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Downtown Yellowknife
Yellowknife, The Northwest Territories

It was surprising for me to discover a genuine small city after driving so far through mostly uninhabited boreal forest. Yellowknife is only about 250 miles (400 km) south of the Arctic Circle.

Yellowknife owes its origin to gold mining, but now depends primarily on diamonds and government offices. With its tall buildings and full range of services it feels like a city, not just a frontier outpost. Being built primarily on solid rock outcrops it is mostly free of the mud, gravel, and mosquitoes so characteristic of far northern settlements.


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Visitor Center in Yellowknife

Visitor Center in Yellowknife

The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre on a small lake at the edge of downtown Yellowknife.

Yellowknife, The Northwest Territories

Date photographed: September 4, 2016

High rise buildings in downtown Yellowknife

High rise buildings in downtown Yellowknife

Moderate high-rises line Franklin Avenue and adjacent streets in downtown Yellowknife. Diavik Diamond Mine is one of the key businesses in the NWT's modern economy.

Yellowknife, The Northwest Territories

Date photographed: September 4, 2016

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