Watch The Sky Dance

Come experience the Aurora Borealis in the Canadian wilderness

The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights are mesmerizing, dynamic displays of light that appear in the night time northern skies. The Aurora is caused by energetic particles that enter the atmosphere from above and create the luminous glow of the upper atmosphere. There are few sights that equal the magic and mystery of these brilliant waves of color dancing in the cool night air.

Fort McMurray is located within the auroral band that roughly centers on the 65th parallel, we are privileged to watch the Aurora Borealis dance most cold, clear evenings from October to March. However, nature doesn’t follow a schedule and viewings on hot August nights are common. The aurora may appear for hours at a time or disappear in the blink of an eye. Patience and persistence are often required but the experience and memories are priceless

Legends of the Lights

Many cultural groups have legends explaining these stunning lights in the night sky. In Roman myths, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn, the Inuit of Alaska believed the lights were the spirits of the animals they hunted and other aboriginal peoples believed the lights were the spirits of their people. Some believe the road to heaven is hard to find so former lost souls light up the night sky to make the journey a little easier. Whatever the belief, viewing the Aurora Borealis is an incredible experience that attracts visitors from around the world.

Fort McMurray Tourism Package Tours

Package tours including accommodations, daytime activities, photography seminars and viewing session can be arranged for large groups or individual travelers. Call (800) 565-3947.