With 2024 poised to bring the best auroras in 20 years, it’s never been a better time to experience the Great White North which have some of the world’s best views of the northern lights. Peak viewing season runs from now until April, with many of Airbnb’s northern Canadian listings offering guests the chance to see the dazzling light display in the night sky.
Guests can explore more than 23,000 global Arctic Category listings,1 including those in northern Canada, to find the perfect cozy winter escape.
Finding the perfect northern getaway with Guest Favorites
Guests looking for standout stays in northern Canada can also leverage Airbnb’s Guest Favorites collection which features the 2 million most-loved homes on Airbnb based on ratings, reviews, and reliability data from over half a billion trips. Guest Favorites feature excellent reviews rated above 4.9 stars and Host cancellations and quality-related customer service issues below 1 percent, on average.
Airbnb’s curated collection of some of the most-loved northern Guest Favorites is the perfect inspiration for anyone in search of a winter wonderland.
Aurora Lodge Houseboat (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories)
The northern lights are on full display once the sun sets in this 2,200-square-foot houseboat on Vee Lake.
Beautiful cabin & spectacular view (Whitehorse, Yukon)
This secluded ranch overlooking Łu Zil Män (Fish Lake) is the perfect spot for a wintery northern escape.
Black Spruce – Red Door – Landscape Hotel (Whitehorse, Yukon)
Featuring a 10’x10′ window and a custom sauna scribed into the granite rock, this off-the-grid home gives guests a cozy winter escape and spectacular view.
Magundy Getaway (Faro, Yukon)
This off-grid log cabin, custom-built by the owners, is the perfect vacation hideaway nestled in the Magundy River valley with a view of mountains to the south.
Kluane Skyline (Haines Junction, Yukon)
This beautiful, modern 3-bedroom house is nestled into the forest on 3 acres of private land with a stunning view of the mountains.
Northern Lake Yukon Cabin (Crag Lake, Yukon)
This stay, located in a valley near Surprise Mountain, is ideal for watching the northern lights, giving a striking view of the auras.
Houseboat-Stay on the Bay (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories)
Located on Great Slave Lake, this houseboat is steps away from ski trails, an ice castle, dog sleds, coffee shops, an outdoor skating rink, and of course the aurora borealis in the night sky.
Docked Houseboat (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories)
This newly-renovated houseboat on Great Slave Lake is in the heart of Old Town, offering a spectacular view of the northern lights right from the comfort of home.
Entire Cabin at Lake Laberge (Whitehorse, Yukon)
Located on the banks of Deep Creek, this cabin offers guests miles of trails to explore, a frozen lake, and the crisp clean air of winter. Be sure to pack some snow gear!
Immersing yourself in Indigenous culture
One of the experiences guests appreciate most about travelling on Airbnb is finding listings in communities that help them live like a local. According to a recent survey, 65 percent of Airbnb guests in Canada and the US said staying with a host made them feel closer to the local culture than in a hotel or resort.2 And with 88 percent of Canadians wanting to support and partake in Indigenous travel experiences3 Canada’s territories offer guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in Indigenous culture found in destinations like the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
A recent analysis found that travel to Indigenous communities through Airbnb has surpassed pre-pandemic levels. From January to September 2023, the number of nights booked for listings within Indigenous communities increased more than 60 percent in Canada compared to the same period pre-pandemic.4
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