How to See the Northern Lights in Ontario 2024: The Ultimate Guide

47 tips, tricks, and itineraries to help you see aurora borealis in Ontario, Canada and plan your Northern Lights adventure.

We get a lot of questions about the Northern Lights up here in Northern Ontario. How do we spot them? Where's the best place in Ontario to see the Northern Lights? How do you take good pictures of the Northern Lights? Well, we've got the answers. Not only are we the best place in Canada to spot the lights, we're also the easiest to get to—just a few short hours from Southern Ontario and you're in aurora borealis paradise. We've even got a Northern Lights festival—Canada's longest-running annual festival! 

Catching a display of the shimmering green, purple, and yellow lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience—unless you live in Northern Ontario, of course. 

We've rounded up our top stories about the Northern Lights into one handy guide. 

What's the Best Time of Year to See the Northern Lights?

Fall and winter are the best times to spot the Northern Lights in Ontario.

What Kind of Weather is Best for Seeing the Northern Lights?

Basically, clear and cold. That's why Northern Ontario is the perfect place to spot them! Check for the best time to view the Northern Lights.

Where Can I See the Northern Lights in Ontario?

3 Northern Ontario Road Trips for Spotting Northern Lights 

You've heard of storm chasers? Chasing the Northern Lights is no different! Keep an eye on the space weather and get ready to hit the road on one of these 3 Northern Ontario road trips for Northern Lights lovers. Whether you're in your RV, car, or motorcycle, just keep looking up while you drive and once you've reached your destination—these are 3 spots where the lights are common sightings. 

4 Ways to Increase Your Odds of Seeing the Northern Lights

So you want to see the lights? Here are 4 tips to help your chances. Tip number one? Get out of town. 

How Can I Take Photos of the Northern Lights?

Top Tips for Taking Better Photos of the Northern Lights

Taking photos of the Northern Lights is notoriously difficult. Here are our two guides to taking better photos.

3 of the Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Sunset Country

Aurora Borealis seen from Lake of the Woods, Ontario // Photo credit: Andrew Sharples, Unsplash

Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario is a vast place. It can be hard to know where to go for the best Northern Lights viewing. Here's an insider's guide to 3 of the best spots to catch the lights—take it from a local who knows. 

Tips for spotting the Northern Lights in Algoma Country

If you're trying to spot the lights from places like Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, or White River in Algoma Country, check out this guide for predicting the lights and photographing them—plus some great photos. "In Algoma, a KP level of 3 is enough to capture lights with your camera—the higher the number the stronger and more prevalent the lights are."

Celebrate the Northern Lights at Northern Lights Festival Boréal in Sudbury.

This annual festival turns 52 in 2024.

Why Catching a Glimpse of the Northern Lights is So Special

When you do spot the lights, it's often a moving experience. Depending on who you're with and where, it's something you'll remember for a lifetime. Here's one woman's story about why seeing the Northern Lights was one of the best nights of her life

About Northern Ontario

Welcome to Northern Ontario, Canada! Bigger than Texas, wilder than the west, more welcoming than a campfire in October, Northern Ontario is like no place else. Sunset Country is famous for its spectacular fishing lakes, Superior Country stretches into the deep north wildnerness, Algoma Country has Lake Superior as their back yard, and the Northeast provides excellent vacation destinations close to Toronto and other large urban centres in Southern Ontario.

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