The Northern Lights Shine

Yellowknife is the best location in the world for viewing the aurora borealis. As the nights grow longer, the green, red and mauve lights of aurora borealis, or northern lights, are absolutely brilliant in their dance across the sky.

The AuroraMAX Project

North's Auroral Activity Forecast

The aurora results from forms of electromagnetic energy which are drawn to the earth's poles, literally charging the atmosphere and causing it to glow. Despite the crisp -40, (at that temperature Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales are the same) which is not uncommon in the heart of a Yellowknife winter, we have thousands of international visitors who come to be awe-inspired. Tours to view the aurora from outside the city limits are available starting in the autumn and continue throughout the winter months.

To learn about available aurora tours, click on the company names in the menu below in order to see more information about them. You can also right click on the links to open their individual listings in a new tab or window.