A dogsled, a snowy trail, and the Aurora. That’s how millions of prospective visitors imagine the Northwest Territories – a winter wonderland, bathed by glowing lights. But increasingly, Aurora-watchers are flocking here long before Old Man Winter arrives – and discovering why seeing the Northern Lights in summer is a hot trend indeed.
Over the past few years, summertime Aurora tourism has skyrocketed in Yellowknife. Last year alone, the number of Lights-seekers doubled during the August-to-October period. And while it’s true that skygazers at that time of year must stay up a bit later to enjoy the cosmic lightshow, they’re in for a treat. According to many, seeing the Northern Lights is best in summer – and they say a number of myths about “when to watch the Aurora” are full of hot air: