Yellowknife has been the capital of the Northwest Territories since 1967. The Tłı̨chǫ name for Yellowknife is Sombak'e meaning place of money.
The Capital Area Park provides opportunities for exploring and understanding the Northwest Territories based on 4 categories:
- Politics and the NWT - The Legislative Assembly building
- Our many cultures - The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
- Our capital city - Yellowknife City Hall and the Northern Frontier Visitors' Centre
- Our natural environment - The Frame Lake walking trail and the Northern Frontier Visitors' Centre
In the Capital Area Park, the flags from NWT's 33 communities are flown near the Ceremonial Circle. The name of an individual community is displayed on a flag pole, first in the Aboriginal language of the area and then the official name of the community is shown.
The Ceremonial Circle is a gathering place for the people of NWT, which includes a ceremonial firepit and stages for use by groups wishing to celebrate events.This map shows the boundaries and features of the Capital Area Park