CanNor invests in Yellowknife Harbour Improvements

Funding Will Help Revitalize Business and Tourism in Old Town

February 25, 2014 – Yellowknife, NWT – Office of the Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council

"Work began on the Government Dock in 2013 by creating a test layout of the site in summer which included the addition of public picnic tables and bike racks. Capital work began in late fall 2013 and will continue into the spring of 2014." (Photo credit: City of Yellowknife)

Minister Aglukkaq today announced funding to implement the Yellowknife Harbour Plan which includes improvements to attractions in Old Town, an area known to attract thousands of tourists each year. Improvements began in the fall of 2013 and will be completed before summer 2014.

In addition to the City of Yellowknife's investment of over $700,000 to revitalize Old Town, CanNor is investing $100,000 towards two initiatives: at the Government Dock, work will focus on improving public transit locations and bike racks as well as landscaping to create a more attractive venue for visitors; at Pilot’s Monument, work will include improving traffic and pedestrian access between the commercial areas of Old Town as well as landscaping to improve gathering spaces.

Quick facts

  • The Yellowknife Harbour Plan was adopted by City Council on June 24, 2012.
  • The Harbour Plan provides the long-range vision for the Yellowknife Bay Harbour as well as recommendations for the implementation of a Harbour Management Strategy.
  • The Government Dock and Pilot’s Monument serve as anchors for economic activity in Old Town, which is the site of several community events each year including Ramble and Ride and the Float Plane Fly-In.


"Our Government is proud to invest in projects that help create sustainable and prosperous northern communities by improving community spaces and encouraging economic diversification."

- Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council

“The City of Yellowknife is committed to enhancing our tourist attractions and ensuring that our Harbourfront remains easily accessible to all users. The funding from the Government of Canada certainly assists us in reaching these goals,”

- Mark Heyck
Mayor, City of Yellowknife

Associated Links


Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Jennifer Kennedy

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Christina Gray
Communications Advisor, NWT Region

CanNor works to help develop a diversified, sustainable and dynamic economy across Canada's three territories, and delivers on its northern mandate through funding programs, the Northern Projects Management Office and by undertaking policy and research.

City of Yellowknife
Nalini Naidoo
Director, Communications and Economic Development


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