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northern wilderness

12 Best Places to See the Northern Lights

Labrador, on Canada’s east coast, is one of the best places to see the northern nights

We admit it, we’re a bit aurora borealis obsessed here at Where.ca. But can you blame us? Canada is one of the best places on Earth to see the northern lights in all their glory. Travellers interested in seeing the show should know that the phenomenon is most vibrant in winter, though they can be seen all year in certain spots. In this gorgeous slide show, we’ve singled out the best places to see the northern lights from coast to coast.

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Auyuittuq National Park—Baffin Island, Nunavut

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Why We Chose It

How is it that Nunavut looks like a seaside beach resort? Landscape shots on Baffin Island are always stunning, but the photographer was smart here to include humans in the photo to provide a sense of scale. And the scale is astounding! The photo is amazingly crisp and well-framed. The clear blue waters and the unspoiled beach beside the granite mountains are everything we love about this northern territory: solitude, jaw-dropping landscapes and untouched beauty. It’s a part of Canada few of us get to see in person—all the better for the continued existence this pristine slice of nature.

Photo: Peter Morgan

Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Who’s Next for Consideration?


Atikaki boreal forest, Manitoba-Ontario border (Photo: Briand/Ontario Tourism)

In 2012, Canada is hoping to add these nine unique historical and cultural hot spots to the fifteen sites of  environmental and historical significance already on the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) list. (more…)

Northwest Territories Shines in New TV Series Arctic Air

Pascale Hutton and Adam Beach in Arctic Air. Photo courtesy of CBC.

A new drama on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) television network centres on the bush pilots of a small airline in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. (more…)

Nature and Adventure in Northwestern Quebec

©Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue/Mathieu Dupuis

By Red Hunt

Rugged, natural beauty is what the Quebec region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue is known for. The northernmost part of the province accessible by road, Abitibi-Témiscamingue—a six-hour drive northwest of Montreal or north of Ottawa—provides a window into the northern wilderness of La Belle Province, especially during the fall and winter seasons. (more…)