Northern lights vacation

Northern Lights of the Canadian Yukon

7

days

starting from US $1,990per person

Get this trip plan customized to cover everything you want to see.

Learn which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.

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Sample Itinerary

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

Day 1 Arrive in Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. For convenience, stay overnight at the airport in preparation for your flight tomorrow when you fly off to the Yukon!

Overnight at a Vancouver Airport hotel.

Day 2 Vancouver to Whitehorse for Northern Lights Viewing
Say goodbye to Vancouver as you fly north to the Yukon 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 and fitting of arctic winter clothing.

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 3
Whitehorse Exploration and Evening Aurora Viewing
Rest up this morning after your thrilling night of Aurora viewing.

Included today are
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 & Hot Springs 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. Then short drive to the Takhini Hot Springs. Relax in the hot water pool and enjoy the winter landscape.
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 4
Choice of Winter Activities and Evening Aurora Viewing
Your Canadian adventure continues in the Yukon today.

You have
2 options to choose from today in Whitehorse:

• Option 1: Half Day Dogsledding
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

• Option 2:
Guided Ice Fishing and Snowshoeing Tour
After a short drive to a frozen lake you’ll learn how to walk on snowshoes and
how to drill deep into the ice to try fishing for Lake Trout or Grayling.
Activity rating: Moderate

Dinner on your own then time for another night of Northern Lights Viewing.

Overnight in Whitehorse.

Day 5 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.

• Add-on Option: Private Aurora Hunting Experience (additional cost)
Feel the excitement build as you hunt for the best spot to see the magical Aurora Borealis. Your guide will drive to the best locations to capture that perfect photo of the Northern Lights. A true Yukon Wilderness experience!
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Whitehorse.

Day 6 Departure Whitehorse to Vancouver
Today you are transferred to the Whitehorse airport for your flight back to Vancouver. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure in Vancouver to explore on your own.

Overnight at a Vancouver Airport hotel.

Day 7
Depart Vancouver
Much too soon, your Northern Lights adventure comes to an end. Step out your hotel right into the airport for your flight home.

Take the stress out of planning your trip to Canada with:

  • Every detail and arrangement taken care of for a seamless trip.
  • Suggestions to get the most out of Canada based on local insider knowledge.
  • Your own personal contact in Canada you can call before or during your trip.

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What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Nightly aurora viewing - Nightly aurora viewing
Nightly aurora viewing
Optional snowmobiling - Optional snowmobiling
Optional snowmobiling
Wildlife viewing opportunities - Wildlife viewing opportunities
Wildlife viewing opportunities
Staying in a Goldrush town - Staying in a Goldrush town
Staying in a Goldrush town
Accommodations:
• 2 nights at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport
• 4 nights accommodation in downtown Whitehorse

Whitehorse Experiences:
• 4 nights of guided Aurora watching, including hot drinks & snacks

Day 3
• Whitehorse Orientation Tour
• Yukon Wildlife Preserve & Hot Springs Tour

Day 4
Choose 1 of 2:
1. Half Day Dogsledding
2. Guided Ice Fishing and Snowshoeing Tour

Day 5
Choose 1 of 2:
1. Southern Lakes Mini Group Tour
2. Half Day Guided Snowmobile Tour
Add-on Option: Private Aurora Hunting Experience (additional cost)

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 the Whitehorse hotel
• Arctic winter clothing rental package (includes winter outerwear pants and inner fleece liner, winter outerwear jacket with inner fleece liner, arctic winter boots (Sorel Glacier or similar), insulated mitts, insulated headgear / cap

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
• Daily direct flights from Vancouver (please check with your Vacation Advisor for flights from Calgary or alternative cities)
• No Aurora watching experiences on December 24th & 25th, 2018


Not Included
• Meals (other than snacks mentioned)
• Optional winter activities
• Gratuities
• Canadian sales taxes
• Trip Cancellation Insurance or/and Medical Insurance (highly recommended)

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Add a train journey to the Canadian Rockies
Add a train journey to the Canadian Rockies
Add time to explore Vancouver
Add time to explore Vancouver
Visit the town of Whistler to ski
Visit the town of Whistler to ski
Add a train journey across Canada
Add a train journey across Canada
• Combine your Northern Lights Trip with a train journey to the Canadian Rockies
• Add on additional nights in Vancouver to explore the city.
• Ask your Vacation Advisor to add a visit to the Olympic City of Whistler for a ski holiday.
• Combine this itinerary with a Cross Country Journey Across Canada

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Fairmont Vancouver Airport - Hotel ExteriorFairmont Vancouver Airport - Restaurant Dining AreaFairmont Vancouver Airport - Pool areaFairmont Vancouver Airport - Deluxe King RoomFairmont Vancouver Airport - Deluxe two bed Queen Room

Fairmont Vancouver Airport

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is a luxury hotel and spa providing the perfect overnight stay before or after a flight. Completely soundproofed and located above the US departures terminal the hotel is only a two minute walk to the luggage carousels.

