Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada? If you're planning to go to Yellowknife, we've got some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Based on the climate and weather in Yellowknife, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

Important essentials for Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Yellowknife, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance

    If you or a companion get COVID-19, your amazing trip can be ruined. Good travel insurance can help. See plans


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards can get worn. An unreadable card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection available.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks aren't sold for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good plane-friendly option.

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada by month

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January

In January, Yellowknife is biting cold and somewhat snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the single digits below 0 F (20+ below zero C) range. At night, lows are in the 20+ below zero F (20+ below zero C). This is also a rainy time for Yellowknife, with of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

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February

If you are traveling to Yellowknife in February, you will notice that it is biting cold and somewhat snowy. Expect it to snow about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the single digits below 0 F (10+ below zero C).

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March

If you are traveling to Yellowknife in March, you will notice that it is beyond freezing and somewhat snowy. Expect it to snow regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C).

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April

April in Yellowknife can be extremely cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C). It snows once in a while. With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

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May

Traveling to Yellowknife in May, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

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June

If you visit Yellowknife during June, you are likely to find that it is crisp. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

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July

If you visit Yellowknife during July, you are likely to see that it is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

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August

August in this region is crisp and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

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September

If you visit Yellowknife during September, you might see that it is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

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October

October in Yellowknife is frigid and somewhat snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain sometimes. It also snows 5-10 days this month. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

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November

In November, Yellowknife is unbearably cold and somewhat snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the 10s F (single digits below 0 C) range. At night, lows are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). This is also a rainy time for Yellowknife, with of the days of the month having rain. In November, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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December

December in this region is beyond freezing and somewhat snowy. Temperatures average in the single digits below 0 F (10+ below zero C) during the day. It snows about half of the time.

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