Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that can be seen throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The Aurora Borealis have been unexplained by man for thousands of years until recently, and many people flock to several countries throughout the Northern Hemisphere to experience this wonder. So, where can tourists go to capture the full beauty of the Aurora Borealis?

The best view of these beautiful lights can be found throughout Canada’s tundra’s, wilderness, and mountains.

A year-round view of the Northern Lights can be seen in Canada, and the further north you travel the more spectacular the lights become. You can experience the lights anywhere in Canada especially within the Nunavut, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.

Northwest Territories

Just east of Yellowknife is where we go and view the northern lights. Yellowknife can be found in the Northwest Territories amidst Canada’s wilderness, and many people have named it the best place to view the lights.

When to Catch the Lights

 Of course, the Aurora Borealis can best be seen once the nights have turned long. Fall and winter are the top seasons to see one of mother nature’s supreme celestial wonders. Late September through March are the typical winter months in Canada in which you can view the Northern Lights. Communities in Northern Canada must wait until late fall and winter to view the lights because their summers are filled with daylight for almost up to twenty-four full hours.

Unfortunately, the Northern Lights forecast can only be predicted up to four to five days, but forecasts have been made available by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and most of the time tourists are able to view the lights in a clear, star-filled sky. During the fall and winters of 2013 and 2014 it is said to be the peak viewing times… so you do not want to miss these peak years of solar light viewing.

Seen by the Inuit as a spiritual sign that represented their dead loved ones and unborn children and used at times by others to predict the weather, the Northern Lights have inspired for centuries.

See our workshop page for our trip in September of 2014 with Rod Barbee.


Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: