FAQ

How do I get to your houseboat?
Should I rent a car?
How far is it to your houseboat from the airport or downtown?
How do I get back and forth to shore?
When can I see Northern Lights?
What is there to do in Yellowknife?
What are the Check in / Check out times?


How do I get to your houseboat?

Once you are in your taxi or rental car at the airport, please give me a call at +1 867-444-8464 to let me know you’re on your way. In the summer, tell your driver (or drive yourself) to Government Dock in Old Town, and I will meet you there with the power boat. We’ll load up your luggage there, and you can leave your rental car parked at the dock. During the winter, just tell your driver to go to the Big Blue Houseboat on Dog Island South, and they will drive right up to the house for check-in. Back to top


Should I rent a car?

Although car rental rates are higher here than average, many people find that the convenience is worth it. Old Town is very close, and everything is in walking distance, and if you are comfortable walking more, downtown can be reached by foot in about 20 minutes from Government Dock. Any excursions to the Ingraham Trail would need a rental car, as well as to get across town for shopping, etc. Back to top


How far is it to your houseboat from the airport or downtown?

It’s about a 10-min drive from the airport, and the taxi fare should cost just under $20. From the houseboat, you can reach the closest shore in just 5 minutes, and the walk to downtown is another 15 min or so. Government Dock is a bit farther – it will take you about 10 minutes or more to reach there by canoe. Back to top


How do I get back and forth to shore?

In the summer, your transportation is by canoe. If you are unsure how to canoe or want some pointers, I will be happy to give you a lesson. You are free to explore anywhere you like in Yellowknife Bay. Please always wear your life jacket, and do not venture out in the canoe if you feel the weather is unfavorable. In that case, just call me and I will be happy to pick you up by power boat. In the winter, you can simply drive or walk anywhere on the ice! Back to top


When can I see Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights, or Aurora, can be seen anytime from about the middle of August until the middle of April. You do not need to book Aurora excursions because you can see the Northern Lights perfectly well just by stepping outside your B&B door! But of course, it can also be thrilling to see the Lights while dogsledding or riding on a snowmobile. Back to top


What is there to do in Yellowknife?

In the summer you can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, hiking, sailing, swimming (yes, it gets warm enough!), camping, and of course there’s the wonderful Folk on the Rocks festival in July. In August and September, you may be surprised to see the Northern Lights while you’re out camping on a private island!

In the winter there is dogsledding, ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, kite skiing, and of course the best Aurora viewing in the world! In March, you can enjoy many special activities on the ice right near our B&B, as you take in the events of the Snow King Festival or LongJohn Jamboree.

Yellowknife has an excellent museum, visitor’s center, movie theatre, coffee shops and many fine restaurants.

Please go to the Visitors Center Page for more information on things to do in Yellowknife.  Back to top



What are the Check in / Check out times?

Check in is after 2:00 pm, and Check-out is 11:00 am. Please let me know if you have special requirements for arrival or departure, particularly if you will be arriving very late. Back to top