Yellowknife Growth

  • B.A Blakney made the first discovery of gold in Klondike before 1935.

  • Samples of uranium and silver were discovered in the Great Bear Lake

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    Yellowknife Growth

  • Gold was on the east side of Yellowknife Bay, soon everyone came to dig up gold when government geologists uncovered more gold.

  • First Settlement

    First Yellowknife village was settled after gold was found. It became the center of economic activity in the Northwest Territories.
  • Settled in after gold was found and became the centre of economic activity in NWT

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    Yellowknife TheExperience

    Yellow Knife still exists
  • Con Mine was the most gold deposited place and led to settlement in Yelloknife

  • Lots of business was established in the summer such as the Canadian Bank of Commerce, Vic Ingraham’s first hotel, Sutherland’s Drugstore and a pool hall

  • Population grew to 1000 as 5 gold mines were discovered

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    Ptarmigan Mine closed

  • Gold production stopped as men were needed for war effortA exploration program at the Griant Mine had wanted deposit, this led to a massive post-war stalking rush and led to new discoveries at the Con Mine (which led more people to come)

  • Town site expanded for The Old Town Waterfront to new town site

  • Yellowknife has grown so much to a municipality with it’s own council and town hall.

  • Became the Capital of Northwest Territoies

  • Declared an actual City

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    Gold mines dying due to rising costs

  • Old Gold mines are resurrected by an all time high price of gold.

  • Ptarmigan mine reopens

  • Monument erected

    monument at the cities prince of wales heritage center placed memorial to those who perished in mines.
  • A new mining rush

    A new mining rush and fourth building boom for Yellowknife began with the discovery of diamonds 300 km (190 mi) north of the city in 1991.
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    Growth rate

    The average annual growth rate was 0.6% for the total population; broken down by age, it was -1.3% for < 15 years, and 6.9% for 60 years and older. The average income in the city was C$57,246, and the average income for a family was C$124,200, with 10.6% of all families earning less than $30,000. Minimum wage is C$9.00 in Yellowknife. Average household expenditures were C$103,762 in 2007.[63] In 2004, the unemployment rate was at 5.0%, an all-time low, and as of 2006 5.7%; the employment
  • Worked downsized.

  • Purview reduced

    Purview as capital of the NWT was reduced when the territory of Nunavut was split from the NWT. As a result, jurisdiction for that region of Canada was transferred to the new capital city of Iqaluit. Consequently, Yellowknife lost its standing as the Canadian capital city with the smallest population.
  • Last gold mine closes

    The last of the gold mines in Yellowknife closed in 2004.
  • Becomes pinnical of diamond mines in Canada

    Yellowknife is primarily a government town and a service centre for the diamond mines.
  • Yellowknife households in 2006

    In 2006, two-person households with a least one child were the most common size at 36.2%.