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Aurora Borealis, northern lights

The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights are mesmerizing, dynamic displays of light that appear in the night time northern skies. The Aurora is caused by energetic particles that enter the atmosphere from above and create the luminous glow of the upper atmosphere. There are few sights that equal the magic and mystery of these brilliant waves of color dancing in the cool night air.

Fort McMurray is located within the auroral band that roughly centers on the 65th parallel, we are privileged to watch the Aurora Borealis dance most cold, clear evenings from October to March.

However, nature doesn’t follow a schedule and viewings on hot August nights are common. The aurora may appear for hours at a time or disappear in the blink of an eye. Patience and persistence are often required but the experience and memories are priceless.

Viewing Tips

  • Check the forecast at AURORAWATCH.CA.
  • The best times to view the aurora are around midnight, but they can often be seen anytime from 9pm to 3am.
  • Aurora viewing is affected by a variety of factors, such as cloud cover, moonlight, and urban light pollution.
  • Aurora is often seen within the urban area of Fort McMurray but the light pollution can make it difficult to see the aurora, so head a few minutes out of town for better viewing.
  • Be patient, wear warm clothes and bring something warm to drink.
  • Look in the direction of North and North East

Photography Tips

  • Use an SLR camera with a wide angle lens
  • High speed film, 200 to 400 ISO
  • Use manual settings and turn off all automatic features
  • Use a tripod and cable release to prevent jarring
  • Vary exposures anywhere from 15 to 60 seconds
  • Don’t use filters
  • Carry spare batteries in a warm place as the cold can cause them to lose power

Rates are per person
They are in Canadian dollars. The 4% Tourism Levy is included. Subject to 5% GST
They are valid on Friday and Saturday nights stays.

Experience a Northern Canadian Adventure with our Aurora Borealis tour with Northern Lights Outdoor Excursions:

Enjoy 2 nights and 3 days starting at $787 +tax based on double occupancy (Minimum Tour of 10 people)

or

Enjoy 3 nights and 4  days starting at $1071 +tax based on double occupancy (Minimum Tour of 10 people)

This once in a life-time package includes:

BASIC INCLUSIONS:

  • 2  or 3 overnights at one of our hotels
  • 2  or 3 nights of Aurora viewing (private site, comfortable building with indoor plumbing/washrooms, hot meals and drinks, telescope, sky tours, Aurora slideshow and professional photography instructions, Boreal Forest interpretive walk, and snow shoeing. These activities depends on Aurora and weather conditions)
  • Guided service
  • Onsite Astronomer with telescope for Aurora & Star Interpretive presentation
  • Transportation pick-up and drop off airport and viewing site

Add On:

  • Breakfast Package, Retail $21 service included, plus 5% GST

  • Welcome Dinner, Retail $65 service included, plus 5% GST

  • Clothing Rental, Retail $63 service included, plus 5% GST

PLEASE NOTE
- Advise NLOEA if guests have food allergies or are vegetarians
- Taxes are subject to change as per legislation

 

2017/2018/2019 Optional Excursions Four Packages:

Optional Excursions Run Friday Saturday and Sunday with all NLOEA guaranteed departure dates below
Please note NLOEA provide all transportation for these packages

Activity Package

Wild Winter

Dec Tour Dates to Feb Tour Dates listed below

Itinerary

12:30 pm Transportation Pick up from listed hotel
1:00pm – 2:30pm Guided City Tour of Fort McMurray
2:30pm – 4:00pm Vista Ridge Winter Tube Park (winter clothing and boxed lunch provided)
4:00pm – Bus Pickup from Vista Ridge back to selected Hotel
6:00 Pick up for dinner (3 course select menu)
8:00 Pickup from Dinner back to select hotel
10:00 Departure for LOEA viewing ​

 

Stay Active

Sept Tour Dates to May Tour Dates Listed Below

Itinerary

12:30 pm Transportation Pick up from listed hotel
1:00pm – 2:30pm Guided City Tour of Fort McMurray
2:30pm – 4:00pm Macdonald Island (Swimming pool with
waterslides, rock climbing, open gym with soccer, badminton,
basketball and volleyball, workout facility) Boxed Lunch provided
Additional cost golf simulator
4:00pm – Bus Pickup from Macdonald Island
4:30pm – 6:00pm Peter Pond Mall and Boom Town Casino
6:00 Pick up for dinner (3 course select menu)
8:00 Pickup from Dinner back to select hotel
10:00 Departure for NLOEA viewing

