Northern lights

Top Locations in Canada to See the Northern Lights

What Are Northern Lights?

Northern light or aurora is a natural phenomenon  that can be seen in high-latitude regions around the Arctic and Antarctic. Northern lights are the result of disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind.

Northern lights

Where Can I See Northern Lights in Canada?

We are very lucky in Canada, there are many great northern light viewing spots. Because of  Canada’s latitudes and lack of light pollution in the northern parts. Canada is a prime destination for viewing the northern lights.

Western Canada: Whitehorse, Yukon

Yukon’s winter nights are long and dark, therefore, it offers a reliable display of northern lights that make the territory feel magical throughout its coldest season. Relax in the mineral rich  Takhini hot springs , and enjoy the magical light show. It’s a great winter break vacation destination for international students in BC.

The drive from Burnaby, BC to Whitehorse, Yukon is about 30 hours. This may seems long and boring trip, but trust me, this will be a once in a life time experience. Alternatively,  you can take a flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse which is just over 2 hours.

Central Canada: Churchill, Manitoba & Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Churchill, Manitoba is a popular spot. Churchill is located under the Auroral Oval, therefore, it offers one of the best views of the natural light spectacle. Yellowknife lies in the Auroral Zone, as a result, auroras are very common in the area. It’s also referred to as the ground zero for northern lights viewing in North America, due to the flat landscape offers an unobstructed sky view and low precipitation that results in regular clear skies.

Eastern Canada: Lake Superior, Ontario

The north shore of Lake Superior provides one of the best unique viewing experience of the northern lights. The lights above accompanying with the reflection of the lights from the water below, such a mesmerizing experience.


When to See the Northern Lights?

The best time to see northern lights is between October and March, when the nights are long and dark. 



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