If you are planning to visit Whitehorse, Yukon then you must not miss seeing the northern lights. It is an amazing natural phenomena that has kept people spellbound for ages. It is one of the best places in Canada to witness such a wonderful view.
The best time to see the northern lights in Whitehorse is autumn. You need the sky to be dark to view the lights. In summer, there is midnight sun in Yukon, that is, the sun doesn’t set even at midnight; so it’s not the perfect time to see the lights. From November to March, the nights are long and dark, so you will be able to view the northern lights properly then.
To have the proper view of the northern lights, you need to be outside of a city. Whitehorse is the most populated city in the Yukon territory.
The best way to see the northern lights it is a good idea to go into the wilderness.
One way to do this is to find a good tour guide to take you to the right place for viewing northern lights. The guide will know the best places to go where you can wait for the lights to appear. It can also be a good idea to bring food and drinks. This will keep you warm while waiting outside in the cold night. If going with a guide they can even tell stories about the northern light, so you will learn scientific facts about it also.
There are other interesting activities to do like riding on a dog sled or taking a bath in outdoors hot tubs while looking at the sky for the northern lights. There are accommodation options in the wilderness also if you wish to spend a couple of nights outside of a city to observe the northern lights. You might even be able to see the lights from your hotel windows if you are lucky. And then there is the chance to see the beautiful Yukon valley as well.
If you chose to stay at a hotel in Whitehorse, instead, you there are other benefits. There are plenty of good restaurants to eat. One can will also be able to do various kinds of activities during the day at Whitehorse.
Do not forget to take photos of the northern lights. The green light and its shades can be difficult to capture. But if you read some blogs about how to photograph the northern lights and have a decent camera, it is possible. However, be prepared that it could take a days or even weeks before is appears.
Many people visit Whitehorse just to see the northern lights. Make sure that to book a hotel and tour operator well in advance.