Northern Lights of Churchill by Train

Travel by train to view the Northern Lights in Churchill

Head north on a train journey to Churchill. Embark on exciting daytime activities, like dog sledding, before chasing the mesmerizing Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) at night.

Three nights of Northern Lights viewing from three different locations

Once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience under the night sky in Dan's Diner

Sleep in a cozy Churchill hotel

Guided dogsledding and snowshoeing

Interpretive presentations & tours 

Suggested length

8 days / 7 nights


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  • Your Northern Lights Adventure Begins
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    Your Northern Lights Adventure Begins

    Known affectionately as Winter-Peg, Winnipeg was historically established as a fur trade post, but is now a vibrant, cultural hub in the heart of Canada’s prairies.

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    VIA Rail - Depart Winnipeg

    Board VIA Rail's Winnipeg-Churchill train and begin your journey north today.

  • VIA Rail - Depart Winnipeg
  • VIA Rail - Northern Manitoba
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    VIA Rail - Northern Manitoba

    Read a book, relax, and enjoy the company of your group as you travel through remote northern Manitoba. 

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    Arrive in Churchill, View the Northern Lights

    Your journey on board VIA Rail ends as you arrive in the small northern town of Churchill today, accessible only by air or rail. Start your northern lights viewing adventure!

    • Churchill Town and Area Tour
    • Itsanitaq Museum Visit
    • Northern Lights Forest Excursion
  • Arrive in Churchill, View the Northern Lights
  • Experience Churchill
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    Experience Churchill

    Over the next few days, immerse yourself in Northern life.  

    • Polar Bears International House
    • Interpretive Snow Shoe Tour
    • Northern Lights Culinary Experience
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    Explore the North, View the Lights

    Enjoy another day of extraordinary experiences in Churchill.

    • Dog Sledding Adventure
    • Northern Lights Viewing - Thanadelthur Lounge
  • Explore the North, View the Lights
  • Churchill to Winnipeg
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    Churchill to Winnipeg

    After a final day in Churchill, travel back to Winnipeg.

    • Parks Canada Centre Visit
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    Depart Winnipeg

    After checking out of your hotel, leave Winnipeg at your leisure.

  • Depart Winnipeg
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Comfort Level

Hotel Accommodations

3 Star

Activities and Northern Lights Viewing

Fully Guided


Most meals included
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Insider's tip

Canada is such a magical place in winter. Seeing the northern lights shimmer across a dark northern sky is a life-changing experience!

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What's included

Hotel accommodation
Sleeper train experience in a private cabin
Meals whilst onboard the train
Unique guided activities such as dogsledding, cultural tours and more
Guided Northern Lights viewing experiences
Train station transfers
Flight from Churchill to Winnipeg
Electronic travel documentation package
Personalized Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support

Frequently asked questions

All of our overnight train journeys feature a private cabin on board the train. In addition, you'll typically enjoy the train's viewing areas, common lounges, and dining cars where you can socialize with fellow travelers.

The Northern Lights are most commonly a greenish-yellow hue, though they can appear pink, red, blue and even violet.

Yes! In spite of its cold and snowy reputation, Canada is one of the world’s best destinations for winter sports and activities, from downhill skiing and heli-skiing (invented in Canada), to dog sledding and snowshoeing. Canada is also one of the top places on the planet to see the Northern Lights, with best viewing between November and March.

You can photograph the Northern Lights, but you will need a tripod and preferably a DSLR camera where you can control the shutter speed. A wide angle lens is also recommended to capture their full scope.

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