Winter Northern Lights Holidays | Best Time to See Northern Lights

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2016-2017 Northern Lights Fly-In Lodge Winter Packages

The long nights of winter provide you with the best time to see northern lights in the Canadian north. Enjoy the stillness of the night and relax by the frozen lake that sparkles as it reflects the starry night and the dancing northern lights overhead. Our winter packages not only let you take advantage of the best time to see northern lights, they also allow you to revel in a variety of optional winter sports and activities at the lodge. Strap on a pair of snowshoes or cross country skis and venture off on the well-marked trails to admire the snow-blanketed landscapes.  Try ice skating on the frozen lake  or set off on an exciting adventure by snowmobile. After a fun-filled day outdoors, return to the Lodge and warm up by the roaring fire with a hot beverage or relax in the hot tub. Enjoy a fabulous gourmet dinner prepared by our Red Seal chef followed by a magical night of star gazing and aurora borealis viewing. Be amazed at the natural beauty surrounding you. Worried you might miss out on the best time to see northern lights late at night or in the wee hours of the morning?  Our helpful Lodge staff are dedicated to ensuring you have a trip of a lifetime - and offer a middle of the night wake-up call so you can catch the northern lights at their best.

Best Time to see Northern Lights?

Northern Lights are most likely visible when the sky is dark and clear. During the new moon, the light show intensifies, making new moon viewing a guest favourite.

2016 - 2017 Winter Package Pricing

December 2016 to mid-April 2017.  All packages include a stopover in Yellowknife to and from the Lodge
Packages Lodge      Cabin
Four nights (Thurs to Mon, Tues to Sat) $2,766      $2090
Five nights (Sat to Thurs) $3493      $2,535
Six nights (Tues to Mon) $4,295      $2,984
Seven nights (Sat to Sat, Thurs to Thurs) $5,072      $3,419
Nine nights (Thurs - Sat, Sat to Mon, Tues to Thurs) $5,920      $4,176

2015-2016 Winter New Moon Package Pricing

New Moon prices apply if your stay contains the night of the new moon - the optimal time for viewing. 2016 - 2017 New Moon:
  • 28 December 2016
  • 27 January 2017
  • 26 February 2017
  • 27 March 2017
Packages Lodge      Cabin
Four nights (Thurs to Mon, Tues to Sat) $2,993      $2,191
Five nights (Sat to Thurs) $3,745      $2,681
Six nights (Tues to Mon) $4,547      $3,136
Seven nights (Sat to Sat, Thurs to Thurs) $5,349      $3,681
Nine nights (Thurs - Sat, Sat to Mon, Tues to Thurs) $6,651      $4,534


  • All package prices are per person in Canadian dollars.
  • All packages include stop-overs in Yellowknife on the way to and from the Lodge.
  • Children under 14 years of age receive a discount of 50%; infants under 2 years of age are free of charge.
  • All prices are subject to 5% taxes and 10% gratuities.
  • Prices include return airfare if a Friday or Sunday scheduled flight is used. Additional charges apply if flying on a non-scheduled day. Rates available upon request.
  • Wednesday flights December 23, 2016 to April 9, 2017; August 24 - September 30, 2017.
  • For single supplements, please add 25% to the package rate.


  • Airport/Hotel transfers in Yellowknife
  • Clothing package rental with hotel drop-off on day of arrival (down parka, insulated snow pants, felt duffel-lined boots, and lined mittens)
  • Return charter flights from Yellowknife to Lodge
  • Daily meals and snacks
  • Introduction and hints for northern lights photography
  • Use of Lodge facilities: dining room, Aurora Lounge, fireplaces, library, showers and full bathrooms, hot tub, open decks, licensed bar
  • Use of seasonal equipment: snowshoes, cross-country skis, skates, ice fishing equipment
  • Two-hour interpretive experience (choice of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or ice fishing)
  • 2 nights lodging in Yellowknife - one on arrival in Yellowknife and one on the return to Yellowknife

Not Included:

  • Meals in Yellowknife
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
  • Optional Yellowknife City Tour available by request

Optional Activities:

Snowmobiling Adventures Click Tour Name for Full Description Whiteman Loop (2 hours) - $180/person Traditional Dene Net Fishing (2.5 hours) - $200/person Ice Pressure Ridge on Great Slave Lake (3 hours) - $300/person Watta Lake Historic Cabins & Waterfalls (6 hours) - $375/person TheUltimate Great Slave Circular Tour (8 hours) - $500/person Snowmobiling Adventures Whiteman Loop (2 hours) This easy route follows a series of three small lakes and bush trails joining Blachford and Long Lakes, before heading back to the lodge. You'll also get to explore the now abandoned Cadieux family cabin on the Francois River system, one of very few signs of earlier habitation in the Blachford area. Traditional Dene Net Fishing (2.5 hours) Travel out to a remote arm of Blachford Lake and meet with a local Dene guide to learn about traditional fishing. We'll watch him check his fish nets that lay stretched under the metre-thick ice, and learn how they are set using time-honoured methods developed over many years by the Dene people, the aboriginal inhabitants of this area. You may even get a chance to help out the fisherman if you like, as he draws in his latest catch of whitefish, trout, and northern pike. You'll also hear stories and local tales that will let you develop a whole new appreciation and respect for the traditional Dene way of life. Ice Pressure Ridge on Great Slave Lake (3 hours) Drive along a winding trail that leads from the lodge to Thor Lake, a rare mineral exploration camp. From here, you'll then head south along bush trails that join up with an old mine access road to a lookout point over the East Arm of mighty Great Slave Lake and Blanchet Island, 10 miles to the south. After taking in the spectacular views, you'll make your way down a trail to the lake itself to see get a close-up view to see how the constant wind pressure and currents can create cracks on the surface and throw up blocks and ridges of ice. Explore the cliffs rising from the lake shores before heading back to the lodge. Watta Lake Historic Cabins & Waterfalls (6 hours) Explore the lakes around Blachford, including Whiteman, Long, Watta and Hearne Lakes and drive the portage routes between them. Visit the abandoned homestead of Henry and Mary Cadieux and their family at Francois River that was left behind in the 1950s. Watch the open water rapids on Francois River before crossing beaver ponds and travelling across more lakes and portages to visit a waterfall on the Beaulieu River. (This is open year round – even at 40°C below!) Next, head to an abandoned log cabin where many travellers’ names are inscribed on the wall followed by a delicious lunch around a campfire. The Ultimate Great slave Circular Tour(8 hours) Covering almost 100km, this is the ultimate snowmobile tour to view the majesty of North America’s deepest lake, and follow in the footsteps of those who explored this rarely visited region. Follow a series of winding trails and beaver ponds to an old geologist’s cabin and the remains of the ‘Rex Cafe’, a mining camp dating back to the 1930s. Then it’s down onto the lake’s East Arm to see the incredible ice pressure ridges (described above, trip #3). Head over to Blanchet Island: its towering cliffs also drop 600 feet below the water’s surface. Search the shorelines for prehistoric rocks then head back to the mainland and snuggle into the ‘Hole in the Wall’. This inlet is a haven for boaters in summer and snowmobilers and dog mushers in winter, providing shelter from the frequent high winds of the East Arm. Warm by a roaring campfire with a hot lunch before making your way back to the lodge, along the north shore of the Great Slave Lake, passing the abandoned Destafanny Gold Mine and a mineral exploration camp.



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Trip Length
4, 5, 6, 7, 9 Night Packages
Winter 2016 to 2017 Dates
Mid-December to Late April
International Gateway
Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
2017 Prices start at CAD $2,766.00 CAD per person (plus 5% taxes and 10% gratuities) depending on accommodation choice. See Packages tabs for details.
Booking Terms
A deposit of 1/3 the total price is required to confirm your booking. A deposit of 50% the total price is required to confirm a booking for groups of 8 or more. Balance is due 45 days prior to arrival date.
Cancellation Terms
Deposit for Northern Lights getaways is refundable until 45 days prior to arrival, except for an administration fee of 10% of the deposit. 44-15 days prior to arrival – deposit and 50% of balance is non refundable. 14-0 days prior to arrival 100% is non refundable.
All prices quoted in Canadian dollars.

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