List of tallest buildings in Yellowknife

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Downtown Yellowknife
Centre Square Mall-Northern Heights. At 60 m (197 ft) it is Yellowknife's tallest building
Downtown Yellowknife during the winter months

This list of tallest buildings in Yellowknife ranks skyscrapers over 30 m (98 ft) tall in the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Yellowknife is the capital and largest city in the Northwest Territories and the second largest in Northern Canada. As of 2011, the city contains 3 skyscrapers 50 m (164 ft) and over, with a further 7 high-rise buildings that exceed 30 m (98 ft) in height.[1] The tallest building in the city, and possibly in the NWT, is the 17-storey, 60 m (200 ft) Centre Square - Northern Heights.[2] This building was constructed in a postmodernist architectural style, representing the city's efforts to add visual interest into the skyline. The second-tallest building in the city is the Polar Apartments, standing at 50 m (164 ft) tall with 15 storeys.

Having a population of approximately 19,000 people, Yellowknife has a skyline that could match a city of 250,000 or more.[citation needed] This is due to Yellowknife's position in a vast, resource-rich area called Northern Canada, a region larger than India.[3][4] More specifically it is the capital of the Northwest Territories which comprise a large part of Northern Canada. Yellowknife is the largest city in the Northwest Territories, and, as such, many companies are headquartered or have bases in the city such as diamond mining and iron mining consortiums. The city acts as a distribution point for many of these resources. Yellowknife is connected to the southern Canadian city of Edmonton via the Yellowknife and Mackenzie Highways.

List of tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks Yellowknife high-rises that stand at least 30 m (98 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts.

Buildings completed as of May 2011
Rank Name Height Floors Completed Photo
1 Centre Square - Northern Heights[2] map1
(mixed use)
60 m (197 ft) 17 1996 01 - Centre Square Mall.jpg
2 Polar Apartments[5] map2
50 m (164 ft) 15 2003 02 - Polar Apartments.jpg
3 Northwest Tower[6] map3
50 m (164 ft) 12 1991 03 - Northwest Tower.jpg
4 Scotia Centre[7] map4
45 m (148 ft) 11 1979 04 - Scotia Centre.jpg
5 Coast Fraser Tower[8] map5
42 m (138 ft) 14 - 05 - Coast Fraser Tower.jpg
6 Precambrian Building[9] map6
41 m (135 ft) 11 1976 06 - Precambrian Building.jpg
7 Anderson - Thomson Tower[10] map7
37 m (121 ft) 11 - 07 - Anderson-Thomson Tower.jpg
8 Bellanca Building[11] map8
36 m (118 ft) 10[12] 1973 08 - Bellanca Building.jpg
9 Northern United Place[13] map9
34 m (112 ft) 10 - 09 - Northern United Place.jpg
10 Explorer Hotel[14] map10
30 m (98 ft) 8 1976 10 - Explorer Hotel.jpg

Other notable buildings[edit]

Con Mine[edit]

Looking at the Robertson Headframe from Dettah

At 76 m (249 ft) the Robertson headframe located at Con Mine was the tallest building in Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories. The headframe which was built in 1977, sat over a mine shaft 1,859 m (6,099 ft) deep.[15] The headframe was demolished on 29 October 2016.[16][17][18]

Northwest Territories Legislative Building[edit]

Northwest Territories Legislative Building

The Northwest Territories Legislative Building is the home of the Government of the Northwest Territories. The most recent building was built in 1993 and commenced usage in 1994. The Legislative Assembly has used many permanent and temporary facilities throughout its history.

The current building is two stories tall with two round halls, the Great Hall and the Caucus Room. It is located in Yellowknife, and overlooks Frame Lake. It was designed by Ferguson Simek Clark/Pin Matthews (of Yellowknife) in association with Matsuzaki Wright Architects (of Vancouver), and landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander.

