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Yellowknife Aurora and Rockies Fall Colours

Length

8 days / 7 nights

Hotel type

Downtown hotel

Nights of viewing

3 nights

Where it goes

When to go

August - October

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See the aurora borealis and Canadian Rockies

Combine a trip to the Canadian Rockies with a multi-night Northern Lights viewing experience in Yellowknife. In Banff National Park, turquoise lakes, deep green forests, and colorful wildflowers decorate the landscape during late summer and early fall. In Yellowknife, the aurora lights up the night sky, painting it green, blue, purple or pink.

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Northern lights above teepee at Aurora Village

Enjoy three aurora viewing experiences

Spend three evenings searching for the Northern Lights in Yellowknife. Visit the Aurora Village, relax in a heated geo dome, and go on an aurora hunting tour.

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What’s Included

Hotel accommodation
Guided Northern Lights viewing experiences
Unique guided activities such as hiking, cultural tours and more
Transfers between Calgary and Banff
Transfers in Yellowknife, between airport and hotel
Electronic travel documentation package
Personalized Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support

Frequently Asked Questions

Although Yellowknife, and the Northwest Territories in general, is a fantastic spot for Northern Lights viewing, the lights aren’t visible every night. Your chances are high over a three- or four-night stay, but because this is nature, nothing is guaranteed.

The easiest way to get to Yellowknife is by plane. There are direct flights to Yellowknife from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto.

Our Northern Lights trips can accommodate children, but there may be a minimum age for some day tours. Winter clothing rentals may be harder to obtain for some ages. It’s important to note that Northern Lights viewing happens late at night, so it may be tiring for some children. Please ask one of our Vacation Advisors for your options.

As Northern Lights viewing experiences take place at night, there is plenty of time in the day for other activities. Tour and activity options depend on the season and the location. In the winter, go dogsledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or ice fishing. In the fall, go hiking, wildlife viewing, and sightseeing. There are opportunities to learn about local culture and history too.

Our vacations are not typically escorted. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary but rather have the freedom of independent travel.

This allows you, with the help of our travel experts, to personalize your trip to suit your interests, timeframe, and budget. We’ll guide you through the process and provide the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities tailored to your taste.

An exception to this is our Northern Lights vacations in Churchill. These are hosted trips. On these trips, you will be with the same group for each day of your trip and have a daily activity schedule. A local guide will be with you and almost all meals are included.

We partner with a number of hotels and accommodation providers across the country that offer a variety of service levels and unique experiences. Northern Lights vacations include stays in small cities and remote locations, so there is not the same amount of choice as there would be in bigger cities. Choosing accommodation is based on local availability and personal preference.

The Northern Lights are most commonly a greenish-yellow hue, though they can appear pink, red, blue and even violet.

You can photograph the Northern Lights, but you will need a tripod and preferably a DSLR camera where you can control the shutter speed. A wide angle lens is also recommended to capture their full scope.

Either winter or fall is the best season for viewing the Northern Lights in Canada. During these seasons, there are extended periods of darkness.

Trip Itinerary

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Arrive in Calgary
Day 01

Arrive in Calgary

Welcome to Calgary! Upon arrival, meet your transfer at the Calgary International Airport and travel through the Canadian Rockies to Banff.

  • Transfer from Calgary Airport to Banff
Explore Banff
Day 02

Explore Banff

Explore the beauty of Banff on your Canadian Rocky Mountain vacation.

    You have 3 options to choose from today:
  • Banff E-Bike Tour

    Cycle through Banff and the wonderful Bow Valley area on an e-bike tour. 

  • Cowboy Cookout Lunch by Horse-Drawn Wagon

    Embrace the fresh mountain air on a morning wagon ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain. Midway, enjoy a tasty BBQ lunch and experience authentic cowboy hospitality and entertainment.

  • Banff Sightseeing Tour and Gondola Ride

    Discover Banff’s folklore and natural history on a small group tour, then ride the gondola up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.  

Discover Banff National Park
Day 03

Discover Banff National Park

Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Canadian Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

    You have 3 options to choose from today:
  • Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls Tour

    See an orphaned grizzly bear in his mountainside habitat, ride the gondola up to the top of Kicking Horse Mountain, and visit Yoho National Park's most scenic spots.

  • Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour

    On a guided sightseeing tour, stroll the Lake Louise shoreline and snap photos of the Valley Of The Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake.

  • Guided Hike from Banff

    Discover one of Banff National Park's best hiking trails with a small group and guide. Hike locations and difficulty vary by day of the week.

Banff to Calgary
Day 04

Banff to Calgary

Enjoy the stunning vistas of Banff once more this morning, before you make your way out of the rugged Rocky Mountains and back to Calgary.

  • Transfer to Calgary Airport

    On this two-hour journey, watch the landscape change from towering mountains to rolling prairie.

Into the North - Calgary to Yellowknife
Day 05

Into the North - Calgary to Yellowknife

Head north to Yellowknife (flight not included), one of North America's best Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) viewing locations. An area with deep cultural roots and a diverse landscape, Yellowknife sits on the shores of Great Slave Lake. 

  • Aurora Viewing at Aurora Village

    This evening, you are taken to the Aurora Village to view the stunning Northern Lights. Located away from the city lights, the village is the perfect setting for Northern Lights viewing. Enjoy the warm teepees, nightly entertainment, photo assistance, and hot beverages.

Explore Yellowknife
Day 06

Explore Yellowknife

Yellowknife is a vibrant city with many festivals and events throughout the year. The city gained its name from the copper tools made and traded by the Dene First Nation. Explore the public street art during the day, then wait for tonight's natural art to appear in the night sky. 

    You have 4 options to choose from today:
  • Wildlife Viewing Tour
  • Yellowknife City Tour
  • Indigenous Storytelling Tour of the Prince of Wales Heritage Museum
  • Sightseeing Tour with Hike
  • Skydome Aurora Viewing
Take to the water
Day 07

Take to the water

Yellowknife residents spend their time on and around the water during the warmer months. Spot iconic houseboats, dine on the daily catch, and chat with the locals. 

    You have 2 options to choose from today:
  • Half Day Great Slave Lake Fishing Tour
  • Yellowknife Jet Boat Tour (2hrs)
  • Aurora Hunting Tour
Depart from Yellowknife
Day 08

Depart from Yellowknife

All too soon, your Rockies and Northern Lights vacation comes to an end upon arrival at the airport.  

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Accommodations

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Banff Caribou Lodge in Banff with mountain backdrop and trees

Banff Caribou Lodge

Example of a Comfort hotel in Banff

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa is a short walk away from downtown Banff. Relax in one of the hotel’s cozy guest rooms, pamper yourself at the full-service spa, or rent a bike and explore the local area.

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Spend time in Jasper

Spend time in Jasper

If you'd like to explore more of the Canadian Rockies, then add on a stay in Jasper National Park. You can also experience the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper, one of the most scenic highways in the world.

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