Then & Now: The Wildcat Cafe

The Wildcat Cafe is one of the most iconic buildings in Yellowknife. One of Yellowknife’s first restaurant, which has been opened and closed numerous times over the years, as well as renovated several times since it first opened in the 1930’s.

One of the biggest changes around The Wildcat are the buildings on the hill. The hill played host to a hotel, drug store and the newspaper might have even been on the hill at one time. Nowadays the hill hosts several homes and the Pilots Monument. If you ever want to experience the rustic Wildcat Cafe it is open throughout the summer.


Credit: Busse/NWT Archives/N-1979-052-4775


Credit: Kyle Thomas

Do you remember what was on Pilots Monument hill in the early years?

If you have photos of Yellowknife’s past, the city, buildings, landscapes and want to share them please email me through the contact page, as I’d love to continue this series.


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 YkOnline.ca. A website all about living, working and thriving in Yellowknife for residents, newcomers, and visitors.

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