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Last updated: November 2019

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For more information, check out the Northern Lights Centre website.

THINGS TO DO

There is no better place to experience the power and mystery of the Aurora Borealis.

Yellowknife is one of the best places in the world to view the aurora borealis. With our long and clear winter nights, late August to mid April tend to be the best times of the year to visit for a good viewing.

AURORA BOREALIS

Also known as the Northern Lights, these bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as 'Aurora borealis' in the north and 'Aurora australis' in the south.

Auroras appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.


The best way to see the aurora is to get away from the city’s grid and subsequent light pollution. However, if you would rather not make the journey, the lights are still visible within city limits—climb the Bush Pilots Monument after midnight and wait for the show to begin.


For the day to day forecast, visit Aurora North's website, and if you are going for a walk around town, be sure to keep an eye out for Northern Lighthouses. These tiny lighthouses, located throughout the city, alert visitors and residents when active aurora is in the evening forecast.
 

AURORA VILLAGE

Adult   $ 126.00

 

The Aurora Viewing Tour begins with a journey along the ‘Aurora Hunting’ Ingraham trail to Aurora Village. We escape the crowds and tour buses to our world-class facility for Aurora viewing. After we arrive at the Village we follow along the dim lantern lit paths to our Teepee for the evening. Wood Fires burning upon arrival, we welcome the warmth of our Teepees. 

 

Following a brief orientation, you can walk around our spacious property to find your perfect aurora viewing location using the Teepee as a base. The Village is sheltered from the subarctic wind by a beautiful forest – with groomed trails leading up to surrounding panorama hills for a secluded and clear viewing of the stunning display from mother nature. Guests will be wowed by the Aurora Borealis dancing overhead and we have everything they need to enjoy the experience… And don’t worry, we have very warm, spacious, and well-lit washrooms for maximum comfort!

* Wheelchair Access – See our website for more details

Includes:

  • Round-trip transportation from downtown Yellowknife with hotel pickup.

  • Transport along the Aurora ‘Hunting’ Ingraham trail.

  • Approx. 4 hrs Aurora Viewing (Extensions available)

  • Warm Teepees with Log Fire Wood Stoves

  • Hot Beverages.

  • Photography tips and tricks.

  • Nightly Ice Show*

  • Language Specific Guides (English, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese)

CALL: +1 (867) 669 0006

EMAIL: booking@auroravillage.com
 

B DENE ADVENTURES

Adult   $ 120.00  *10% Discount for BFI Symposium

View the northern lights from our unique cabin on the shore of Great Slave Lake, 30 minutes outside of Yellowknife. The Aurora is visible on clear dark nights from late August to mid-April.

 

Spend an evening among the Dene, with northern lights story-telling, Dene history and legends, drumming, and samples of traditional foods. Our camp with a heated cabin is located on the shore of Great Slave Lake, with exceptional opportunities to see and photograph the Aurora Borealis.

 

Tour Details: Minimum 4 people ($25 surcharge for smaller groups) 4 hours, evening departures: Includes hotel pick up and return, drive to Dettah and visit to B.Dene Adventures camp. Light refreshments included.

CALL: +1 (867) 444-0451 (Bobby Drygeese), +1 (867) 445-4520 (Jennifer Drygeese)

EMAIL: tours@bdene.com

There are also many other tour operators to choose from...

Feel free to book with the tour company of your choice! 

AURORA TOUR OPTIONS

YELLOWKNIFE HIKING TRAILS

Yellowknife and the surrounding area provides a number of hiking trails, from beginners to well-seasoned hikers.

 

To find out more, please check out ykonline.ca for 10 Hiking Trails Around Yellowknife that are among the favourites for locals.