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Northern Lights in Saskatchewan

The beautiful aurora borealis phenomenon can be frequently viewed north of Saskatoon

Best time: October–late March

Northern Lights

Saskatchewan residents are lucky to regularly observe the elusive northern lights dancing in the skies. The phenomenon is caused by geomagnetic activity and can be seen the best from October through March. Check with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website for their aurora borealis forecast to know the right time to go on an aurora chase. You can connect with fellow aurora chasers via social networks or book a tour with one of Saskatchewan operators to go to a wilderness resort, on a dog-sledding adventure, or a snowmobiling trip under glowing skies. If you are based in Saskatoon, there is a good chance you can see aurora borealis right from the rooftop in downtown or from one of the city's 200 parks. Some of the most popular locations in the city include Lakewood Park, Sutherland Beach Recreational Area, or Meewasin Valley Trail, south of the downtown. If you have time to get out of the city, you can travel North of Saskatoon to get the most out of your aurora borealis hunt. One of the popular locations is Prince Albert National Park. The large park occupies 3,874 sq km (1,496 sq mi) in the central part of the province in about 120 mi(200 km) north of Saskatoon. Visit Waskesiu Lake, Christopher Lake, or Emma Lake to make beautiful Northern Lights reflection photos.

Practical info

What time of the year is the best for viewing Northern Lights in Saskatchewan?

Between October and late March, the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis in Saskatchewan can be witnessed at its peak. Geomagnetic activity is at its peak during this period, making Aurora more vivid and frequent. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's aurora borealis forecast is consulted to accurately predict the best time to chase aurora borealis. Show more

Which are some popular locations in Saskatoon to witness the Northern Lights?

Saskatoon has over 200 parks that are great locations to observe Northern Lights, especially in the northern areas of the city. Lakewood Park, Sutherland Beach Recreational Area, or Meewasin Valley Trail, situated in the south of the downtown, are popular viewing destinations. However, the best viewing experience is achieved while travelling North of Saskatoon to Prince Albert National Park, where Waskesiu Lake, Christopher Lake, and Emma Lake are perfect places to watch the Northern Lights. Show more

Which activities can be enjoyed while going on an aurora borealis tour in Saskatchewan?

Saskatchewan is an ideal destination for an Aurora borealis tour. Aurora watchers can engage in various activities like watching the Northern Lights on dog-sledding adventures, snowmobiling, or guided snowshoeing tours. Visitors can also opt to go on a wilderness resort adventure to witness the Northern Lights in style. Exploring the vast and beautiful natural prairies and boreal forests of Saskatchewan is a must-do activity while hunting for the Northern Lights. Show more

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