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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Watch the aurora borealis from the comfort of your bed at this remote hotel on the road to the Barents Sea. Anti-frost glass igloos ensure crystal-clear viewing down to -40°C and, in case you nod off, opt in to phone alerts for when the sky is lighting up.
Astrolab, Parc National du Mont-Mégantic
Dress warmly for a snowshoe hike along 3.5 kilometres of torchlit trails with unobstructed views, finishing up with a guided look at the sky. Or hop aboard the shuttle to the 1,105-metre summit for down-to-the-horizon views of auroras and the Milky Way.
Sky watchers flock to the world’s second-largest Dark Sky Preserve, where the northern lights dance brightly at least once a week. Walk out under the lights and peer through the largest telescopes in the Rockies on the Jasper Planetarium’s weekly stargazing tour.
Photo: David Marx
Churchill Northern Studies Centre
Rippling curtains of green, white and red take centre stage overhead on almost every clear night in winter. Enlighten yourself with the Winter Skies learning vacation: five nights at the place where scientists come to study the northern lights, with nightly lectures as you watch from front-row seats under a glass dome. Sessions are timed to the phases of the moon to ensure peak viewing.
Shooting for the Stars With Photographer Joannie Lafrenière
Photo: Dominic Berthiaume
“For successful northern lights photos, use a tripod when shooting with a DSLR camera. It will allow you to keep the camera steady during long exposures and freeze this natural phenomenon in time.”