The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are a wonderfully mysterious light show that flows from Canada's Magnetic North Pole in Canada's high Arctic region. The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights are unpredictable but make vacations magical when you see them. Really intense Northern Lights are like a gossamer curtain of ghostly colors that appear and disappear in patterns that are incredibly captivating and wholly unpredictable. We get good northern lights fairly often on our vacations here, however it is difficult to do long term predictions of the quality of the aurora because of the effect of solar activity on their intensity.We get good northern lights on average about once per week. That does not mean that they are predictable though. Sometime we go for a couple of weeks with poor Northern Lights and then a number of nights with incredible northern lights. Every clear night though we have incredible stars and spectacular moonscapes. The Northern Lights are a magical enhancement to our night skies on your wilderness vacations.
remote vacation lodge is on a secluded island at
the top of the Canadian Shield, the oldest
mountain range in the world, in the Algoma Country
of Northern Ontario Canada. Vacations here are
great for viewing spectacular night skies many
times with the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
Our slightly higher elevation, clear air, and
total lack of light pollution allow us to see
incredible night skies. We see so many stars that
many of the constellation are blurred by the dusty
background of so many stars. Some of our guests
bring telescopes to see deeper into the night sky,
especially planets, and we have a telescope at the
lodge as well that we set up some nights. But a
pair of binoculars will also give you a lot of
detail in the night sky and you can see the rings
of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter with a decent
pair of binoculars. Binoculars are also a lot more
comfortable to use than telescopes.
Most clear nights we see some northern lights however really spectacular northern lights happen only occasionally when the sun produces significant solar activity including solar flares, which interact with the earth's magnetic fields. There are some conditions however which make good northern lights viewing more likely. For better viewing of the Aurora Borealis and the stars in the night sky, you should plan your vacation time for the least amount of moonlight. Also, the later, or earlier in the season you plan your vacation the better. The night gets darker faster and the cooler air is more likely to be clear and haze free. Remember June 21 is the longest day, and shortest night, of the year and when you get as far North as we are this change in daylight is very pronounced. You should be prepared to stay up until at least midnight and perhaps 1:00 am or 2:00 am for for the best chance of really good viewing of the Aurora Borealis if you are staying at our resort in Late June to early July. In May, late August and September we see Northern Lights as early as 10:00 pm.
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see the Canadian Aurora Borealis or Northern
Lights, Fishing, Wildlife and Relaxing Wilderness
Vacations in Algoma Country, Northern
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