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Northern Lights

Did you know that Churchill in northern Manitoba has the most intense auroral activity on Earth?


Last updated: by Olha Savych
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Northern lights or aurora borealis is a jaw-dropping celestial show that nature puts on during geomagnetic storms. In other words, the display happens when solar flares collide with the Earth's atmosphere. The phenomenon is the most vivid and consistent within the aurora belt which encompasses the latitudes between 60 and 75 degrees. So the northern town of Churchill set directly below the belt belongs to the world's few top spots that can capture the most stunning polar lights.

How to capture northern lights in Churchill

The town of Churchill lies on the shores of Hudson Bay and is easily reached by air from Winnipeg. Meanwhile, the capital city is served by regular flights from the US. Such a convenience only adds up to the advantages of the destination. Besides, Churchill boasts the extended season stretching for 300 days per year, while the peak time throughout Manitoba is January through March. You can take in the dancing lights from a heated viewing dome, choose the covered viewing lounge and open-air deck at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, or take a guided photo tour. Remember to grab a camera with a wide-angle lens.

Other places to hunt aurora borealis

If you're not into traveling that far north, Manitoba has some options farther south too. Visit a mining city of Flin Flon situated on the border with Saskatchewan. Another winning spot is the town of The Pas at the confluence of the Saskatchewan River and the Pasquia River. After all, northern lights may be seen as far south as Winnipeg and sometimes even further. Read more here.

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