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FAQs and Things To Do

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a number of questions we frequently have inquiries about at our front desk.  If your question is not answered here, please contact us directly.

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 travel to the airport from the hotel.

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

A. We have shuttle service for all regular flights arriving at the Yellowknife airport before midnight.

Q. How far is downtown from the hotel?

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

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 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 cribs in the room?

A. Yes we do, at no charge.

Q. Is the shuttle bus wheelchair accessible?

A. Unfortunately, no.

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. Breakfast is not included, but we do offer continental breakfast buffet as well as meals from the menu.

Q. What are some of the nearby restaurants?

A.  The Trader's Grill and the Trapline Lounge are conveniently located on the hotel property.  For other recommendations, please check with the front desk.

Q. Are your rooms equipped with kitchenettes?

A. Kitchenettes are not available; however all rooms are equipped with a fridge and microwave.


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
  • Sea kayaking
  • Sailing on Great Slave Lake
  • Boat trips 
  • Yellowknife harbour
  • Perusing art galleries featuring fabulous soapstone, caribou antler and 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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