This is for guests coming to Aurora Village for the first time! Discount applies to guests returning to Aurora Village for additional nights. (See Additional-night Aurora Viewing Tour.)
Our bus will transport you to Aurora Village approximately 17 kilometers out of Yellowknife. Many teepees stand tall along the shores of Aurora Lake glowing in the dark. It is a magical site to behold and serves as a magnificent backdrop for aurora photos. Aurora Village provides excellent services to our guests in our world class facility. Guides are available in English, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese to welcome you in a language you feel comfortable.
Upon arrival, our guides will lead you to your teepee which will serve as your base for the evening. After a brief orientation, you can walk around our spacious property to find your perfect aurora viewing location. Whether it’s on the frozen lake or one of our panorama viewing hills, you will be able to view the aurora in anyway you envision. Though staying near your teepee is popular with many guests, we recommend you explore the village if you are looking for a more secluded viewing. Ask our guides for assistance. Collapsible chairs are available throughout the village.
Warm up with hot beverage and get out of the sub arctic climate during your aurora tour at the village. You can visit our Gift Shop, or drop in at Dining Hall for a midnight snack and drinks. And don’t worry, we have a very warm, spacious, and well lit washrooms for maximum comfort! We have tripod rentals, Aurora Village memoir photo service, 360° outdoor heated, 90 minutes aurora viewing extension, etc. All extra services are accessible at the gift shop or by asking your guide.
Often misunderstood is that you can only see aurora at midnight. Yellowknife is situated directly under the aurora oval therefore the aurora is generally visible as soon as the sky darkens. Learn more about aurora from our guides at Aurora Village!
Our buses depart from downtown at 21:00 in winter, and 23:00 in August, and 22:00 in September and October. You will return to your hotel 4.5 hours later, or you can extend for additional 1.5 hours (extra cost) which you can decide the same evening.
(For “Hotel Pick-up Schedule” please click on the [Additional Information] tab above.)
< BOOKING AURORA-VIEWING TOUR ON YOUR ARRIVAL NIGHT: Please note that we have a fixed pick-up time in the 6 major hotels downtown. If you are going to book an Aurora Viewing Tour on your arrival date, please make sure you can meet our guide in the lobby of the hotel in time. To consider the risk of flight delay and cancellation is your responsibility. (Arrangement of airport pick-up and late tours is only offered to Hotel+Aurora PACKAGE.)
< WHEEL-CHAIR ACCESS: Aurora Village is happy to welcome guests with wheel-chairs on our Aurora-Viewing Tour. However, we ask that another person be present to accompany the guests. (Our guides and staff will be happy to assist, but will not be able to render fulltime assistance.) Please let us know at the time of booking, least two days in advance, that a wheel-chair will be used. We have one bus with wheel-chair lift, which is assigned on first-come first-served basis. In case it is not available, our staff will do our best to accommodate you onto our regular bus. For aurora-viewing, if the teepee seem not adequate, our Dining Hall will be used for the night. It is equipped with a wheel-chair accessible washroom. (The terrain around the teepees are snow covered and bumpy in winter, and difficult to maneuver over gravel in summer.) >
This is Departure Time. Please be in the lobby of the hotel at least 5 minutes before the scheduled time.
Our guides will come to the lobby to call you. We do consider on-time departure important. We thank you for your cooperation!
August 12 – 31
23:00 Chateau Nova
22:55 Explorer Hotel
22:50 Days Inn
22:45 Discovery Inn
22:40 Quality Inn
September 1 – October 13
22:00 Chateau Nova
21:55 Explorer Hotel
21:50 Days Inn
21:45 Discovery Inn
21:40 Quality Inn
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From November 20 – March 24 / March 25 – April 13
22:30 / 21:00 Chateau Nova
22:25 / 20:55 Explorer Hotel
22:20 / 20:50 Days Inn
22:15 / 20:45 Discovery Inn
22:10 / 20:40 Quality Inn
Please note that each bus does not necessarily stop at all the hotels, but do go directly to Aurora Village .