Winter Aurora season is one of Yellowknife's busiest times of the year. You will enjoy the glittering Aurora dancing across the sky from a rooftop deck or while being pulled by a northern dog team on a traditional dogsled. It is a magical time to experience a true winter in the beautiful snow-covered city of Yellowknife.
Arrive in Yellowknife
Welcome to the Northwest Territories! Set in the wondrous natural surroundings of Great Slave Lake, Yellowknife is a remarkably modern city. It's a city where you can experience authentic nature and traditional culture without foregoing urban amenities. Whether you are exploring the backroads, awestruck by the Aurora Borealis, enjoying a dogsled ride, ice fishing or watching the skillful cutting of a brilliant northern diamond, we know you'll enjoy the character of the city and feel the warmth of our northern hospitality.
Aurora From the Skydeck
The Northwest Territories offers the best Aurora viewing opportunities in the world and there are a number of ways to view the Aurora.
Tonight you will join a small group and head to a rooftop viewing deck about 20 minutes from Yellowknife. The entire roof is a viewing deck where you can set up your tripod to photograph the Aurora, or just relax and enjoy the spectacle as it swirls across the sky. While you are waiting for the "show" relax in the station's lounge and enjoy a warm or cold drink and snack.
Take a city-wide tour to see all the iconic sites including: Pilots' Monument (for the best views of the city and Back Bay), the mine heritage centre, the unique Legislative Assembly and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Museum. The tour gives a great overview of this vibrant capital city.
Snowshoeing, Tubing and Dogsledding
There are many activities to do in the winter in Yellowknife. On this tour you'll drive 30 minutes outside of town to a local lodge to enjoy some winter activities. Kick start your day with an adrenaline rush! Shuffle over packed snow on snowshoes, rush down a snow-covered incline on an inflated tube, and enjoy a short dogsled ride. These are wonderful ways to see the landscape and learn more about the NWT.
Aurora Viewing From a Traditional Tipi
Your second Aurora viewing experience will involve relaxing on the edge of a small lake dotted with tipis. Pick the perfect angle to watch the lights dance across the sky. Enjoy fresh bannock and a northern specialty such as whitefish stew before or after the show. The Aurora is a natural light show caused by a blend of oxygen, nitrogen, solar wind, and magnetic fields producing 10 million megawatts of luminescent power. Beyond the science, there have been different legends handed down over the centuries. The Cree called it "The Dance of the Spirits," while in the Middle Ages it was believed to be a sign from God. Gaze up at the radiant glow and you will feel like you can reach out to touch the swirling lights.
We recommend slow morning starts because Aurora viewing can you up into the wee hours. Plan on a very late breakfast or an early lunch to start the day.
Art Gallery Tour
The Northwest Territories is a hub for authentic aboriginal arts and crafts. This guided tour will take you inside some of Yellowknife's finest galleries which feature locally made moccasins, carvings, jewellery, birch bark baskets and paintings. On the tour you'll have an opportunity to meet some eclectic local artists.
Aurora Hunting involves travelling from place to place in and around a community for an evening of Aurora viewing.
Enjoy excellent service and a small tour group for a personal, private and friendly experience. This Aurora tour will take you to a variety of places in and outside of the city to see the Aurora from different vantage points.
Depart Yellowknife in the morning.