Northern Lights in the Yukon

Yukon, Canada

The northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) are a northern celestial light show that illuminate Yukon nights between August and April.

Pulsating streamers of green, yellow, magenta and blue arch and sway overhead as you take in the show from the comfort of your cosy cabin, viewing deck or steaming hot tub.

The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.

The Yukon enjoys some of the most lively and predictable displays of aurora borealis in the circumpolar North. Researchers have also discovered that auroral activity is cyclic, peaking roughly every 11 years. The next peak period is 2013 so there's no better time to go!

Winter in the north is generally a good season to view lights. The long periods of darkness and the frequency of clear nights provide many good opportunities to watch the auroral displays. Usually the best time of night (on clear nights) to watch for auroral displays is around midnight

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