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Northern Lights displays in Canada are the best in the world. • Credit: Max LaRochelle, Unsplash
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You Never Forget Your First Time

47 tips, tricks, and itineraries to help you see aurora borealis

Here's a round-up of road trip ideas, photography tips, stories, and more to help you plan your Northern Lights adventure.



We get a lot of questions about the Northern Lights up here in Northern Ontario. How do we spot them? Where's the best place in Ontario to see the Northern Lights? How do you take pictures of the Northern Lights? Well, we've got the answers. Not only are we the best place in Canada to spot the lights, we're also the easiest to get to—just a few short hours from Southern Ontario and you're in aurora borealis paradise. We've even got a Northern Lights festival—Canada's longest-running annual festival! 


Catching a display of the shimmering green, purple, and yellow lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience—unless you live in Northern Ontario, of course. 

We've rounded up our top stories about the Northern Lights into one handy guide. 

3 northern Ontario road trips for spotting  northern lights 

You've heard of storm chasers? Chasing the Northern Lights is no different! Keep an eye on the space weather and get ready to hit the road on one of these 3 Northern Ontario road trips for Northern Lights lovers. Whether you're in your RV, car, or motorcycle, just keep looking up while you drive and once you've reached your destination—these are 3 spots where the lights are common sightings. 

So you want to see the lights? Here are 4 tips to help your chances. Tip number one? Get out of town. 

Top Tips for Taking Better photos of the Northern lights

Taking photos of the Northern Lights is notoriously difficult. Here are our two guides to taking better photos.

3 of the best places to spot the lights in Sunset Country


Aurora Borealis seen from Lake of the Woods, Ontario // Photo credit: Andrew Sharples, Unsplash

Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario is a vast place. It can be hard to know where to go for the best Northern Lights viewing. Here's an insider's guide to 3 of the best spots to catch the lights—take it from a local who knows. 

Tips for spotting the Northern Lights in Algoma Country

If you're trying to spot the lights from places like Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, or White River in Algoma Country, check out this guide for predicting the lights and photographing them—plus some great photos. "In Algoma, a KP level of 3 is enough to capture lights with your camera—the higher the number the stronger and more prevalent the lights are.

Celebrate the Northern Lights at Northern Lights Festival Boréal in Sudbury.

This annual festival turns 50 in 2022.

When you do spot the lights, it's often a moving experience. Depending on who you're with and where, it's something you'll remember for a lifetime. Here's one woman's story about why seeing the Northern Lights was one of the best nights of her life.

What's the best time of year to see the Northern Lights?

Fall and winter are the best times to spot them.

What kind of weather is best for seeing the Northern Lights?

Basically, clear and cold. Check www.spaceweather.com for the best time to spot them. 


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