One of the best places to see Aurora Borealis in Canada
Many people dream of witnessing the mystical Aurora Borealis first hand. Canada’s northerly Yukon territory is considered one of the best places in the world to view these majestic lights. Right now, the Yukon is only open to travellers from BC, which makes this winter a good time to witness this natural wonder.
On this incredible winter adventure, spend 4 nights in awe as the Northern Lights ripple across the dark, starry sky above you. During the day, enjoy charming Whitehorse’s unique frontier history and thriving arts scene along with exciting winter activities.
5 Days / 4 Nights
Vancouver to Whitehorse → 4 nights Whitehorse → Whitehorse to Vancouver
Experience the mystical Aurora Borealis first hand
Explore Whitehorse on your style of tour with optional activities
Rest assured our hotels and tour operators are adhering to Canada’s public health and safety guidelines to make sure you stay well while checking the Northern Lights off your bucket list.
Is this an escorted tour?
Our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.
Can this trip be made shorter or longer?
Absolutely! We personalize all our clients' trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you'd like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don't interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.
Can I customize this trip?
Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can get your FREE personalized trip plan and decide what you'd like to see and do.
If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.
Where am I staying on this trip?
You'll be staying at various local three to five star hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.
How much does my trip cost?
All our trips are personalized to fit our clients' schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. Please request your personalized quote which will provide you with the detailed information you need.
What is included in the price?
Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any questions.
What are the best ways to travel around Canada?
Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.
When is the best time to see wildlife?
That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.
This Trip in Pictures
Spend four full nights in the Yukon to maximize your Aurora Viewing – a once in a lifetime sight.
A roaring fire and an indoor seating area keep you comfortable during your viewing.
Choose a thrilling dogsledding adventure – gliding over ice and snow behind your team.
The Yukon provides amazing scenery and wildlife at every turn.
This itinerary is packed with adventure and you won't want to miss a single moment.
Travel between Whitehorse and Vancouver on the Yukon’s airline, Air North.
Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized trip plan for you that matches your travel style, schedule and budget.
Day 1 – Vancouver to Whitehorse for Northern Lights Viewing Fly north to the Yukon, with our partner Air North, to begin your Northern Lights adventure. After arriving in Whitehorse, you’ll be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your downtown hotel. Before setting out later this evening for your first Aurora tour, there will be time for an information meeting.
Insider Tip: The Yukon can get cold in the winter time and you need to make sure that you are properly dressed for the cold. If you are not sure if you have the right winter clothing at home, be sure to discuss with your vacation advisor. We can offer you a full winter clothing package rental option.
Later tonight join a small group and venture to a secluded wilderness cabin where you’ll enjoy hot drinks and snacks inside or by the campfire, waiting for the lights to appear. As you learn about the folklore and science surrounding the lights, something will catch your eye. Soon you’ll see the dancing colored arcs of the Aurora Borealis above you. After a thrilling evening of Northern Lights viewing you will be transported back to your hotel, arriving between 2:30am and 3:00am.
Insider tip: Dinner tonight is on your own. Ask your Vacation Coordinator for their top restaurant recommendation to start your trip off right.
Overnight in Whitehorse.
Day 2 – Whitehorse Exploration and Evening Aurora Viewing Rest up this morning after your thrilling night of Aurora viewing. Later today, you’ve got 2 experiences to help orient you to Whitehorse:
• Included: Whitehorse Orientation Tour Today, enjoy an orientation tour of Whitehorse featuring the Main Street, Train Depot of the White Pass and Yukon Route, Yukon Visitor Information Center, Log Skyscraper, Log Church, Sternwheeler SS Klondike, Fish ladder, Schwatka Lake and residential areas to give you a nice overview of Whitehorse.
Activity rating: Easy
Enjoy lunch on your own before your afternoon tour begins.
