15 of the best spots to catch the northern lights in Canada

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Canada is prime territory if you’re an admirer of the northern lights. And, let’s be honest, who isn’t? This astonishing natural phenomenon can be experienced at a variety of interesting locations across the country, and here are some of the best places to witness the magic.


Athabasca Country, Alberta

Located between Edmonton and Fort McMurray, this rural Northern Alberta region is home to Athabasca University’s Geophysical Observatory, which is just one of just 18 stations in North America studying the magnetic effects of the aurora borealis. If the view of the northern lights is enough to captivate top scientists, it will definitely enchant the average tourist. The observatory at the university is not open to the public, but the surrounding region is a beautiful spot to cross-country ski or snowshoe while you watch the skies.

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