There are perks to being so far north—and few are quite as spectacular as the aurora borealis, or northern lights. Winter’s long, dark nights make it the best season to catch these magnificent ribbons of colour dancing through the sky. One perfect nearby spot to catch the phenomenon unimpeded by light pollution is the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, covering Elk Island National Park and Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area. To double-check aurora visibility on any given night, consult the University of Alberta’s Aurora Watch or sign up for their email alerts. More sighting opportunities exist across Alberta, including Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, Fort McMurray, Banff National
Park, and Jasper National Park.
This feature first appeared in the Info Edmonton Fall/Winter Guide. Look for our Spring 2022 issue, coming to newsstands this February!