Capital City Scavenger Hunt for Yellowknife


Capital City Scavenger Hunt: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Apr 4, 2022

It's the third stop of the CBC Parents Capital City Scavenger Hunt series.

And this time, we're in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. 

For this hunt, there is plenty to see in nature, from the local ravens to the beautiful birch trees. 

But try your luck finding Elon Muskox, a sculpture named by Yellowknifers! It's a public work of art made from living ingredients — the fuzzy surface is made from sprouted plants and will make the ox look shaggier over time. 

You'll make your way to Great Slave Lake, where colourful houseboats dot the water, and maybe from there you'll weave through residential streets to find a green lampost. Your route is entirely up to you!

Thanks to some assistance from CBC North, there's a great sampling of Yellowknife's beauty to explore — can you find all nine items?

At the bottom of this post, you'll see a Google map that will give you some tips on where to start looking!

Not in Yellowknife?

I know not everyone is flying out to places these days, but I don't want that to stop you from having a great time with this scavenger hunt (and the 11 more to come!). Here are some thoughts to make Yellowknife come to you: 

  • Print out the printable below and cut out each item. If you don't have a printer, check out your local library.
  • Once you've cut out each item, hide the items around your home, some in trickier places than others. If you have access to some outdoor space (backyard, public park, etc.), choose a nice day and hide them outside. 
  • When your little ones are done collecting the items (either print out a second sheet for them to keep track, or have the printable up on a device), it's a great opportunity to research some of the landmarks on Google Maps. What do the items look like in real life?
  • After that, if any of the items inspire questions from your kids, do a bit of further research with them. Each scavenger hunt is an invitation to honour and celebrate places across Canada! 

Ready to start searching? Check out the printables below!


Yellowknife printable in colour


Yellowknife printable in black and white

We hope you enjoy looking for all of these iconic Yellowknife items! If your family gets out and hunts for these local treasures, tag @cbckidsca and @cbcnorth on Instagram

Add New Comment

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.