Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights is one of the most beautiful sights in the world and on everyone’s bucket list. Many people wait years, even a lifetime, to witness this unique celestial display, but you can experience it by applying for a working holiday visa to Canada. Most people think of Iceland when they think of northern lights not knowing that Canada has some spectacular spots to witness northern lights on a Canada working holiday visa coupled with its natural surrounding beauty. This dramatic and brilliant display of color is caused when the sun’s charged particles (mainly electrons and protons) get trapped in the Earth’s magnetic field. These particles get ionized and start interacting with each other, creating a brilliant blaze of lights, visible in the night sky in shades of blue, purple, yellow, red, green or pink. Here, we’ve picked the best places in Canada for you to admire Mother Nature’s light show.
Yellowknife is the best place in the world to view the Northern Lights. There’s a 90% chance you will see them in the less-populated Canadian territory because of the city’s clear nights, flat landscape, and position directly under the auroral oval. Visit Yellowknife from mid-November to April for the best viewing opportunity. Great Slave Lake, just outside the city, is a popular viewing area, as is Aurora Village. To see the Northern Lights in British Columbia, you have to head far away from Vancouver. Northern BC is the best place to view them, in places such as Muncho Lake Provincial Park. The isolated park, located close to the Yukon border and off the Alaska Highway, reportedly has aurora sightings year-round. A 19th-century fishing village, Battle Harbour is located on the eastern coast of an island in the Labrador Sea in Canada. Its isolated location and lack of pollution has aided in making it one of the great spots to witness the Northern Lights in Canada. Avid Aurora chasers should keep in mind that this port village is only open from June to September, but during those months you will find many nighttime tours where visitors can take photos of the Northern Lights with the picturesque village in the foreground. Yukon is known as the topmost destination to view the Northern Lights. The province is sparsely populated and the smallest and westernmost of Canada’s three territories. Yukon’s capital is Whitehorse, which is situated along the banks of the Yukon river between two Aboriginal communities, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and Kwanlin Dün First Nation. Blessed with spectacular scenery around every corner this city is one of the most accessible places to view the Northern Lights in Canada. Whitehorse has unique Aurora glass chalets for the ultimate viewing experience. Churchill, Manitoba,also known as World’s Polar Bear capital, Churchill is located in northern Manitoba, Canada, on the west shore of Hudson Bay. It is situated perfectly right below the Aurora Oval.
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