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Northern Lights in Winnipeg 2025

In Manitoba, you can see ethereal aurora as far south as Winnipeg or even further

Best time: January–March

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Northern Lights. Taken in St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada

Spellbinding northern lights dance across the skyline when charged solar particles penetrate the magnetic shield of the earth and collide with the atmosphere. The natural show of green, purple, and other hues happens most consistently along the aurora oval. Even though southern regions of Manitoba are less likely to witness aurora borealis, sometimes ethereal artistry unfolds even in the very downtown Winnipeg.

When and where to chase northern lights?

To increase the odds while chasing this elusive but glorious phenomenon, plan your winter getaway between Manitoba's peak aurora season from January through March. Remember to follow the forecasts and choose clear and dark moonless nights, preferably outside of the city. Try your chances in the rural municipality of St. Andrews, north of Winnipeg. Be patient and ready to stay up late at night, and your efforts will eventually pay off.

Also, grab a good camera with a wide-angle lens to capture vast landscapes overhead. After all, the camera sees faint colors much better than the human eye. Without the device, you'll view the lights virtually in black and white.

If you're craving for more and don't mind traveling further north, Winnipeg is still the best place to start your journey. Famed Churchill, just below the arctic circle, is served by regular flights from the capital city.

Practical info

When is the best time to see the northern lights in Manitoba?

Northern lights' chances are highest in Manitoba during January through March, which marks the aurora season’s peak. People planning to witness the phenomenon are advised to choose clear and dark moonless nights outside of the city, keeping into account weather forecasts to increase the likelihood of viewing the aurora borealis. Show more

Where is the best place to see the northern lights in Manitoba?

Increasing the chances of seeing the northern lights in Manitoba can be done by visiting St. Andrews, north of Winnipeg, and Churchill, near the arctic circle, which are both famous for displaying aurora borealis artistry. Interested individuals can travel to St. Andrews, while Churchill can be reached through regular flights from Winnipeg. Show more

What should you keep in mind when trying to see the northern lights?

When planning to see the northern lights, it's important to plan ahead by choosing a clear and dark night, staying outside of the city and being patient. Keeping an eye on forecasts, bundling up to stay warm, and staying up late as the aurora borealis can be elusive and unpredictable are also advised. Show more

Can you see the northern lights in Winnipeg?

It's feasible to see the northern lights in downtown Winnipeg, especially between January and March. However, the chances of witnessing aurora borealis artistry are lower compared to more northern regions like St. Andrews and Churchill that are recommended to increase the likelihood of seeing the natural light display. Show more

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Authors: Olha Savych