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


Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Given there’s a 90 percent probability of viewing the aurora borealis here in winter, it’s no wonder why Yellowknife is considered the most popular Northern Lights destination in Canada. The nights are generally clear and free of precipitation, the landscape is flat and lacking in obstructions, and because it’s situated directly under the auroral oval, the stunning light displays appear overhead instead of along the horizon. Yellowknife Tours is one of the biggest tour operators in the city, offering multi-day adventures with nightly northern light displays. While you admire the night sky you can cruise on a snowmobile, experience a wild dog sled ride, or enjoy some ice fishing.

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