With its northern provinces extending deep into the Arctic Circle, Canada offers some fantastic locations to see the northern lights. Travel to Alberta or the Yukon during the winter months and go in search of this incredible natural phenomenon in one of the world’s great wildernesses. Combined with a host of thrilling winter activities and picturesque snow-covered scenery, Canada is a northern lights holiday destination that’s hard to beat.
Our northern lights itineraries feature winter adventures, opportunities to explore these spectacular regions, and conditions permitting, the chance to see the aurora borealis. Depending on duration, the itineraries may be stand-alone holidays or are an ideal package to build into a tailor-made holiday.
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 over a 90% chance of seeing aurora activity from a purpose-built night sky viewing centre. Local astronomy experts are on hand to answer questions and share photography tips each evening, while the days are at leisure to catch up on sleep or sample some of the many winter activities on offer. A 3-night stay here is perfectly complemented by an independent tour through the Rockies.
For the more active traveller, the fascinating ‘wilderness city’ of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory provides the base for a wealth of adventures, such as dog sledding, snowmobiling, snow-shoeing and of course the chance to see the northern lights – this is another fantastic location for aurora hunting Canadian-style.