Greenstone Building[edit]

A four-storey stone building with a curved front, broad on the right and narrow on the left, seen from across a street. Its windows are set in darker bands of stone and it has red trim. The first storey is faced in rusticated stone; the ones above are smooth. On the front is the word "Canada" with a miniature Canadian flag on the right, between the third and fourth storeys. In front small deciduous trees are planted, and several flags including the Canadian flag fly from poles in front of the main entrance near the junction of the two curves. Two cars are parked along the street in front.
The Greenstone Government of Canada Building

The Greenstone Building on Franklin Avenue downtown houses offices of 16 different federal government agencies. Before its completion in 2005, on time and under budget, those offices had been scattered in different locations. In 2007 it was certified LEED Gold by the Canadian Green Building Council for its environmental sustainability; among other features it generates some of its own electricity through building-integrated photovoltaics. It was the first building in the Canadian North to receive LEED certification of any level.[19]

Mackenzie Place[edit]

Mackenzie Place, known locally as the High Rise, is a 17 storey building located in Hay River on the south side of Great Slave Lake. Although no accurate height is known it is sometimes called the tallest building in the NWT. An estimated height of 57.64 m (189.1 ft) is given for the building that was completed in 1975 and was until the building of Centre Square - Northern Heights in 1996 the tallest building for 40 years. Unlike Yellowknife there are no other buildings in Hay River of any height so it dominates the skyline and is visible from 75 km (47 mi) away.[20][21][22][23][24]

Nunavut and Yukon[edit]

Of the three northern territories, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, the NWT is the only one that has buildings over 8 storeys tall. The tallest building in Nunavut is the 8 storey Tukturjuk Tower in Iqaluit at 29 m (95 ft). The city of Whitehorse had, for many years, a by-law restricting the height of buildings to 20 m (66 ft). The by-law was changed in 2012 allowing for 8 storeys and a height of 25 m (82 ft). As of 2016 the tallest building in Whitehorse is the Mah's Point condos which is 20 m (66 ft) and 6 storeys.[25][26][21]

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

Buildings completed as of February 2011
Period Name Height Floors Completed
1973 - 1976 Bellanca Building[11] map8 36 m (118 ft) 11 1973
1976 - 1979 Precambrian Building[9] map6 41 m (135 ft) 11 1976
1979 - 1991 Scotia Centre[7] map4 45 m (148 ft) 11 1979
1991 - 1996 Northwest Tower[6] map3 50 m (164 ft) 12 1991
1996–Present Centre Square - Northern Heights[2] map1 60 m (197 ft) 17 1996

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Yellowknife Skyscraper map". Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  2. ^ a b c "Centre Square - Northern Heights". Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  3. ^ "Total Area of India" (PDF). Country Studies, India. Library of CongressFederal Research Division. December 2004. Retrieved 3 January 2011. The country’s exact size is subject to debate because some borders are disputed. The Indian government lists the total area as 3,287,260 km2 (1,269,220 sq mi) and the total land area as 3,060,500 km2 (1,181,700 sq mi); the United Nations lists the total area as 3,287,263 km2 (1,269,219 sq mi) and total land area as 2,973,190 km2 (1,147,960 sq mi). 
  4. ^ Land and freshwater area, by province and territory
  5. ^ Polar Apartments
  6. ^ a b Northwest Tower
  7. ^ a b Scotia Centre
  8. ^ Coast Fraser Tower
  9. ^ a b Precambrian Building
  10. ^ Anderson - Thomson Tower
  11. ^ a b Bellanca Building
  12. ^ Bellanca Developments Ltd.
  13. ^ Northern United Place
  14. ^ Explorer Hotel
  15. ^ Con Mine's Robertson's Shaft towers over the Yellowknife skyline like a fortress.
  16. ^ "So long, Robertson headframe: Yellowknife landmark comes down Saturday". 29 October 2016. 
  17. ^ Image of the demolition
  18. ^ Video of the demolition
  19. ^ "Yellowknife's Greenstone Government of Canada building receives LEED Gold standard". Daily Commercial News. August 30, 2007. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  20. ^ Life in Hay River’s High Rise
  21. ^ a b Who's Next?
  22. ^ Mackenzie Place at Emporis
  23. ^ Balconies off-limits at N.W.T.’s tallest apartment building
  24. ^ Mackenzie Place at SkyscraperPage
  25. ^ Mah's Point Condos
  26. ^ Towering crane gives young Yukoner's career a big lift