Vancouver to Yellowknife: Fly Direct

Yellowknife is closer than you think. Starting December 15 2017 until April 1 2018, Air Canada will fly daily service between Vancouver and Yellowknife. Growing interest in Yellowknife as a tourism destination is behind the added service.

The flight will shave almost four hours off round-trip travel time. It's about a 2.5 hour flight one way from Vancouver.

Vancouver's trans-Pacific hub will be connected seamlessly to Yellowknife, allowing a better travel experience for visitors coming from Asia and the US.

Wondering what you can do in Yellowknife in the winter?

Winter Aurora by Adam HillYellowknife is best place to get a taste of the North. Dazzling Aurora can be seen 200 days a year on average – you can watch them on foot, snowmobile, on skis and by dogsled. Watch from the comfort of a cabin or lodge, or hunt for the best views with an experienced guide.

Accommodations range from comfy to luxurious, from low-key B&Bs to 3 to 4-star hotel suites and rustic wilderness lodges. There's a wealth of delicious northern cuisine, with diverse options hailing from all corners of the globe including Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean.

No matter what kind of traveller you are, there are activities for the laid back explorer and the adrenaline-seeker alike.

Winter Dog SleddingDrive a world-class dogsled team over snow-topped lakes and trails or kick back and let a pro take you for a joyride. Rent a pair of cross country skis or snow shoes and trek through the pristine wilderness. Catch fish lurking beneath the frozen lake from the heated comfort of a SnoBear. In March, a magical castle of snow and ice crystallizes over Great Slave Lake for the annual SnowKing Winter Festival.

Visit the diamond centre where you can purchase diamonds mined near Yellowknife and check out real fur clothing designed by Northern artists.

Discover the secrets of North America's diamond capital, from humble golden beginnings to a modern city. Learn about the heritage of the Dene First Nations - go on a tour over the ice road and visit the Yellowknives Dene community of Dettah hearing aboriginal stories and legends in a heated cabin and tipi.

It's hard doing it all in one trip.

Flight Schedule
Flight # Depart Time Arrive Time
AC8833 Vancouver (YVR) 4:00 p.m. First flight operates Dec. 15 Yellowknife (YZF) 7:30 p.m.
AC8834 Yellowknife (YZF) 7:30 a.m. Last flight operates Apr. 1 Vancouver (YVR) 8:53 a.m.