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exploring the magnificent northern lights in canada

Exploring the Magnificent Northern Lights in Canada  

exploring the magnificent northern lights in canada

Exploring the Magnificent Northern Lights in Canada  

Step into the enchanting world of the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. These mesmerizing lights are a result of charged particles from the sun colliding with Earth’s magnetic field. This article will introduce the Northern Lights, the top locations to spot them, and some tips for the best viewing experience. 

Do you know how the Northern Lights are formed? 

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a natural light display that occur in the northern polar regions of the Earth. Auroras in the southern hemisphere are called southern lights, or aurora australis. This phenomenon is caused by the interaction between charged particles from the sun and the Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere. The auroras form when small charged particles collide with gases found in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The auroras are created through these collisions, and produce colourful light that seems to move throughout the sky. These charged particles are directed towards the poles by the Earth’s magnetic field, forming two auroral ovals surrounding the North and South Magnetic Poles. Consequently, the northern sky showcases auroras nightly from August to May. The Earth’s magnetic field shapes these phenomena while acting as a shield guarding against solar wind. Occasionally, when the solar wind intensifies and breaks the magnetic field, the particles can interact with gases, and produce the auroras. Typically, heightened solar activity correlates with more vibrant auroras, and a greater extension over northern Canada, stretching South. 

3 best places to see Northern Lights & Northern Light Tours 

1) Yellowknife, Northwest Territories 

Yellowknife is referred to as the Aurora capital of North America. This is due to its optimal location underneath the aurora oval. This region also often boasts clear skies which reduce the likelihood of cloud cover obstructing your view. Yellowknife also offers an extended Northern Lights viewing season, from late August to early April. 

Aurora Hunting Tour: This is a five day tour package in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. This tour includes accommodations, a guide, snacks, and transportation. 

2) Whitehorse, Yukon Territory  

The Yukon is an ideal location for viewing the Aurora Borealis, due to its yearly low levels of rain. Travelers can enjoy dogsledding, ice fishing, and snowmobiling in this region. 

Whitehorse Northern Lights Tour: This is an eight day tour through Whitehorse, Yukon Territory that includes accommodations, a tour guide, and a cabin viewing experience. 

3) Churchill, Manitoba 

Churchill is found in the Canadian arctic, offering various winter activities, tours, and a spectacular sight of the Aurora Borealis. The best time to visit Churchill is during the winter, and visitors are urged to cross the Churchill River to watch the Auroras in comfort. 

Northern Lights of Churchill Tour: This tour includes six days in the Canadian arctic, with three nights of Northern Light viewing. This tour includes accommodations as well as guided dog sledding and snowshoeing. 

Tips for Viewing the Northern Lights 

  • Tune into your local weather forecasts to ensure that the Northern Lights are visible when you are looking to watch them. There are even Aurora Forecast apps/websites for this. 
  • The Northern Lights are the most prevalent during the first few weeks of winter. 
  • Make sure the night is dark, and clear (preferably moonless). 
  • The best viewing experience is between 10pm-3am. 
  • If you are trying to view the Northern Lights from a city, drive out of town, or anywhere where you can avoid the city lights. 

Source: What are the Northern Lights, Whitehorse Northern Lights Tour, Northern Lights Tours, Aurora Hunting Tour, Rockies and Northern Lights Experience, Northern Lights of Churchill Tour, Tips for Viewing the Northern Lights
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