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Northern Lights Tours in Canada

Northern Lights Tours in Canada

To gaze up at the multicolored, dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis is to enjoy one of Mother Nature's most spectacular displays. The Northern Lights are notoriously elusive, but following these tips and suggestions will help maximize your chances of crossing this one off your bucket list.

When to Go

Clear skies and darkness are the two most critical elements for viewings. Since autumn in Canada's auroral zone tends to be a bit cloudier, the period between December and April offers the best viewing opportunities. It's also important to consider the moon; a new moon is ideal, as there will be less light pollution to detract from the spectacle. The lights tend to peak near the autumnal and spring equinoxes.

Where to Go

Canada's auroral zone stretches clear across the country, from Nova Scotia all the way to the border with Alaska. Since the eastern portion of the country tends to be cloudier, the best opportunities lie west of James Bay. It's a good idea to choose a destination that you'd like to visit anyway, given that the light show is so unpredictable. The town of Churchill in Manitoba is famous for its high concentration of polar bears, while Whitehorse serves as a base for exploring the vast Yukon Territory. Yellowknife, aside from being one of the top Northern Lights viewing spots in Canada, is also an excellent place to learn about Canada's Aboriginal pioneers or try your hand at dogsledding.

How to Go

One of the best ways to see this natural phenomenon is by taking part in a Northern Lights viewing tour from a town like Whitehorse or Yellowknife—local guides know the best viewing spots away from city lights. Multi-day viewing tours from Vancouver take travelers into Northern Canada with the added benefit of multiple chances to see the lights.

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Yellowknife Northern Lights Viewing Tour Including 3-Nights Accommodation

Yellowknife Northern Lights Viewing Tour Including 3-Nights Accommodation

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Marvel at Mother Nature’s majesty on this 3-day Northern Lights viewing tour from Yellowknife. Leave the bright lights of Yellowknife behind and travel into Canada’s mighty Northwest Territories with your guide. Visit a range of different viewing locations under cover of darkness and watch the skies for the spectacular Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner at Aurora Village then relax in heated tee-pees as the skies shimmer overhead. Your days are free to enjoy optional extra activities including fishing, wildlife tours, dog-sledding, snowmobiling or hiking.
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  • 4 days
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Arctic Day: Aurora Viewing Tour | evening

Arctic Day: Aurora Viewing Tour | evening

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Head into the Canadian wilderness and admire one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular light shows on this evening Aurora viewing from Whitehorse. Travel out of town with your guide into the wilds of Canada’s Yukon Territory, where clear starry skies offer excellent opportunities to see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Travel to a custom-built viewing location far from the bright city lights and experience the majesty of Aurora Borealis up close. Gaze upward and marvel at the vibrant green, purple, yellow and red hues lighting up the skies.
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  • 4 hours
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$108.03
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Northern Lights Lakeside Adventure from Vancouver (4-Days)
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Northern Lights Lakeside Adventure from Vancouver (4-Days)

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Discover the exceptional beauty and natural wonders of Canada on a 4-day tour from Vancouver. Travel to the Whitehorse, where jagged peaks and alpine wilderness set the scene for snowshoeing, hiking, ice fishing, snowmobiling and more. Explore the rugged Yukon territory, view the brilliant Northern Lights (aurora borealis) display and head out wildlife spotting among the area's many lakes and forests. Your tour includes round-trip airfare, a tour of Whitehorse, and daily meals featuring regional ingredients.
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  • 4 days
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Half-Day Northern Lights Guided Tour from Yellowknife

Half-Day Northern Lights Guided Tour from Yellowknife

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Marvel at Mother Nature’s breathtaking beauty on this Northern Lights tour from Yellowknife. As night falls over Canada’s Northwest Territories, travel with your guide into the wilderness in search of the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. From your location 250 miles (400 km) south of the Arctic Circle, keep your eyes on the skies for the illusive swirls of color. Then, set up your camera to catch the show!
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  • 4 hours
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4-Day Northern Lights and Dog Mushing Adventure in Whitehorse

4-Day Northern Lights and Dog Mushing Adventure in Whitehorse

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Head off-the-grid on this 4-day adventure in Whitehorse and experience the wilderness of Canada’s Yukon territory. Enjoy private accommodation and delicious home-cooked meals at a lakeside ranch in the heart of the mountains. During your stay, take part in fun activities such as husky dog sledding, snowmobiling, or horseback riding; explore the countryside on a snowshoeing excursion; and set out at night in search of the Northern Light (aurora borealis).
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