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.
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 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.