Health Facilities

Yellowknife is the centre of health care delivery for the Northwest Territories meaning it contains a variety of medical and dental services. Among these is a mid sized hospital with operating and x-ray facilities (Stanton Territorial Hospital) and a couple of smaller walk-in clinics, one located in the downtown core and the other located in the Frame Lake area of the city. Pharmacies are also located throughout the city and can be identified by the universal Rx symbol  Extensive medical testing such as MRI's and certain specialist evaluations require travel to Edmonton, Alberta - which is a 1 hour and 40 minute flight south. Dentists are also plentiful, such as the Adam Dental Clinic, which also offers dental surgery if necessary, meaning travel to a larger centre is not necessary for severe root canals, and orthodontic procedures.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition which requires prescription medicine, please note foreign prescription will not be honoured by local pharmacies and you must obtain one from a local doctor. It's a good idea to have medical insurance to cover the cost of the visit and also carry the information of your family doctor if verification is required by a local physician.

Mosquitos & Wildlife

As a city surrounded by wilderness it is not surprising that Yellowknife has a significant issue with mosquitoes, black flies and other flying pests, especially in the summer months. It is advisable to always travel around with bug repellent on hand which can be purchased at stores throughout the city. Repellent with high concentrations of DEET is advisable.

Wildlife is also prevalent throughout the city with sightings of foxes and wolves being quite common. Large crows are quite prevalent throughout both the summer and winter months and are known to attack small dog breeds therefore supervision is recommended. Bear spray is recommended when hiking outside of the general city limits for your own safety especially if traveling alone. Bison, which are native to this area of Canada, rarely venture into the city limits however are common outside of the city. The bottom line is if traveling outside of Yellowknife prepare to encounter wildlife especially in the summer months.


Yellowknife is a small isolated city and as a result it does not share the level of crime associated with larger centres. Violent crime is nearly unheard of here, however petty crime is a minor problem in the downtown core, especially in the Gold Range Hotel area which is frequented by loiterers. There is also a small incidence of begging in the city, it is not recommended to give money to beggars as it simply exacerbates the problem. Crime along local trails is extremely rare, however caution is always recommended. Policing in the city is administered by the RCMP which operates a detachment in the downtown core. Always store important items such as passports and other important documents in a safe, something most hotels here offer for a small fee.

Emergency Services

Yellowknife is one of the few cities in Canada which does not offer 9-1-1 service. You must call the service you request directly.

RCMP/Police Emergency - 669-1111
Ambulance - 873-2222
Fire - 873-2222