Catch the Northern Lights
Aurora Borealis isn’t quite as elusive in northern Canada’s Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories or Manitoba as in other places. The spectral lights show up to float in the black heavens an average of 240 nights a year. Yellowknife, a few hours’ flight north of Calgary, is an aurora-hunting hotspot and also home to the Indigenous-owned Aurora Village. Here, teepees glow among coniferous trees in front of a quiet lake, where you can sip hot chocolate by a woodfire stove and, when not aurora-hunting, you can sled or snowshoe through a winter dreamscape.