• Included: Yukon Wildlife Preserve Tour This is a great opportunity to photograph wildlife in its natural habitat: Dall Sheep, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Deer, Elk, Woodland Cariboo, Wood bison, Musk-ox, Arctic Fox and Moose may be seen, usually close up.
Activity rating: Easy
Enjoy time for dinner on your own in Whitehorse this evening, before heading out for another night of adventure and opportunities to see the Northern Lights.
Overnight in Whitehorse.
Day 3 – Dog Sledding and Evening Aurora Viewing Your Canadian adventure continues in the Yukon today. Transfer to the dog sled kennel to learn how to harness and hitch your dogs to the sled. After some basic instructions, feel the excitement as you glide over the frozen landscape behind your enthusiastic team of huskies.
Activity rating: Moderate
Dinner on your own then time for another night of Northern Lights Viewing.
Overnight in Whitehorse.
Day 4 – Choice of Winter Activities and Evening Aurora Viewing You have 2 options to choose from today in Whitehorse:
• Option 1: Southern Lakes Mini Group Tour A drive on the South Klondike Highway is never a dull experience! Not only will you get to enjoy the gorgeous views of the mountains and lakes along the road, you will also discover the small community of Carcross, on the shore of Bennett Lake. At the furthest point of our excursion, soak in the expansive view over Tagish Lake and Bove Island.
Activity rating: Easy
• Option 2: Half Day Guided Snowmobile Tour After a lesson and trial run with an instructor, head out on a thrilling guided snowmobile adventure over the beautiful winter landscape of the Yukon.
Activity rating: Moderate to Challenging
Enjoy dinner on your own before heading out for your last night of Northern Lights viewing. Overnight in Whitehorse.
Day 5 – Departure – Whitehorse to Vancouver Much too soon, your Northern Lights adventure comes to an end. Today you are transferred to the Whitehorse airport for your flight back to Vancouver.
On our northern lights viewing adventures, you’ll have plenty of chances to see the aurora from a prime viewing location. In addition, you’ll likely get a taste of northern life on guided winter activities such as dogsledding and snow shoeing. And to bundle it all together, you’ll stay in cozy accommodations at night.
Below are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.
Best Western Gold Rush Inn
The Best Western Gold Rush Inn is located in downtown Whitehorse, walking distance from restaurants, museums, and shops. With spacious and modern rooms that include WiFi and flat screen televisions, this hotel provides for every comfort.
These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.
• 4 nights accommodation in downtown Whitehorse
Whitehorse Experiences: • 4 nights of guided Aurora watching, including hot drinks & snacks
Day 2 • Whitehorse Orientation Tour
• Yukon Wildlife Preserve Tour
Day 3 • Half Day Dogsledding
Day 4 – Choose 1 of 2: 1. Southern Lakes Mini Group Tour
2. Half Day Guided Snowmobile Tour
Transfer Inclusions: • Return airfare from Vancouver to Whitehorse
• Meet & Greet with transfer from airport to hotel in Whitehorse
• All transfers by van or minibus with knowledgeable and experienced driver/guide in Whitehorse
• Shuttle transfer from Whitehorse hotel to airport
Other Inclusions: • Information meeting at your Whitehorse hotel • Digital Travel Documents
Important Schedule and Trip Notes: • Daily direct flights from Vancouver (please check with your Vacation Advisor for flights from BC alternative cities)
• No Aurora watching experiences on December 24th & 25th
• Valid only for BC Residents who book directly with Fresh Tracks Canada
• Meals (other than snacks mentioned)
• Optional winter activities
• Optional winter clothing rental
• Canadian sales taxes
• Trip Cancellation Insurance or/and Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
Ideas to customize your trip
Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.
• Continue your Canadian winter experience with our Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure.
• Extend your stay in Whitehorse with a stay at a resort outside of the city.
• Ask your Vacation Advisor about additional winter experiences in Whitehorse such as Ice Fishing.
• Let Fresh Tracks Canada arrange any of your other pre and post travel arrangements.
Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you
Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.