Back In Time

Sept Tour Dates to May Tour Dates Listed Below

Itinerary

12:30 pm Transportation Pick up from listed hotel
1:00pm – 2:30pm Guided City Tour of Fort McMurray
2:30pm – 4:00pm Historical actor guided tour and activities through
Heritage Park boxed lunch provided
4:00pm – Bus Pickup from Heritage Park
4:30pm – 6:00pm Peter Pond Mall and Boom Town Casino
6:00 Pick up for dinner (3 course select menu)
8:00 Pickup from Dinner back to select hotel
10:00 Departure for NLOEA viewing

Discover

Sept Tour Dates to May Tour Dates Listed Below

Itinerary

12:30 pm Transportation Pick up from listed hotel
1:00pm – 2:30pm Discovery Center Tour
2:30pm – 3:30pm Guided Syncrude Oil Sands Tour boxed lunch provided
3:30pm – 4:30pm Guided City Tour of Fort McMurray
4:30pm – 6:00pm Peter Pond Mall and Boom Town Casino
6:00 Pick up for dinner (3 course select menu)
8:00 Pickup from Dinner back to select hotel
10:00 Departure for NLOEA viewing

Scheduled NLOEA 2017

*Private group dates available upon request*

NEW MOON                                                     TOUR DATES

September 19, 2017                                         Sept 15 - 17 

                                                                          Sept 22 – 24 (Guaranteed Departures) 
                                                                          Sept 29 - 1 (Guaranteed Departures)                                         

 

 October 19, 2017                                              Oct 13 - 15
                                                                           Oct 20 – 22 (Guaranteed Departures)            

November 18, 2017                                            Nov 17 – 19 (Guaranteed Departures)

                                                                           Nov 24 – 26

December 17, 2017                                           Dec 1 – 3 Dec 8 – 10 (Guaranteed Departures)

                                                                          Dec 15 – 17 (Guaranteed Departures) Dec 22 – 24

 

Book your tour today!

 Click here for 2 nights and 3 days pricing.   

 Click here for 3 nights and 4 days pricing.

Website:  www.nloea.com

Jean Westbrook: Area Sales Coordinator (403) 474-4934 

[email protected]

Pricing is  net and in Canadian dollars.
Rates are per person
Subject to 5% GST. Taxes are subject to change as per legislation.

Terms and Conditions
Contract Valid: The contract must be signed two weeks from submission date
Airport Transportation: Arrival and Departure times required two weeks prior to arrival,
transportation will have a sign with guests name written clearly upon arrival.
Check In and Check out: Check- In time is 3:00pm. While every effort is made to accommodate
guests arriving before the check-in time, rooms may not be available.

Alta-Can Aurora Tours

http://www.altacan.ab.ca/

SPRING AURORA: APR TO MID-MAY

First there was Winter Aurora viewing tours, then Autumn Aurora viewing tours were added, then late Summer Aurora viewing tours and now, the most exciting of all, SPRING AURORA VIEWING TOURS

What makes Spring Aurora Viewing possible? The answer is LOCATION. Some very basis information about the Aurora and darkness:

  • Electrically charged particles from the Sun are blasted out from the surface of the sun all the time. The particles travel on solar winds all over the Universe. Many solar winds come to the earth and enter our north and south magnetic poles to collide with atoms in our atmosphere to create the phenomenon known as the Aurora. This activity continues on an ongoing basis throughout the year
  • The reason we cannot see the Aurora in the Spring and Summer is that we do not have enough darkness (the days are too long). The further north a destination is, the sooner it gets long periods of daylight and very short periods of darkness (if darkness at all)
  • The Aurora forms ovals or rings around the northern and southern parts of the earth (Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis).  Being under these Ovals gives one the best opportunity to view the Aurora. Interestingly to note, the Aurora Oval can get much wider when the geomagnetic activity (causing the Aurora) gets stronger. In such a case, the Auroral Oval expands towards the Equator (southward for the Aurora Borealis and northward for the Aurora Australis)
  • This brings us to LOCATION. Fort McMurray is located under the southern edge of the Auroral Oval. All other Aurora destinations are significantly further north. The result is that Fort McMurray has darkness much longer than the other destinations during the Spring and as such the Aurora can be viewed later into the year
  • Re. darkness (www.theweathernetwork.com):
    • May15: sunset at 21:36 and darkness at 22:39
    • Alta-Can Aurora Tours only conducts tours during times when the Moon is not an obstacle to viewing the Aurora (Aurora viewing tours during the New Moon Cycle)

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Did You Know

The Fort McMurray area was settled about 220 years ago

Over 200 years ago, Peter Pond and the Voyagers of the Northwest Trading Company traveled through this area in search of furs and discovered land of wild water, lush forests and abundant wildlife.