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Aurora Viewing in Feb 2014

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Aurora Viewing in Feb 2014

We have five people and will stay 3 nights in YK on middle of Feburary 2014. We will not drive. We plan to join Northstar for the first two night and go to Aurora Village for the last night. I have the following question:

1. Should we need to advance booking (such as one week earlier) for Northstar?

2. Does Aurora Village accept private visit? OR also need advance booking

3. Can we go to Aurora Village by taxi?

4. Any entracne fee for Aurora Village?

5. The maximum seating capacity of YK Taxi?


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1. Re: Aurora Viewing in Feb 2014

1 - Due to bot solar and terrestrial weather, "...3 nights in YK..." seeing the Aurora is no sure thing... If you are paying to fly here... better to spend at least 5 to 7 days... then you have a much better chance of seeing the Aurora...

2 - Never heard of "Northstar" I need more information... but early booking is always a good idea..

3 - Aurora Village does indeed accept private visits but a booking is a good idea...

4 - Can we go to Aurora Village by taxi? Yes, but they give you a ride when you book (Its not a public Aurora viewing facility, it's a private lodge/tourist facility that makes a profit (sometimes) from tourist visits...

5 - Any entrance fee for Aurora Village? See # 4

6 - The maximum seating capacity of YK Taxi? YK Taxis are mostly normal cars licensed as taxis but there are some vans that also run as taxis... ask/seek a larger vehicle when calling to book.

Here are some URls that may be of interest to you...

Seeing the Northern Lights in the Northwest Territories is #1 on Reader's Digest's "Great Canadian Bucket List!"

See for yourself: readersdigest.ca/magazine/great-canadian-buc…

"I'm so glad I live in a place where "polar vortex" is actually just called "winter" and people go about their lives without incessantly whining" - Meagan Wohlberg Editor, https://www.facebook.com/NorthernJournal

You will have to walk (Yellowknife is small.. so that should not be a problem) but you must bring warm clothing (especially for your feet) and or take a tour to see the Aurora.

"...Clothing – Dress for the weather – Dress in layers

As much as you may not want to, you will, at some point, need to venture outside. Maybe to get to work, school or to restock on chunky soup at the Grocery Stores. You need to cover your skin and the important parts of your body. The winter weather in Yellowknife is drier than most southern places; there is less moisture in the air, which means when you might not feel the cold but you can still get frost bite. The most important thing to do is cover up as much skin as possible. Frost Bite can happen very quickly and sometimes [without] notice. You should focus on your head, hands and feet as they will be the first to get cold as your body naturally redirects blood inwards.

[The best advice is] to dress in layers. A general rule of thumb about dressing in layers is to have as many layers on as the first digit of the temperature. For example if it is -40ºC, you’d want at least 4 layers on. ( you may want to expand here on what those layers should be: Cotton t-shirt, long sleeves, fleece or wool, a wind breaking layer and parka)..." from


For a Aurora forecast check this webpage


To see a live camera image of the Aurora see this site


See local Aurora tours here

Capital Attraction: Aurora Borealis (Fall, Winter, Spring)


During one of the days you are here you might want to book a dog sledding tour


To see why Yellowknife NWT is the best place to watch the Aurora Borealis, watch this video


Yellowknife weather English


Do I have to go out of town to see them?

You can see them anywhere in town.. but it's better farther out.. after the local Dettah Ice Road from Yellowknife to Dettah is open that is a great place to see them.. and that is walkable and free Here's a daytime photo of it


and another free & walkable place is Pilot's Monument that gives an excellent view..

Pilot's Monument







Dettah Ice Road from Yellowknife to Dettah





Panorama of Old Town Yellowknife including Back Bay and Yellowknife Bay


OVATION Aurora (Test Product)

The Space Weather Prediction Center and the Space Weather Prediction Testbed have introduced a new Auroral Forecast test product in an effort to improve services to current customers and expand our customer base with new products.


This model provides estimates of where the aurora might be visible. The model itself provides output in terms of energy per unit area. However, for these displays, the data have been converted into a relative intensity map. This has been further translated into a probability of observation. Thus, the images show both where the aurora is most likely to be observed as well as how bright it might be. The model also calculates a globally integrated total energy deposition in gigaWatts (GW). This is referred to as the Hemispheric Power and ranges from 5 to 150. For values below about 20, there may be little or no aurora observable. For values between 20 and 50, you may need to be near the aurora to see it. For values above 50, the aurora should be quite observable with lots of activity and motion across the sky. Once the Hemispheric Power reaches levels of 100 or more, this is considered to be a very significant geomagnetic storm and the aurora may be seen from hundreds of miles away.

Of possible interest/help finding Aurora

Aurora Forecast application lets you easily plan to see the Northern Lights. If you are a serious aurora watcher, plan to spend the night with Aurora Forecast application. It's time to see the Northern Lights.

Live auroral activity and forecast data is provided by NOAA POES and Geophysical Institute at UAF.

Aurora Forecast works with all iOS running version 4.0 software or later and Android running version 2.1 or later.


Aurora Photography Guide For Beginners (Digital)


Photographing the Aurora Borealis " Northern Lights" with your Digital Camera


How to photograph the northern lights with a digital camera



Yellowknife, Northwest Territories,


Edited: 22 January 2014, 19:06
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2. Re: Aurora Viewing in Feb 2014

Thank you mediamentor, for item 2, i mean North Star Adventure.

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3. Re: Aurora Viewing in Feb 2014

#1 is an Excellent post...

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4. Re: Aurora Viewing in Feb 2014

Correction to the broken Pilot's Monument URL


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5. Re: Aurora Viewing in Feb 2014

mediamentor, you are a wealth of information!! :)

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