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There's a good chance to see aurora borealis in Nova Scotia


Last updated: by Olga Valchyshen
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Nova Scotia is located in the southeastern part of Canada, so the northern lights phenomenon is not as regular here as in Yukon or Northwest Territories. However, there's still a good chance to see it during the periods of high geomagnetical activity. Northern lights appear in the skies when the so-called solar wind interacts with the magnetic field of the Earth. They could be seen better during the darker period from September through March. Since geomagnetic activity is usually on the rise during fall and spring equinoxes, the months of September, October as well as March are considered to be the best time to see the phenomenon. Keep track of special websites, like National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), for a precise aurora forecast in your area. Nova Scotia is surrounded by water, which gives it an advantage in an aurora borealis hunt. It also has several beautiful nature preserves without light pollution where the skies are the darkest. Northern areas naturally have better visibility of the aurora. Like, Meat Cove village, located the northernmost tip of Cape Breton Island, surrounded by beautiful jagged cliffs. Nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park offers more places to view northern lights. Thanks to the coastal location Five Islands Provincial Park is another perfect place to spot the aurora. The park located in Colchester County includes the small islands of Moose, Diamond, Long, Pinnacle, and Egg – all of them located just off the coast. Pinnacle Rock is one of the landmarks of the Five Islands. Port Maitland Beach located in the Yarmouth and Acadian Shores features beautiful sand dunes and suits well for observing the skies over the ocean. The vast Kejimkujik National Park is located on the southwest of the Nova Scotia peninsula and also serves well for an aurora hunt.