The best place to see Aurora Borealis in Canada

Canada’s Yukon province is considered one of the best places in the world to view the majestic Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). On this incredible winter adventure, spend four nights in awe as the Northern Lights ripple across the dark, starry sky above you. During the day, participate in exciting winter activities and discover Whitehorse’s frontier history.

Suggested length

7 days / 6 nights

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When to go

December - March

Highlights of your trip

Experience the mystical Aurora Borealis firsthand

Discover the stunning landscape of the Yukon

Explore Whitehorse on your style of tour with optional activities each day 

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Keep warm by the fire

A roaring fire, indoor seating area, and winter clothing rentals keep you comfortable while you wait for the Northern Lights to appear.

Trip Itinerary

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Arrive Vancouver
Day 01

Arrive Vancouver

Welcome to our hometown — a famously lovely west coast city, surrounded by mountains and ocean. 

Into the North – Vancouver to Whitehorse
Day 02

Into the North – Vancouver to Whitehorse

Head north to Whitehorse, one of North America's best Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) viewing locations. Whitehorse has low precipitation levels — it is practically a desert — which means little cloud cover and maximum viewing time!

  • Flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse
  • Whitehorse Arrival and Northern Lights Viewing
Discover Whitehorse and its Wildlife
Day 03

Discover Whitehorse and its Wildlife

Explore the Yukon's largest city, set on the mighty Yukon river. Learn about the history of Whitehorse, the land and its people. Finish your day by gazing into the dark sky and searching for the Aurora Borealis. 

  • Wildlife Preserve Tour

    See animals in their natural habitat on this guided tour. You might spot Dall sheep, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, woodland caribou, wood bison, musk-ox and moose. 

Outdoor Adventures in Whitehorse
Day 04

Outdoor Adventures in Whitehorse

Embrace life in the Canadian north with an outdoor winter activity — one of the many activities Yukoners have been doing for decades. Later, enjoy another evening of Northern Lights viewing. 

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  • Half Day Dog Sledding Experience

    Meet a team of friendly huskies waiting to whisk you across the snowy tundra. Learn how to harness the dogs and hitch them to the sled before driving your own team. 

  • Ice Fishing and Snowshoeing Tour

    Snowshoe along the frozen lakeside, and search for the perfect ice fishing spot. Step onto the lake and fish for Trout or Grayling through a hole in the ice. 

Winter Adventures in the Yukon
Day 05

Winter Adventures in the Yukon

Spend one final day in Whitehorse. Hugged by the banks of the Yukon River, Whitehorse is the perfect base for winter adventures.

    You have 2 options to choose from today:
  • Half Day Snowmobile Tour

    Snowmobile through the Yukon’s unspoiled wilderness and discover places not easily accessible by foot, snowshoe or dog team. 

  • Interpretive Walking Tour

    With a knowledgeable guide, walk through the Yukon’s boreal forest to the banks of the Yukon River. Learn about the animals and plants that live in the boreal forest and their wintering strategies.

Return to the West Coast – Whitehorse to Vancouver
Day 06

Return to the West Coast – Whitehorse to Vancouver

Your Yukon winter experience finishes as you head to the airport for your flight back to Vancouver. Watch the changing landscape on your journey to the West Coast. 

  • Flight from Whitehorse to Vancouver
Departure from Vancouver
Day 07

Departure from Vancouver

All too soon, your Fresh Tracks Canada vacation comes to an end upon check-out of your Vancouver Airport hotel.

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Accommodations

These are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.
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Best Western Gold Rush Inn

Example of a Comfort hotel in Whitehorse

The Best Western Gold Rush Inn is a historic hotel in downtown Whitehorse. Restaurants, museums, and shops are within walking distance.

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Spend time in Vancouver

Spend time in Vancouver

Vancouver's mild climate, large outdoor spaces and diverse neighbourhoods attract visitors year-round. Add on a couple of extra nights here, so you have time to explore the city.

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What’s Included

Hotel accommodation
Return airfare from Vancouver to Whitehorse
Transfers in Whitehorse, between airport and hotel
Unique guided activities such as dogsledding, cultural tours and more
Guided Northern Lights viewing experiences
Electronic travel documentation package
Personalized Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support

Frequently Asked Questions

Although Whitehorse, and the Yukon in general, is an incredible spot for Northern Llghts viewing, the lights aren’t visible every night. Your chances are high, but because this is nature, nothing is guaranteed.

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.

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.

Absolutely! We personalize all our clients’ trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you’d like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don’t interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

Your trip can be as rich as you’d like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can customize your trip and decide what you’d like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we’ll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you’re traveling with a group, we’ll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

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Free Hotel Night + Hotel Upgrade + Fine-Dining

Enjoy a free hotel night in select destinations — as well as a complimentary hotel upgrade — during your qualifying 2023 train vacation. Plus, we'll include a fine-dining experience!

Travel between January 1 – October 31, 2023

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Insider Tips

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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