Best Western Gold Rush Inn - Hotel exteriorBest Western Gold Rush Inn - Spacious bedroomsBest Western Gold Rush Inn - Modern bathroomsBest Western Gold Rush Inn - Gold Rush themed dining

Best Western Gold Rush Inn

An example of our Comfort accommodations

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.

 

Trip Start Dates

Departure Dates from Vancouver
Daily, Nov 28, 2018 to March 27, 2019
(No departures December 20
24, 2018)

Trip Prices

Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

Comfort Level Hotels
from US $1,990to US $2,149per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

What you'll love about
this trip

Experience the mystical Aurora Borealis first hand

Discover the stunning landscape of the Yukon

Explore Whitehorse on your style of tour with optional activities each day

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

You'll be staying at various local three to five start 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.

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 a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

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 request your free trip plan to 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.

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.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, 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.

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

Many people dream of witnessing the mystical Aurora Borealis first hand. Canada’s northerly Yukon province is considered one of the best places in the world to view these majestic lights. 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.

Trip Outline

Arrive Vancouver 1 night Vancouver 4 nights Whitehorse 1 night Vancouver Depart Vancouver

Northern Lights of the Canadian Yukon – Map Aurora Borealis lights up the sky Sitting by the fire to watch the northern lights Snoweshoeing in the Yukon backcountry Taking a break from a snowshoe adventure A pack of sled dogs The desolate winter landscape of the Yukon with wild reindeer A curious sled dog
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Everything Arranged

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Do you want to get the most of your Canadian travel experience in 2019? When you book early, you'll have your choice of trip departure dates, the best hotel accommodations, unique tours, and spectacular train journeys.

Plus, if you book before December 31 you'll receive our 2019 Early Bird Booking Bonus, paired with one free night and one of the following unique Canadian experience:

Add a free night in Vancouver, and enjoy one of the following:

  • A spectacular float plane tour over the Coastal Mountains and city
  • Foodie tour of Vancouver's finest eateries
  • Sightseeing tour including stunning Sea to Sky Gondola

Add a free night in Banff, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Evening Wildlife Safari
  • Banff Gondola experience to the top of Sulphur Mountain
  • Guided canoe tour along the Bow River

Add a free night in Toronto, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Food tour to discover Toronto's unique culinary culture
  • A scenic bicycle tour to experience twilight on Toronto Islands
  • 9 minute helicopter tour, from downtown Toronto

Add a free night in Montreal, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Scenic St. Lawrence River Cruise
  • A bicycle tour of North or South Montreal
  • Half-Day Wine & Apple Cider Tour (available Wednesdays and Fridays)

Add a free night in Halifax, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Nature and whale watching cruise
  • Halifax foodie tour

Our Early Bird Booking Bonus only lasts until midnight on December 31. The team at Fresh Tracks Canada is standing by to help bring your dream Canadian vacation to life – contact us to book your trip now.

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5771

Terms and conditions apply, please speak wit our Canadian insiders for more details.

There are lots of great reasons to visit Canada on a winter vacation this year. Escaping to snowy solitude, seeing breathtaking frozen landscapes, and trying thrilling winter activities are just a few.

And here is another great reason – if you book one of our spectacular Canadian winter vacations before December 31, you'll receive up to $600 per couple in add-on travel credits to enhance your trip.

Here are some of our favorite add-on ideas:

  • Extend your trip – add a night in Vancouver or the Canadian Rockies.
  • Join a professional photographer on a private tour, to get the best pictures of Banff National Park in its winter splendor.
  • See the beautiful ice-formations as you snow shoe through crisp mountain snow.
  • Soar above the snowy Coastal Mountains of Vancouver, on a spectacular float plane tour.

Email or call our friendly Vacation Advisors today, and they'll help you plan your perfect winter experience. And remember, our Winter Wonderland Booking Bonus only lasts until midnight on December 30th, 2018.

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5771

Terms and conditions apply, please speak wit our Canadian insiders for more details.