See the Northern Lights

Yellowknife sits directly under a halo-like ring called the aurora belt, making the Northern Lights the city’s star-attraction. With its clear weather and lack of light pollution and mountains, it is one of the best places in the world to see this spectacular natural light show. Various aurora watching tour operators ensure that watching the sky dance, even on chilly winter falls evenings, can be done in comfort.


Length of Trip : Typically 4-hour nightly excursions

Cost : Aurora Village: $120 - includes transportation, snacks and hot drinks
Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures: $155 – includes snowmobile ride to wilderness cabin, hot drinks and snacks.

Best time to go : Mid-August to the end of September and from mid-November to mid-April

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : In Yellowknife:
The Black Knight Pub
Boston Pizza

Official Site :

Where to Stay : The Explorer Hotel
The Discovery Inn
Days Inn

Getting There : Transportation to Aurora Village or Yellowknife Outdoor Adventure’s wilderness cabin is included in the price.

Note from Robin : Yellowknife is under the Aurora belt and therefore you’re increasing your odds of actually seeing the mythical lights. But there’s no guarantee. The weather has to be ideal, and the conditions just right. The operators don’t give you your money back if the lights don’t fire, and many a guest (including this one) has left feeling disappointed. This is the nature of natural spectacles! Dress warm, as the best time to see the lights is late night/early morning when temperatures plummet. Ask your hotel if they’ll give you a wake up call if the lights are firing over the city during the night (a tip for the front desk won’t hurt).



Photo: NWT Tourism


Photo: NWT Tourism


Photo: Terry Parker


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