THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
IN CHURCHILL, MANITOBA
THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, according to an Inuit legend, are the ancestors playing football with a walrus skull. In Norse mythology, the glimmering lights are the spears, armor and helmets of the Valkyries. There are countless stories around the world of these otherworldly lights that hang like fluorescent curtains in the night sky, and the real phenomenon behind the northern lights, or aurora borealis, is just as awe-inspiring. High-energy particles stream out from the sun toward Earth and collide with gases in the atmosphere to create the brilliant green, yellow and purple bands of light. Churchill, Man., is one of the best places in the world to see this amazing display. Situated beneath the Auroral Oval, a band of activity in the atmosphere circling each of Earth’s poles, Churchill sees the northern lights an impressive 300 days per year, with the best chances of seeing them from January to April. Here are some of the best ways to view the northern lights in Churchill.