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Northern Lights in Yellowknife

Find out why Yellowknife is one of the best places on the planet to see aurora borealis

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Last updated: by Olga Valchyshen
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Yellowknife is the capital of Canadian Northwest Territories, located on the Northern shore of Great Slave Lake. It lies just 512 km (318 mi) from the Arctic Circle and enjoys clear weather during most of the winter. Its dark. long and crisp winter nights are perfect for viewing beautiful northern lights. Since the season runs from mid-November to early April, visitors also have a good chance to see the lights in autumn and early spring. The city of Yellowknife is equipped with special Northern Lighthouses. These are small lighthouses, scattered throughout the city, alerting residents to go out and marvel at the skies colored with dancing lights. There are plenty of spots throughout the city to watch the northern lights. If an aurora alert caught you downtown, you can head to Bush Pilots Monument, located up the hill in Raccine Park, Old Town. The elevation gives you a panoramic view of the area and the aurora over it. Tincan Hill Recreation Area is another great spot featuring a lookout over Great Slave Lake. If you have time to get out of the city, you can go to the Fred Henne Territorial Park located on Highway 3. The campground in the park suits perfectly for an aurora hunt. Prosperous Lake Territorial Park, Madeline Lake, and Prelude Lake Territorial Park are other scenic spots that can be easily reached from Yellowknife.