Best time to travel to British Columbia

Northern Lights

Choose British Columbia for a memorable visual adventure

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Last updated: by Dari Vasiljeva
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Photographers spend hours adjusting their camera settings through the coldest of nights in hopes of catching fuschia and green lights blazing across the starry night sky in the background. Time stops while the nature of British Columbia demonstrates its skills.

Best time to view northern lights

The best time to see the northern lights in British Columbia and Canada, in general, is between September and March. These months offer the longest hours of darkness throughout the year. The essential requirements for successful glaring at polar lights are northern climate, clear skies, and total darkness.

Best places to view northern lights

No matter where you are heading to, seeing northern light is always a lottery. You might reach the correct location, spend there some time and not even see the lights. But if you're in the tune for marveling at the lights, you can always look through the forecast.

Here you can find few locations where the chances to witness aurora are higher than anywhere else.

Muncho Lake Provincial Park

The more north you go, the higher chances are to see the aurora borealis. Muncho Lake Provincial Park is situated way up to Northern British Columbia along Alaska Highway. Rumor has it, you can admire the aurora borealis here year-round. However, Muncho Lake Provincial Park is located pretty far, so take a road trip to get to this gem.

Sakinaw Lake

On the shores of Sakinaw Lake, 40 km (25 mi) north of Sechelt, you can capture magnificent illuminated skies from the polar lights. Surrounded by the majestic Coast Mountains and hidden among forests of towering Sitka spruce and Douglas fir, Sakinaw Lake makes for a great place to admire the night sky.

Porteau Cove Provincial Park

Situated not far from Sea To Sky Highway in Squamish, Porteau Cove Provincial Park is a remote beach area, perfect for viewing the Northern Lights. Porteau Cove Provincial Park has opening and closing hours however so it isn't constantly accessible.

Hudson’s Hope

The shores of the Peace River near Hudson’s Hope usually offer a picturesque backdrop. The banks are often laden in a trees covered in frost and swirling mist. This effect is created by a river that doesn't freeze even at -30ºC. Hudson's Hope makes an amazing and non-trivial place to witness the dancing lights display.