Province/Territory: Northwest Territories

Aurora Viewing by Dog Team

  • 150 Alaskan huskies
  • 01 million mile-per-hour solar winds
  • 2500 km globe-top ring of shimmering lights

Help hitch up a furry pack of enthusiastic huskies, then slide into the sled. Dash across moonlit snow with your experienced Beck’s Kennels’ musher to a cozy cabin beneath the stars. When the coloured ribbons of Mother Nature’s lightshow begin to shimmy across the sky, slip into a heavy parka and head outside. Giant electrical storms formed by solar flares, the Aurora Borealis is brightest on winter nights above Yellowknife where they seem so close you feel you could reach and touch them. Step inside to warm up with hot drinks, soup and bannock.

Mush back to the lodge at 3 am or stay overnight, enjoying dinner and breakfast at the cabin. Or savour the solitude of the wilderness, spending several days and nights in heated prospector tents or cottages. During daytime, get to know the friendly dogs belonging to world champion dogsledder Grant Beck, a fifth generation musher. Learn to drive your own team along snowy trails. Slip on a numbered bib and challenge your friends to a sled race. Head to a traditional trapper’s tent on a secluded lake to hear stories about the trapping life in front of a crackling woodstove that reminds you of the rippling light displays that will again brighten the night skies.

Why you should visit
  • Learning to mush your own team of dogs.
  • Counting the colours of the aurora borealis.
  • Howling with wolves.
  • Ice fishing on Great Slave Lake the First Nations’ way.
  • Heading on a multi-day dog team expedition staying in toasty prospector tents or cabins.
  • Competing with friends at your own private dog sled race.
  • Venturing to an aboriginal community to see herds of buffalo roam.
  • Snowshoeing along a nature trail.
  • Dogsledding to a trapper’s outpost for storytelling and a glimpse at a traditional way of life.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Rates and dates.
  • Peek at Yellowknife’s Northern Lights via AuroraMAX, a live online observatory from the Canadian Space Agency.
When to go
  • The Northern Lights are at their brightest during winter’s darkest nights, from November through May.
Need to know
  • Tours begin in early evening with a dogsled ride to a cabin in the wilderness.
  • Bring warm clothing including parka, boots, mitts and a hat for the trip or rent winter clothing, included in most packages.
  • All services including banks, shops, a post office, restaurants and hotels are available in the NWT capital of Yellowknife.
Getting Here