The Northern Lights Resort & Spa, Sleep & See the Aurora Borealis
Have you dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights? How about from the comfort of your bed? That’s right, from the comfort of your bed you can view the Aurora Borealis in Whitehorse in one of the newly completed Aurora Glass Chalets at the Northern Lights Resort and Spa. If standing outside in -30 C weather is not for you then cuddled up under a duvet may make for the perfect Aurora Borealis viewing.
Located 20 minutes south of Whitehorse and far away from the city’s light pollution is the Northern Lights Resort and Spa. Situated on 160 acres in the Yukon River Valley it is surrounded by pine forests and ringed by mountains. It is an escape from everything and one of the best places to catch the Northern Lights by simply walking out your cabin door.
I’ve already spent one night chasing the Aurora with a midnight light tour that included transportation from Whitehorse and about 2 hours of light watching. But the option to just walk out your cabin door and look up or even better cosy up in bed with the lights off is so appealing that I just have to book a few nights in at the resort.
Owned and operated by a German Canadian couple, warm hospitality underlies the entire experience I had at the resort. From check-in where I was greeted and escorted to my cabin to welcoming me and my friends for our daily breakfast and dinner.
Let’s start with the main lodge. This is where everything happens except sleeping. There is a communal living room with a fireplace and comfy couches plus a dining area where all the guests at the resort gather for meals. It’s family style seating at the dinner table. With only seven cabins (max 14-16 ppl) at the resort you are guaranteed an intimate experience and may even make some new friends. The main lodge is also where you can connect to the word via WiFi.
The Northern Light Resort and Spa has seven cabins as I mentioned. Four of them are log cabins like the log made out of Douglas Fir. The newest addition is the three Aurora Glass Chalets which are very modern in their feel and come with floor to ceiling windows that give you an amazing view of the night sky from the comfort of your bed.
I stayed in one of the traditional log cabins that’s located right beside the main lodge. This is the one you book if you want to have some WiFi connection. While it may not have the floor to ceiling windows that the chalets have it is perfect for me. Cosy, warm and all the amenities I need complete with TV, coffee and mini fridge for midnight snacks while I’m watching the lights.
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Meals at the resort are part of the package with daily breakfast and dinner included and packed lunches available upon request. Chef Cameron Dafoe serves up a menu of dishes that are worthy of a restaurant dining experience. Check out some of the dishes I enjoyed during my stay.
Breakfast is European style with cold meats, cheese, breakfast pastries and a soft boiled egg. You’ll love “cracking” your egg every morning as I did and yes it is available to purchase to take home with you.
When it comes to adventure the resort itself focuses on hosting you and has partnered with some of the best tour operators in the area. You can book adventures through the resort and enjoy more of the magic that winter in the Yukon offers.
For Northern Light viewing, you don’t have to be a photo expert to capture the magic in the sky. Every night Brandon Whey will set up the Teepee as a warming station and give you tips and tricks on how to photograph the Aurora Borealis. If you don’t have your own photography equipment you can rent theirs to make sure you get the best photo memories possible.
The resort also has spa services available for booking. Maybe after a day of dogsledding or ice fishing, a massage and sauna will be what the doctor ordered. Their motto is relax-enjoy-feel good after all.
One of the unexpected and unplanned adventures you may have at the Northern Lights Resort & Spa is wildlife viewing. While I was hanging out in the main lodge enjoying a whiskey before dinner by the fireplace a Red Fox came by the lodge to say hi.
One final thing you should know about booking your Yukon Winter adventure at Northern Lights Resort & Spa is that the 2018/2019 season is already booked out. That means you need to book now for the 2019/2020 season. If you want an intimate boutique bed & breakfast experience and the chance to watch the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed then you need to book now!