It starts with waves of green, rippling over the horizon. Fringes of purple and red begin to illuminate the edges, the display growing more vibrant minute-by-minute. Soon, the Yukon sky is alight with the full power of the aurora borealis; colours weave an otherworldly tapestry as electrons from the sun collide with the Earth’s upper atmosphere. It’s an impressive first night on your Yukon adventure—and the following days are set to unveil an expansive wildlife preserve, soothing natural hot springs, cultural explorations of Whitehorse and exciting outdoor recreation. Welcome to Arctic Range Adventure: Yukon’s Best Value Aurora Viewing | Wildlife & Hot Springs—a three-night excursion based in historic Whitehorse where days are full of guided excursions and nights are rich with the magic of the Northern Lights.
Why you should visit
- Travel to Whitehorse, Yukon during peak aurora-activity season for three nights of Northern Lights viewing and daily guided tours.
- Keep cozy at the Aurora Centre during nightly excursions—located just 20 minutes from Whitehorse and home to a campfire, heated yurts and teepees and comfort facilities.
- Learn about this majestic natural phenomenon from an engaging guide; return home with a framed photograph of the auroras in full illumination.
- Tour the Yukon Wildlife Preserve to see animals such as Dall’s sheep, muskox, moose and more; soak in soothing natural pools at nearby Takhini Hot Springs.
- Freely explore Whitehorse—home to the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site, Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre and unique buildings such as the Old Log Church Museum and Log Cabin Skyscraper.
- Stay in downtown Whitehorse with easy walking access to the shops of Main Street and restaurants serving classic northern cuisine such as bison, Arctic char, caribou and salmon.
- Book an optional day-tour: dogsledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are popular during winter; excursions to Kluane National Park or a train ride to Skagway, Alaska are offered in autumn.
Expect mild to cold weather during the autumn season (August to October) and very cold weather during the winter season (November to April). Average daily temperatures are approximately 13°C (August), 7°C (September), 1°C (October), -9°C (November), -13°C (December), -15°C (January), -13°C (February), -6°C (March) and 1°C (April). Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
- Reserve Arctic Range Adventure: Yukon’s Best Value Aurora Viewing | Wildlife & Hot Springs directly through the operator.
- Includes hotel accommodation, three nights of aurora borealis viewing, guided excursion to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Takhini Hot Springs, airport transfer in Whitehorse and a framed photograph souvenir.
- Optional day tours can be booked through the operator ahead of time or onsite at the Arctic Range Adventure reservations counter in the Westmark Whitehorse Hotel.
- Tour operates from August 15 to October 15 and November 15 to April 15.
- Restaurants, attractions and all services are available in Whitehorse.
When to go
- Visit from August to October for vibrant fall foliage, warmer temperatures and longer days.
- Visit from November to April to experience the Yukon winter, with opportunities for snow-sports excursions as well as longer nights and colder temperatures.
- Yurts and teepees at the Aurora Centre are heated throughout the operating seasons.
Need to know
- As a group tour experience, the Aurora Centre hosts up to 100 guests; daytime excursions typically see between two and 20 guests.
- Guests are required to walk short distances over lightly varied terrain at the Aurora Centre; accompanied children over the age of three are welcome.
- Winter apparel can be rented for an additional fee.
- Language services include English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Spanish.
- Arctic Range Adventure guarantees three-star accommodation in Whitehorse.
- Arctic Range Adventure: Yukon’s Best Value Aurora Viewing Tour starts and finishes in Whitehorse, Yukon.
- Although connected to the rest of Canada via all-season highway, Whitehorse is typically accessed via Erik Nielson Whitehorse International Airport (YXY).
- Bus transportation to Whitehorse is available from all cities/towns and airports.