We are coming to Canada February 2018 and looking to do a northern lights tour we may be staying in Vancouver. Where is the best town to see the lights, Fairbanks whitehorse or yellowknife. Is it best to do organised tour, how far in advance would we need to book. Also what time length woukd you recommend, what tour would suit us, thanks and looking forward to your response, thank you, Rhonda
Thank you for your message. Since you are already in Vancouver, Whitehorse is only a 2 hour flight away (we highly recommend our local airline Air North - they offer a great service!).
In regards to your question about the differences of Northern Lights viewing … The Northern Lights depend on the density of sun winds entering the Northern atmosphere. Since we all have the same sun, there is no difference in strength, color, duration and size of the Northern Lights, no matter at what location in the North we are. However, the weather plays an important role in that matter. We collected data over the last 9 years and found that in Whitehorse we can see the Aurora every 3rd day in average between late August and mid April.
We generally recommend a 3-4 night stay. If you are flexible in your time of travel, you might want to avoid a full moon phase in February, because the moonlight can take away some of the weaker aurora displays. The time period between 7 days before and after a new moon is considered ideal.
February is a great time to visit as you will be able to experience all winter day time activities such as dog sledding, snow shoeing snowmobiling, etc. in addition to your Aurora tours.
Please feel free to contact us at any time if you need further details.
all the best from Whitehorse,
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