Chasing Aurora; A Dogsledding Journey

Roughly the same size as Spain with a population of 37,000 (23,000 of which reside in the capital city of Whitehorse), the Yukon is wild, remote and sparsely populated.  This northern Canadian gem offers what we believe is some of the best aurora borealis viewing in the world.  Marvel at the bright colors dancing across the night sky as you enjoy both guided and self-directed light viewing sessions.  Experience authentic Canadian transportation as you command your own dogsled team from one wilderness lodge to the next, across frozen lakes and wide open tundra.

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The Itinerary

Day 1

Upon your arrival in Whitehorse you’ll board your ski-plane for the short journey to Tagish Lake Wilderness Lodge. Your expert pilot will land you on the frozen lake directly in front of the lodge, where you’ll get settled and have supper before your first evening of northern lights viewing. Sip a hot drink and wait for the spectacular show, the bright northern lights are well worth the wait. Accommodations are at Tagish Lake Wilderness Lodge.

Day 2

This morning set out on a guided adventure around the lodge. Snowshoe, snowmobile or even try your hand at ice-fishing. There are endless winter activities to choose from, and the choice is yours. In the afternoon, a team of sled dogs will arrive for an afternoon dogsledding lesson. Learn about the sport of dogsledding from a professional musher and get a feel for commanding your own team of dogs in preparation for tomorrow’s journey. Accommodations are at Tagish Lake Wilderness Lodge.

Day 3

Enjoy a leisurely morning before your departure today. Late morning your team of dogs will arrive, excited for the journey ahead. Mushing your dogs across frozen lakes and barren tundra, commuting can’t get more Canadian than this! Continuing to Southern Lakes Resort with a brief stop for lunch, you’ll arrive at your next wilderness lodge in the late afternoon. Enjoy some free time to get acquainted with your new surroundings before dinner, and another evening of lights viewing. Accommodations are at Southern Lakes Resort.

Day 4

Today explore the surrounding Southern Lakes region with a naturalist guide as you snowshoe through the scenic and snowy terrain. Learning about flora, fauna and wildlife native to the area, you’ll stop for a cozy campfire before returning to Southern Lakes Resort. Another evening of aurora viewing lies ahead, on an unguided and flexible schedule. Accommodations are at Southern Lakes Resort.

Day 5

After a hearty breakfast you’ll have some free time before the arrival of your ski-plane. Hike or snowshoe the surrounding Southern Lakes region, taking in your final moments of vast and stunning tundra scenery. Your pilot will safely deliver you from Southern Lakes Resort to Whitehorse, where you’ll board your flight(s) home. Safe travels!

 The Route