Living in Yellowknife

Yellowknife Direction Dictionary

The city of Yellowknife isn’t that old but it is a fairly condensed area with a transient population. Overtime stores, buildings, families all come and go which results in some very confusing directions for newcomers. Longtime residents or just any resident once their accustom to speaking like a local, often use landmarks to give directions and sometimes those landmarks don’t exist anymore. In an effort to help those new to the city and maybe some that have just always wondered, we have started to curate a list of local direction terms – or directionary.

The list is a living record and we’ll add to it as we learn more about the city ourselves, so to that end we invite everyone to contribute. Use the form at the bottom of this post to send in additional information on existing terms or new terms altogether.

If you are looking for an index of locally used acronyms see our Yellowknife Acronym Guide here.

Yellowknife Direction Dictionary

50/50 Mini Mall50th Street and 50th Avenue
Abe Miller4912 53 Street
Arthur Laing Building49th Street and 50th Avenue
Back BayThe portion of water between Old Town and old Giant Mine site
Baker's Centre5710 50th Ave
Behind WalmartThe Range Lake residental area
Big Extra FoodsIndependent Grocer on Old Airport Road
Bristol PitGravel pit on Old Airport Road near Airport
BullocksA popular year-round restaurant in an old Trading Post building serving fresh fish and northern fare. Located on Wiley Road across from Weaver and Devor.
By CharlieLarge mural painted by Terry Pamplin in honour of Charlie Delorme.
Located on 48th street outside Visual Effects
Old Chateau NovaDays Inn on the corner of 50th Avenue and 44th Street
Circle KShell Gas Station
DNDMilitary Hanger on Bristal Road at the Airport
DND GymGymnasim in Multiplex Arena
Down the HillThe hill on Franklin Avenue that leads into Old Town
Flea MarketNow “Vinny's” on Old Airport Road opposite the “Bottle Store” in the old Force One building.
Gallery BuildingCorner of 52 Street and 50 Avenue
Goga Cho Building4916 47 Street
Government DockPublic dock on MacDonald Drive in Old Town
Grandma Lee's EntranceYellowknife Public Library, Centre Square Mall entrance
Greenstone BuildingFederal Building at Angel Street and 50 Avenue
Highrise on MoyleFour-storey apartment building on Moyle Drive
IGA StoreOverlander Sports Building
Jan Stirling Building4702 50 Avenue
JJ HobbiesPreviously an art and pet store. Formally at the site of now Shopper’s Drug Mart.The building it was in was also the an old liquor store.
JTFN BuildingMiltary Building on 49th Avenue and 49th Street
KinglandFord Dealership on Old Airport Road
N'Dilo (Dee-low)Aboriginal community on Latham Island
New Government Building5015 49 Street
New TownDowntown Yellowknife
OK Ecomony/Super A Foods/Old Extra FoodsGlen's Independent Grocer
Old Bay StoreGreenstone Building
Old Canadian TireGreenstone Building
Old Fire HallThe Baily House - Corner of 50th Avenue and 44th Street
Old Stantec BuildingBirchwood Coffee K'o on 49th Street
Old UNW Building5112 52 Street
Pacific Western AirwaysThe large old red roofed building by the causeway in Old Town, now a private residence.
Panda ll Mall4951 48 Street / YK Centre East Building
Peave River FlatsResidential area between 50 Avenue and Back Bay in Old Town
Rainbow ValleyA referance to the brightly colored house along a road in N'Dilo
Red RoosterThe Village Reddi Mart and sometimes Mac's Gas Station
SissonsFrench School on 51A Avenue
Sliding Hill behind NUPAt the end of 55 Street and 51A Avenue
Somba K'eThe Tlicho word for Yellowknife meaning place of money, also park near City Hall
Stanton ClinicBeside MacDonald's on Old Airport Road
Stuart Hodgson Building5005 49 Street
The Bay/Houseboat BayYellowknife Bay, the area around Jolliffee Island
The Big LakeGreat Slave Lake
The DinerWhat was once in the location of what is now The Fat Fox Café
The DumpCity of Yellowknife Solid Waste Facility. Just past the ski-club on the Giant Mine access road (formerly Highway #4)
The HighriseThe first tall building in Yellowknife, Coast Fraser Tower.
The LoopStretch of road between the intersection of 48 St and 49 Ave and the intersection of Highway 3 and Old Airport Road.
The LegThe Legislative Assembly Building. Pronounced "the ledge".
The PitsThe sandpits just past the Yellowknife Airport on Hwy 3.
The RangeThe Gold Range Bar/Bad Sam's Pub
The RockPilots Monument in Old Town
The TrailIngraham Trail/Highway 4
The WildcatThe Wildcat Café in Old Town on Wiley Road
Tommy ForestTommy Forest Ball Park on 50th Avenue
Twin Pine HillWhere Summit Condos is now
UptownYellowknife South/Range Lake/Big Box Store area of town
WeledehSchool between 46 and 44 Street along 52 Avenue
Willow FlatsResidental area between 50 Avenue and Yellowknife Bay
WinksMac's Gas Station
WoodyardA collection of shacks located off of Hamilton & Bretslaf Roads
YK InnQuality Inn

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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.


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