AURORA VILLAGE – A Class of Its Own

World-class aurora-viewing and outdoor recreation paired with a commitment to top-notch customer service have made us the industry leader. And while northern lights and cold nights go together (it’s part of what makes our environment spectacular), you don’t have to be uncomfortable! Aurora Village is the only place in the world offering custom-made, heated outdoor viewing seats that swivel 360 degrees, so you can catch every angle of the aurora borealis. We consulted Aboriginal elders to develop a unique design resembling traditional sleighs, which are guaranteed to keep you cozy and covered. With five viewing hills located throughout our expansive wilderness property, you can quietly absorb the unobstructed wondrous night sky in seclusion or share the experience with a group. The choice is yours.

And there’s a reason we call it a village. With 21 white teepees dotting the perimeter of a pristine lake, every visitor has a place to call “home,” complete with a warm wood stove and your choice of hot drinks.

From November to April, Aurora Village also transforms into a daytime winter wonderland offering the quiet joys of snowshoeing, the exhilaration of driving a dog team across the white landscape or the thrills of our giant snow slide.


Meet the Owners

Since opening in November 2000, we have grown to become Yellowknife’s premier aurora-viewing destination. Aurora Village is entirely Aboriginal-owned by Don and Gladys Morin. Formerly from Fort Resolution – the oldest trading settlement in the territories and home to mostly Dene and Metis people – the Morins lived both a traditional and modern way of life with their four sons, fishing, trapping and hunting. They now call Yellowknife home and have made it their mission to share their Aboriginal heritage with others through Aurora Village. You can rest assured that safety, experience and knowledge are the backbone of everything we do. Let us take care of you, so you can enjoy the vacation of a lifetime!

Mahsi cho and thank you!


Facilities

Aurora Village

Our facilities provide maximum comfort in an extremely cold environment – even our outdoor men’s and women’s washrooms are heated – as well as spacious, comfortable viewing areas with no obstructions and room for more than 400 people on-site.

Regardless of how many guests arrive, you can still enjoy peace and solitude throughout our grounds. You can find a secluded hilltop, sit under a spruce or pine tree, settle into a folding chair by Aurora Lake or a heated seat on Muskox or Caribou Hills – and prepare to enjoy one of the most spectacular shows on earth.

Teepees

Upon arrival at Aurora Village, just a 30-minute drive from Yellowknife, the glowing, towering white teepees make a stunning first impression. The traditional Aboriginal shelters come in a variety of sizes and our general teepees are included at no extra charge. Stocked with hot beverages, tables and chairs, the teepee offers you a warm place to rest. It’s also where you can ask questions of your tour guide who keeps the fire stoked throughout the night. Meet other travelers from around the world who share your fascination with the aurora and make some new friends!

If you’re looking for a more private experience, you can spend time in our special ‘honeymoon’ teepee. (Please note that although use of our general teepees is included at no extra charge, there are rental fees for booking a private teepee and is subject to availability.)

Heated Seats and Folding Chairs

Aurora Village is the only place in the world offering custom-made, heated outdoor viewing seats that swivel 360 degrees, so you can catch every angle. We consulted Aboriginal elders to develop a unique design resembling traditional sleighs, which are guaranteed to keep you cozy and covered.

Washrooms

Coming soon.

Gift Shop

Want the memory to last a lifetime? Stop by our gift shop for a memento of Aurora Village! We have souvenir aurora photos, CDs, DVDs and more that capture the magic of the northern lights. For something more personal, you can pay to have one of our professional photographers on site take striking photos of you beneath the dancing lights. The gift shop is also the place to rent tripods and get some photo tips from our knowledgeable staff to help you get great photos on your own.

Dining Hall

Visitors to Aurora Village can book a delicious Aurora Dinner at our newly renovated dining hall with their tour. Enjoy our chef’s northern fare and a wide selection of Canadian and imported wines, spirits and beer. There is also a late-night menu for hungry aurora viewers – everything from fresh whitefish to bison stew with our traditional bread known as bannock – so you can warm up and grab a bite before the end of your tour. Filled with warm, hand-made log furniture the dining hall is open to tours only and not the general public.

Downtown Booking Office

Gift Shop – Trading Post

For those wanting to bring back a piece of Canada, we also have Aboriginal crafts, jewelry, clothing and bags, as well as delicious maple syrup and other Canadian goodies. With something for everyone, there’s an even larger selection of fine northern and Canadian gifts at our new store inside our downtown Yellowknife office.

To extend your viewing time, you can purchase a coupon from the gift shop and give it to your guide before midnight in your designated teepee to enjoy an additional 1.5 – 3 hours of aurora.

Tour Guides

Coming soon.

Buses

Coming soon.