Yellowknife Transit

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Yellowknife Transit
YK Transit logo.png
Yellowknife Transit bus 01 clip.jpg
Bus on 50th Avenue
Parent City of Yellowknife
Founded 1999
Service area urban area
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 5
Fleet 8 regular buses
2 paratransit
Fuel type diesel
Operator First Student Canada
Director Dennis Kefalas
Website Yellowknife Transit

Yellowknife Transit is the public transportation agency in the city of Yellowknife, and is the only transit system in Canada's Northwest Territories. The municipally funded and controlled system is operated by private contractor Cardinal Coach Lines Ltd. [1]


Yellowknife Transit is the fourth operator of public transit in Yellowknife. Three other privately run services had provided bus service prior to 1999, when Cardinal Coach Lines was awarded the franchise:[1]

  • Red Dusseault, 1945-1948.
  • Frame and Perkins Limited, 1948-1990.
  • Arctic Frontier Carriers Limited, 1990 to 1999.


There are two regular daily bus routes which run from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm on weekdays and one special route which operates on Saturdays and during the Summer and at Christmas from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm,[2] with two additional limited stop express services which operate along Route 1 between the northern suburbs and the downtown core during morning and afternoon peak times.[3] There is no service on Sunday or statutory holidays. The transfer station is located at Sir John Franklin High School.[2]

Number Name Notes
1 Borden/Downtown/Range Lake Weekday service through the suburbanized west side of the city to Downtown.
2 N’dilo/Downtown/Forrest Drive Weekday service through the older east side of the city and the native community of N'dilo to Downtown.
3 Saturday/Summer/Christmas Combination of Routes 1 & 2 that runs at off-peak times.
Express Borden/Northlands Weekday peak service from Downtown to northwestern suburbs.
Express Frame Lake South Weekday peak service from Downtown to southwestern suburbs.


Yellowknife Accessible Transit System (YATS) provides transportation for those people who are unable to physically use the regular transit system. Customers are required to pre-register, outlining the extent of their disability.[4]


None of the current or past bus fleet use regular transit bus format, rather converted school buses or custom built buses.[citation needed]