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Nunavut

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

Arctic Summer: Alert, Nunavut

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Why We Chose It

Occasionally we remember that Canada borders the Arctic and that there are places, like Alert, Nunavut—the most northerly inhabited settlement in the world—where ice floes are a year-round occurrence. Not only is the landscape stunning in its own right, the photographer has masterfully combined perspective, composition and just the right lighting to create an image that seems to go on as far as the eye can see. It really does seem like the end of the earth. Interesting side note: the photo was taken at 11:30 p.m.!

Photo by Jerome Lessard

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…)

Afternoon in Nunavut

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

Photo by Steve Sayles

Why we chose it: Twilight appears in the early afternoon at this time of year in Nunavut. Despite the potential emotional effects of winter’s dark days, it makes for a great photo! This image really captures the wide open spaces we enjoy in Canada. (more…)