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Canada Northern Lights Holidays

With its northern provinces extending deep into the Arctic Circle, Canada offers some fantastic locations for northern lights holidays in some of the world’s great wildernesses. Combined with a host of thrilling winter activities and picturesque snow-covered scenery, Canada is an aurora holiday destination that’s hard to beat.

Where can you see the northern lights in Canada?

The wild landscapes of the Yukon and the Northwest Territories provide the ideal backdrop for viewing the northern lights on an action-packed adventure. By day enjoy a range of activities from a scenic sleigh ride to thrilling dog sledding, snowmobiling to ice-fishing – there’s something for everyone. As darkness falls, turn your attention to the skies where hopefully you’ll be rewarded with a mesmerising light display overhead. Enjoy an action-packed adventure in the Yukon, staying in Whitehorse, an ideal base from which to venture out into the wilderness. Alternatively, the little-visited Northwest Territories is home to Blachford Lake Lodge – accessible only by floatplane, here you can choose to view the aurora from the comfort of the lodge or take advantage of the outdoor hot tub!

Northern Alberta’s Fort McMurray is renowned for reliable northern lights activity. Claiming more clear nights than any other aurora-watching destination in Canada, there is a purpose-built night sky viewing centre. Local astronomy experts are on hand to answer questions and share photography tips each evening. A 3-night stay here is perfectly complemented by an independent tour through the Rockies. In October and November each year, the frontier town of Churchill in northern Manitoba becomes the polar bear capital of the world. While the focus of these trips is very much on wildlife encounters, sightings of the aurora are possible.

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In awe and wonder, we watched in silence as surely nature's most extraordinary spectacle swirled above us.
Barry Nelson, Classic Polar Bear Adventure

Northern Lights Holidays in Canada