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Shopping and Service Providers in Yellowknife

Yellowknife is a small city with a big-city vibe. Throughout the city, you will find all the normal amenities you would find in any other city. There are a few different grocery shopping options, cell phone providers, big box stores and so on. Generally, Yellowknife has everything a person needs to live a very normal life.

Grocery Stores

Independent Grocer (formally Extra Foods) uptown | Map

Independent Grocer (formally Extra Foods) downtown | Map

Co-op | Map

Northern Food Services (open to the public on Saturdays) | Map

Bush Order Provisions (option on Saturdays) | Map

If you would like to see more about the food costs in Yellowknife see an article I did in 2015 here. There may be some differences today but not many.

Gas Price

Yellowknife is a strange place when it comes to gas prices. In a place that is as isolated you would expect the prices to fluctuate quite often but for the longest time, it stayed at $1.349. It has now started to fluctuate.

Lately, gas prices have been hovering around $1.599.

What many residents do however is get card-lock accounts. Several petroleum companies in Yellowknife offer these, such as Petro-Canada and Shell.

Cell Phone Service

There are now three cell phone service providers in Yellowknife. All with there own benefits.

Bell Mobility – 4G/LTE Service | Available at Roy’s Audio Video & Northwestel Retail Store

Telus – 4G/LTE Service | Available at Petron Communications

Ice Wireless – GSM Service (Rogers Roaming) | Available at Ice Wireless

Internet Service Providers

Northwestel – Providers High-Speed Internet up to 250GB | Available at Northwestel Retail Store

SSI Micro – Provides Wireless High-Speed Internet | Available at SSI Micro


SwapShop – Radio call-in program | 10:10am and 6:10am everyday on 100.1FM | Biggest classified website in Yellowknife

Yellowknife Classified Facebook Groups

Big Box Stores

  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Walmart
  • Warehouse One
  • Reitman’s
  • Canadian Tire
  • Staples
  • The Brick
  • Creative Basics
  • Mark’s (Work Warehouse)

Fast Food

  • Tim Hortons x 2 (Old Airport Rd. and 46th Street downtown)
  • Quiznos (Airport & Old Airport Rd.)
  • Subway (Old Airport Road & Downtown)
  • A&W (Downtown)
  • Mary Browns Chicken (Borden Drive)
  • McDonald’s (Old Airport Rd & Walmart)
  • Fat Burger (Old Airport Rd)
  • Booster Juice (Old Airport Rd)

Read here to learn more about Yellowknife’s Fast Food options.

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About the author

Kyle Thomas

Kyle grew up in Yellowknife and is a local entrepreneur, writer, baker, and Yellowknife Advocate who is addicted to learning as much as he can about the community and sharing it with anyone who'll listen. In 2009 he developed A website all about living, working and thriving in Yellowknife for residents, newcomers, and visitors.


  • Having been born and raised in the North and now returning after 20 years but with a family in tow I really appreciate this website, I also follow you on Twitter. This website balances the realities of living in the north vs the south (not that Alberta is a perpetual utopia) in a way that reminds you that people in the North don’t live in igloos and are privy to modern technology, in case you didn’t know. LOL!! Great job on all the updates Kyle. Keep it coming.

  • Is there any place to get my daughter designer (so fake) glasses around here cause I noticed there was no Claire’s or Justice!

    • Hello,

      Yes, Polar Vision downtown across from Boston Pizza, or Family Vision Centre in the Centre Ice Plaza should be able to help you.

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