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.
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
Box 1031, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0
Aurora borealis/northern lights viewing from the warmth of the Aurora Domes.
Box 999, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0
Churchill Northern Studies Centre
High 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
Box 79, Kleefeld, MB R0A 0V0
Frontiers North Adventures
Box 40063 RPO Lagimodière, Winnipeg, MB R2C 4P3
Great White Bear Tours, Inc.
Box 91, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
The 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
Watch the skies dance
These stunning time-lapse videos were taken in March 2013. Courtesy of Dan Harper Photography.