Yellowknife is the capital city of the Northwest Territories
(NWT) and is the largest city in the territory. It can be found on
the northern shores of Great Slave Lake, 400 kilometres south of
the Arctic Circle and a casual 15 hour drive to Edmonton (our next
closest office). Yellowknife is named after the local Dene First
Nation who historically traded tools made from copper along the
Arctic Ocean, thus the name Yellow (copper) knife (tool).
The current City was founded in 1934 after gold deposits were
discovered and staked. This ultimately spawned many operating gold
mines within the surrounding area as well as the more famous Giant
Mine. More recently a new mining rush began in 1991 as diamonds
were found 300 km north of the City. Yellowknife has since
transformed into a hub of services for these mines and exploration
Although some may find this surprising there are eleven official
languages in the NWT. This reflects the diverse population of the
Territory. Yellowknife is home to a large number of immigrants,
some from outside of Canada but the majority from within! Many
people come for the opportunities the city and territory affords
them but stay for the endless adventures. Yellowknife is a young
city, the median age is 32.6, 8 years younger than the national
average according to the National Household Survey. Lastly we
can't forget to mention the midnight sun and that Yellowknife
receives the most hours of sun of all Canadian cities! Something
all Yellowknifers appreciate after a cold winter's night.
In Yellowknife the wilderness is your back yard. A short ten
minute drive will bring you to what has been described as "the
quietest place on earth." Whether it be winter or summer, the
abundance of pristine lakes within easy reach of the big city
lights can provide endless hours of entertainment. Swimmers,
skiers, snowmobilers, snow-shoers, canoers, and dog-sledders alike
will not be disappointed. If you're lucky enough you may even
be able to see the Northern Lights dancing over you!
Sports is a huge part of the social fabric of Yellowknife. There
is a league or activity for any and all sports. Crowe MacKay plays
a part in this by sponsoring many teams including volleyball,
soccer, softball, curling and golfing. How could we forget about
golf! Played on a sand course in which you carry around a piece of
turf to hit your ball off and tee off times starting at
Crowe MacKay Yellowknife is a full-service accounting firm
providing bookkeeping, tax, advisory and audit services to a
diverse group of clients. Crowe MacKay Yellowknife provides these
services throughout the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. This
unique client base creates the opportunity for our staff to work
and experience vast parts of Canada seen by few. With clients as
far north as the Arctic Ocean, down to the 60th Parallel, and all
the way to the shores of Hudson Bay our staff have really seen it
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