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Northwest Territories

Welcome to Canada’s Newest Dark Sky Preserve

Northern Lights

The northern lights (Photo: Larry Lamsa)

Say hello to the newest preservation zone in Canada. The recently declared dark sky preservation by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is located in Wood Buffalo National Park. This dark sky preserve is the largest in Canada and stretches from the Northwest Territories to Alberta covering a magnificent range of 44,807 square kilometres (that’s larger than Switzerland). So, what is a dark sky preserve? In layman terms, it’s a form of natural preservation that restricts light pollution in a select area allowing the beautiful Northern Lights to shine through in all of their glory as well as protecting the surrounding natural habitats. You can check out the full story over at globalnews.ca

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12 Quintessential Canadian Road Trips

By SHANNON KELLY

Trans Canada Highway, Alberta (Photo: Gord McKenna)

It’s time to think about planning your summer vacation, and if the open road is what you’re craving, Canada—with its stunning scenery and wide open natural beauty—has plenty of options. In fact, one of our best drives, the Banff-to-Jasper route (see Icefields Parkway) in the Rockies, was included in National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime book.

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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.

• Start the slide show for the best places to see the northern lights »
• See a map of all the best places to see the northern lights »

Once-in-a-Lifetime Trips

By CARISSA BLUESTONE

Dempster Highway (Photo: S. Stuart/NWTT)

What defines the ultimate Canadian adventure is a matter of individual taste, but some trips, whether due to extravagance, effort, rare glimpses of life in far-flung corners, or unremitting “The hills are alive…” catharsis, fall firmly into the once-in-a-lifetime category. (more…)

10 Nature and Wildlife Safaris Across Canada

By KAT TANCOCK

Orca, British Columbia (Photo: Jonathan E. Shaw)

You don’t have to go as far as Africa for a world-class nature experience, whether it’s wildlife viewing or something a little less traditional. Bring homegrown excitement to your next vacation with these 10 Canadian wilderness and wildlife safaris. (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…)

Hunting for Wild Game at Yellowknife Restaurants

By KRISTEN MURPHY

Musk Ox gyoza at Thornton’s Wine & Tapas Room. (Photo: Kristen Murphy)

“It’s like a meat truffle,” I say to my friend after biting into the rich, musk-ox gyoza. She agrees between bites of the exotic and delicious dish at Thornton’s Wine & Tapas Room in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. (more…)

Lunar Eclipse Meets Winter Solstice, Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Nearly a year ago (December 21, 2010) a lunar eclipse coincided with the winter solstice—only the second time this has happened in 2,000 years. Northern Canada was one of the best places on earth to see the coppery red glow cast by the full moon as it moved through the centre of the earth’s shadow. (more…)