The lights have been around since the earth formed its atmosphere and the times of dinosaurs and early man. But they are only viewable beneath the Auroral Oval, a continuous oval-zone of energy-charged particles that encircle the magnetic North Pole....read more
Nahanni National Park Reserve protects a portion of the Mackenzie Mountains Natural Region offering the adventurous visitor a wilderness experience. A key feature of the park is the Naha Dehé. Four great canyons line this spectacular whitewater river...read more
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Northern Lights Viewing Northwest Territories The lights have been around since the earth formed its atmosphere and the times of dinosaurs and early man. But they are only viewable beneath the Auroral Oval, a continuous oval-zone of energy-charged particles that encircle the magnetic North Pole. The Aurora borealis display is at its very best and most intense, in the Northwest Territories, where it sits directly beneath this amazing Auroral Oval. Near Yellowknife NWT, it boasts over 240 potential Aurora-viewing days, when the solar winds are at their most active and the clear, dark nights of the subarctic make the very best backdrop for these ghostly shows of dancing light. We offer two locations to view the aurora borealis in the Northwest Territories. View this spectacular
light show from a lodge or at a special viewing location outside the city limits of Yellowknife.
Aurora Facts What is the Aurora?
The sun gives off high-energy charged
particles (also called ions) that travel
out into space at speeds of 300 to
1200 kilometres per second. A cloud
of such particles is called a plasma.
The stream of plasma coming from the
sun is known as the solar wind. As the
solar wind interacts with the edge of
the earth's magnetic field, some of the
particles are trapped by it and they
follow the lines of magnetic force
down into the ionosphere (the section
of the earth's atmosphere that extends
from about 60 to 600 kilometres
above the earth's surface, where the Lights are visible). When the
particles collide with the gases in the
ionosphere they start to glow, producing
the spectacle that we know as the
auroras.The array of colours consists
of red, green, blue and violet. The
most common Colour is a ghostly
green, given off by oxygen atoms.
Oxygen is also responsible for the
brownish red colour. Auroras that are
very intense, often have purple edges,
that are caused by a red and blue
mixture of nitrogen emissions.
The Northern Lights are constantly in
motion because of the changing
interaction between the solar wind
and the earth's magnetic field.
It is not possible to preduct auroral
activity very far in advance, but if the
weather is clear, chances are pretty
good that you will see Aurora Borealis
in the Northwest Territories between
September and Early April, but is at its
most vivid from December to March
when the nights are the longest,and
the sky its very darkest.
Why Choose The Northwest Territories Aurora watchers from
around the world come to the Northwest Territories to catch this cosmic phenomenon. That is because this amazing display is at its most
brilliant and most frequent in this area. The Northwest Territories are fortunate enough to lie directly beneath the Auroral Oval, a
huge corona of energy that encircles the North Magnetic Pole, creating unrivalled displays of Northern Lights. The Yellowknife area is
the largest inhabited area of Canada where you can see the aurora at its most dazzling.
This allows you to view this spectacular light
show in comfort with all the modern amenities at your disposal. The relatively dry climate of the Northwest Territories means a high
percentage of cloud-free viewing nights not always found at other coastal viewing locations. This is why people from all over the
world descend on the Northwest Territories every year to view this natural wonder.
Tours to view the aurora borealis from Yellowknife Experience fabulous aurora borealis viewing near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, is located directly under the ‘Aurora Oval’, a narrow band encircling the polar reaches of the globe in which the mysterious coloured lights of the aurora borealis are at their most brilliant. Coupled with its clear nights, this favorable geographic location makes Yellowknife consistently one of the best places in the world for aurora viewing. The ideal location of this city is the reason clients, who book at least three
consecutive nights of aurora viewing, have enjoyed a success rate of at least 95% over the past five years....find out more
View the aurora borealis from a fly-in lodge One may ask why not just stay in Yellowknife and view aurora? To experience northern lights to the fullest potential
you have to get away from city lights and the "light glow" of any populated area. This lodge is fly in only -- there are no
other camps or cabins within many miles -- you are in the true wilderness with no light obstructions to hinder your view of
the aurora. The main lodge was designed with aurora viewing in mind. All bedrooms offer prime viewing as do the dining, lounge
areas, aurora room, decks, sauna deck and hot tub. The 2 night package includes special Aurora education and basic photography
presentation, free AuroraWatch (wake up) service...find out more
Nahanni National Park Reserve protects a portion of the Mackenzie Mountains Natural Region offering the adventurous visitor a wilderness experience. A key feature of the park is the Naha Dehé (South Nahanni River). Four great canyons line this spectacular whitewater river. At Nailicho (Virginia Falls) the river plunges in a thunderous plume. The park's sulphur hotsprings, alpine tundra, mountain ranges, and forests of spruce and aspen are home to many species of birds, fish and mammals.
Wood Buffalo National Park, at 44,807 km2, Wood
Buffalo National Park is Canada's largest national park and one of the largest in the world. It was established in
1922 to protect the last remaining herds of bison in northern Canada. Today, it protects an
outstanding and representative example of Canada's Northern Boreal Plains.
Go Back in Time
The present-day territory was created in 1870, when the Hudson's Bay Company transferred Rupert's Land and North-Western Territory to the government of Canada. This immense region comprised all of modern Canada except British Columbia, the coast of the Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence River valley and the southern third of Quebec,