The magic of the Northern Lights and the land of the Midnight Sun with North Star Adventures

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By WestJet | | 3 min read

There are few travel experiences like seeing Aurora Borealis – deemed the “holy grail of skywatching” –in Canada’s North. The best place in the world to experience Aurora Borealis? Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT), where you have a 98 per cent chance of seeing the spectacular phenomenon light up the sky when skies are clear. Based in Yellowknife, North Star Adventures specializes in Aurora viewing and once-in-a-lifetime Indigenous experiences that provide the best chance of witnessing the magic of the Northern Lights. 

North Star Adventures is 100 per cent Indigenous owned and operated, employing Indigenous Peoples and partnering with Indigenous communities across the NWT. Having lived, played and worked across Yellowknife and the North for over 50,000 years, their guides take pride in showcasing their home and all it has to offer, year-round. 

In the winter season, spanning December 1 all the way to April 20, North Star Adventures makes Aurora viewing dreams come true through small, personal Aurora Hunt tour experiences. Each night of the tour is different, as guides use their experience with the area and weather patterns to “hunt” the Aurora while educating on the science behind it, identifying the stars and the Milky Way, and seeing wildlife while driving from location to location.

In the summer season, North Star Adventures showcases the land of the Midnight Sun, when the Northwest Territories see up to 24 hours of daylight. Home to the Mackenzie River, the longest river in Canada, and the world-famous Nahanni National Park, there are plenty of opportunities for both unique day tours and multi-day adventures like a Dehcho Cultural Experience.  

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When you choose a tour with North Star Adventures, you’re participating in their mission to bring awareness to the resilience of Indigenous Cultures while creating positive economic and employment opportunities for Indigenous Peoples. 

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For information on Yellowknife, North Star Adventures and planning your trip with WestJet, visit https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/destinations/discover/yellowknife

WestJet and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) have provided nine $10,000 grants to Indigenous tourism businesses across Canada that have been devastated by the shutdown of the tourism industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants were originally earmarked through the WestJet/ITAC strategic national partnership, signed in November 2019. 

The recipients of these grants, including North Star Adventures, were given the news in March 2021 and their reactions were captured in a new WestJet/ITAC video, WestJet & ITAC: supporting Indigenous tourism in Canada.