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The Best Spots to See the Northern Lights

From Quebec City to Finland, here's where to shoot for the stars.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Photo: Antti Pietikäinen/visit Finland mediabank

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Lapland, Finland

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

Quebec City

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.

Jasper Planetarium


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.

Churchill Northern Studies Centre

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

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.”



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