I first learned to ride a bike on the roads of Yellowknife. While I honed my racing skills on other terrain, the riding back home is an awesome reminder of the superb routes in your own backyard. With a busy race schedule, I never seem to be able to make it back home in the summer as much as I’d like, but if you have the chance to get out for a road ride in the Northwest Territories, I would recommend heading out along the Ingraham Trail for an out-and-back ride.
Starting from downtown Yellowknife (not too far from Frame Lake), take 48th Street NW out of town. Shortly, you’ll come to Yellowknife Hwy./Hwy. 3, where you hang a left. In just a little more than a kilometre, you’ll turn right onto Ingraham Trail itself. It weaves its way through the numerous beautiful lakes spotting the iconic Canadian Shield landscape.
If you are feeling ambitious, you can ride all the way to Tibbett Lake (72 kilometres from Yellowknife), where the road ends. If you’re heading that far, be prepared for gravel (but that’s in these days, right?).
If you want to stick to pavement, but are up for a little off-the-bike adventure, make your turn-around point Cameron Falls, 46 kilometres from Yellowknife. There is a 1.6-kilometre path was built to the waterfalls viewpoint. Then trace your route back to Yellowknife.
If you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Bullocks’ for its infamous fish and chips. When you come back into town on 48th, turn left on Franklin Avenue and stay straight out towards Old Town onto McDonald Avenue and continue onto Wiley Road. You’ve earned your Arctic char fish and chips!
The Ingraham Trail near Yellowknife is your ticket to awesome landscape and infamous fish and chips on your return.