Staying at one of the best Northern Lights hotels in Canada is a great option to increase your chances of seeing the “green lady” dance across the sky.
Canada was the first place where I saw the Aurora Borealis, an experience that left a mark on me and was possible thanks to being in the right place at the right time (and hotel).
That magical night took place in Yoho National Park, British Columbia. However, the country is so large that there are many good areas to enjoy seeing the Northern Lights in Canada, from the Hudson Bay to the Alaska border in Whitehorse and Dawson City.
Throughout this article, we’ll discuss the best Northern Lights accommodations in Canada according to their location and quality.
Best Northern Lights Hotels in Canada
In a nutshell, these are the best Northern Lights hotels in Canada:
- Northern Lights Resort & Spa: The best Northern Lights hotel in Whitehorse.
- Aurora Inn: Best accommodation to enjoy the Northern Lights by the Yukon River.
- Blatchford Lake lodge: Best Northern Lights Hotel in Yellowknife.
- Grace Lake Villa: Best quality-price Northern Lights accommodation in Yellowknife.
- A Frame Chalet: Best Northern Lights accommodation in Churchill, Manitoba
- Iceberg Inn: Best cheap Northern Lights accommodation in Churchill
- Amazing Aurora B&B: Best Northern Lights cheap hotel in Canada.
- Emerald Lake Lodge: Best Northern Lights Hotel in the Canadian Rockies (the hotel where I saw the Northern Lights for the first time).
- Jasper Inn & Suites: Best Aurora Borealis hotel in Alberta
- The Frobisher Inn: Best Northern Lights hotel in Nunavut
Best Northern Lights hotels in Canada – Whitehorse
Northern Lights Resort & Spa, the best Northern Lights hotel in Canada
This resort offers relaxation and privacy in their new wooden cabins, along with a sauna, a jacuzzi, a restaurant, fireplaces and the best feature of all: a huge terrace to enjoy the Aurora away from the city lights.
Just 20 minutes away from the heart of Whitehorse and away from most of the light pollution, the Hidden Valley Bed and Breakfast is one of the best choices for travelers chasing the Northern Lights in Yukon.
It offers a big outdoor terrace to see the Aurora, nice breakfast, and rustic, cozy decor to maximize your comfort and help you enjoy the magical show.
Aurora Inn, the best Northern Lights hotel in Dawson City
Another top accommodation to see the Aurora in Yukon, this time from Dawson City, is the Aurora Inn. They offer great quality food, some rooms with jacuzzi, and the opportunity to take a step away from the city and see a display of the Northern Lights.
Just 30 minutes away from Whitehorse and in a superb location by the Yukon River, the Sundog Retreat offers homey wooden huts, sauna, and an outdoor jacuzzi so you can stay safe and warm while you watch the Northern Lights.
Our last suggested accommodation to see the Aurora in Yukon is the Triple B B&B, where you’ll enjoy the typical wooden huts with sauna in the middle of the forest.
The location is also superb for seeing the Aurora in Yukon: not too far from Whitehorse but far enough to stay away from light pollution and enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by the boreal forest.
Best Northern Lights hotels in Canada – Yellowknife
BLACHFORD LAKE LODGE, the best Northern Lights hotel in Yellowknife
This is one of the most remote Northern Lights hotels in Canada and, without a doubt, the best for enjoying the green lights away from all the light pollution.
It’s literally in the middle of Blachford Lake, so the only way to get there is through a scheduled bush plane. Once there, you’ll have all the necessary amenities and will enjoy an infinite list of services like restaurants, sauna, fireplaces, activities around the lake, and the cherry on top: a personal Northern Lights service alert. This is why it is undoubtedly one of the best Northern Lights hotels in the world.
Very close to Yellowknife but, at the same time, secluded along Grace Lake, you’ll feel at home at Grace Lake Villa.
The location is one of the best to see the Aurora Borealis in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
Jenny’s B&B offers the ultimate
experience to see the Northern Lights in Yellowknife: Hunting Aurora tours where a professional guide will take you on a Northern Lights chasing tour, and Aurora viewing experiences in cabins and teepees.
This accommodation is more like a classic house B&B than a hotel, so if you’re not so interested in luxuries but more into the Aurora Borealis experience, this is a very compelling option.
The Lou & Francis Guesthouse cares about making every detail perfect in order to make your stay and Northern Lights trip in the Northwest Territories unforgettable.
The service and food are one of the best rated in Yellowknife.
If your plan is to see the Aurora from a beautiful location, the lake views from the Amazing Aurora B&B are unbeatable.
From this accommodation, you’ll enjoy the Northern Lights reflected in the lake, one of the most impressive ways to see the Aurora.
If you’re looking for a more classic hotel, the Capital Suites Yellowknife might be your best bet. They offer a free transfer service from the airport, all the services you can find in standard hotels, and one of the best locations to chase the Aurora in all of Canada.
Best Northern Lights hotels in Canada – Churchill
A Frame Chalet, the best Aurora Borealis accommodation in Churchill
There aren’t many options for Northern Lights accommodation in Manitoba, but in this rustic wooden chalet, you’ll be in the perfect spot to see the Northern Lights in Churchill.
They also offer a transfer service to the airport.
A simpler and more affordable accommodation in Churchill is the Iceberg Inn, a small hostel offering all the basics to make your Northern Lights trip to Churchill enjoyable.
Best Northern Lights hotels in the Canadian Rockies
Jasper Inn & Suites, the best Northern Lights hotel in Alberta
Offering some of the darkest skies in all of North America, Jasper is one of the best locations to see the Northern Lights in the Canadian Rockies.
The Jasper Inn & Suites offers a high-quality hotel with a modern bar, terrace, swimming pool, sauna, and even more facilities to make your stay in Jasper unforgettable.
I’m a bit biased about the Emerald Lake Lodge. There, I was lucky enough to see the Northern Lights for the first time in my life, in a show that will forever remain in my memory.
The wooden cabins are rustic and a bit old-fashioned, but the food is superb, and the location is probably the best I’ve ever seen right in the middle of the most beautiful lake in the Canadian Rockies.
Best Northern Lights hotels in Nunavut
If your dream is to see the Aurora from a very remote and original location, the Frobisher Inn, in the city of Iqaluit, is not only your best but also very likely your only option to see the Northern Lights in the Arctic Nunavut territory.
The complex offers all the facilities of a standard hotel, with restaurants, gym, and spacious rooms.
Finally, I would suggest that regardless of the Northern Lights hotel in Canada you choose, remember to check the Northern Lights forecast every day through the official NOAA space administration website as well as the cloud forecast in Canada through Windy.com to see if there will be clear skies in your area.
If you’re a photographer and this is the first time you’re experiencing this phenomenon, I recommend our guide to photographing Northern Lights.
Good luck on your trip and Northern Lights chasing experience!