts, boots and clothing made from seal, bear, arctic fox, caribou or arctic hare
  • Government of Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly Building
  • Viewing performances of traditional native dancers and musicians
  • Northern "Night Life" in one of the local Yellowknife bars
  • Excursions to some of the smaller traditional arctic and aboriginal communities

Yellowknife is also the home of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre which is only a short walk from The Explorer Hotel.

For more ideas on things to do, check out:

NWT Tourism

WorldWeb Yellowknife Guide

The City of Yellowknife

Northern Frontier Visitors Centre

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre


Canadian North

First Air

Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce

Local Newspaper

Rotary Club of Yellowknife


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