Northern lights

The aurora borealis (or northern lights) is a natural phenomenon caused by the interaction of charged particles from the sun with atoms in the upper atmosphere. These otherworldly dancing curtains of light glow in a rainbow of colours, and are at their most resplendent in January through March.

The northern lights glow in the skies around the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Manitoba, Canada.

Scientists from around the world have come to Churchill to study the northern lights in the active night sky – Churchill is one of the top 3 places on the planet to see them. Learn more about what causes the northern lights.

Under clear winter skies, you can watch the colourful artistry of the aurora borealis light up the pitch-black nights. Grab a front row seat in the comfort of the plexiglass-covered Aurora Domes to watch this spectacular natural light show.

In summer, the nights are shorter but warmer – head out to Goose Creek, stoke up a bonfire, bake some bannock and wait for the show to begin. Find out more about when to go.

Find a tour guide

Arctic Nature Tours

Arctic Nature ToursInterpretive nature tours in Churchill. Northern lights, igloo building, flora and fauna photography, arctic wildlife viewing.

Box 1031, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0

Call: 204-675-8878 or 1-877-765-2733
Fax: 204-675-2647

Aurora Domes

Aurora borealis/northern lights viewing from the warmth of the Aurora Domes.

Box 999, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0

Call: 204-675-2532

Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Churchill Northern Studies CentreHigh quality learning adventure study tours to Churchill led by scientists and researchers on birding, arctic wildlife, winter survival, northern lights, astronomy, beluga whales and polar bears. Other tours also offered through Road Scholar.

Box 610, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0

Call: 204-675-2307
Fax: 204-675-2139

Churchill Wild

CW-LogoAll-inclusive adventures from Churchill. Polar bears, igloo building, northern lights, beluga whales, birds. Inclusive and authentic sub-arctic excursions.

Box 79, Kleefeld, MB R0A 0V0

Call: 204-377-5090 or 1-866-846-9453

Frontiers North Adventures

Frontiers North AdventuresPolar bear, beluga whale and northern lights programs. All-inclusive packages feature unique wildlife and landscape of Churchill and Riding Mountain.

Box 40063 RPO Lagimodière, Winnipeg, MB R2C 4P3

Call: 204-949-2050 or 1-800-663-9832
Fax: 204-667-1051

Great White Bear Tours, Inc.

Great White Bear ToursView tundra and boreal regions along the Hudson Bay, polar bears, Arctic fox, ptarmigan, gyrfalcon, snowy owl, caribou. Sleep with polar bears or watch the Aurora borealis on our polar rovers.

Box 91, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0

Call: 204-675-2781 or 1-866-765-8344
Fax: 204-675-2930

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Nanuk Polar Bear LodgeThe wildest and most remote polar bear adventure available.Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge offers on-the-ground access for polar bear hikes, wildlife viewing, northern lights and taiga forest within the Cape Tatnum Wildlife Management area on the Hudson Bay coastline.

Box 79, Kleefeld, Manitoba

Call: 204-377-5090
Fax: 204-377-4748

Watch the skies dance

These stunning time-lapse videos were taken in March 2013. Courtesy of Dan Harper Photography.

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