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9 travel packages to see the northern lights in Manitoba this winter

Posted December 13, 2021 | Author Breanne Sewards

Discover the northern lights; an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon that has inspired myth, poetry and art. Located directly beneath the Auroral Oval, Churchill, Manitoba is one of the best places on Earth to see the vivid beauty of the aurora borealis. Here are a collection of packages to get you up north in winter 2022.


1. Winter Skies: Aurora and Astronomy

Churchill Northern Studies Centre | 6 days | $2669 + taxes

A learning vacation with the Churchill Northern Studies Centre combines science with tourism. Each day features a variety of activities, learning sessions and of course the chance to marvel at the aurora from either the comfort of the CNSC’s heated viewing dome or from the outdoor decks.

2022 package dates: February 25 to March 2, 2022

Trees silhouetted against the northern lights filled sky, reflected in the glass like ice.
Northern lights dancing and swirling over a snowy forest.

Package includes:

  • Dorm-style accommodation
  • Tours/Activities such as dog sledding with Wapusk Adventures, snowmobile excursion, local tours including Churchill Rocket Range and town and area, cultural presentation and daily lectures from an astronomy specialist
  • All local transfers and pick up/drop off from Churchill airport or train station
  • All meals aside from one lunch at your own expense and any meals after breakfast on departure day.

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2. Seven Day Northern Lights Photography Trip

Discover Churchill | Seven days | $4995 CAD

Gazing at the northern lights with the human eye is one thing; capturing them via camera lens is another. This week-long photography tour will give you all the tips and tricks you need to capture the vivid colours of the aurora borealis that are not always visible to the eye.

2022 package dates: February 6 to 12, February 13 to 19, February 20 to 26, February 27 to March 5, March 6 to 12, March 13 to 19, March 20 to 26

Alex de Vries

Alex de Vries

Package includes:

  • Round trip airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill
  • Hotel accommodation in Winnipeg at Courtyard by Marriott (Winnipeg Airport)
  • Hotel accommodation in Churchill at the Aurora Inn
  • All transportation in Churchill
  • Northern Lights Photography and Editing Workshop
  • Daily afternoon activities in Churchill* (looking for wildlife, landscape photography, museum visit, dogsledding, Sloops Cove & Ithaca hike)
  • Aurora hunting every night at four different locations (four nights)
  • $4995 CAD

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3. Four Day Northern Lights Weekend Getaway

Discover Churchill | Four Days | $3995.95

For those seeking the most exciting weekend of their lives. This four day weekend getaway will have visitors touring the town of Churchill by day and viewing the northern lights by night.

2022 package dates: February 4 to 7, February 11 to 14, February 18 to 21, February 25 to 28, March 4 to 7, March 11 to 13, March 18 to 21

Package includes:

  • Round trip airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill
  • Hotel accommodation in Churchill at the Aurora Inn
  • All transportation in Churchill
  • Northern Lights Photography and Editing Workshop (optional)
  • Daily afternoon activities in Churchill* (looking for wildlife, landscape photography, museum visit, dogsledding, Sloops Cove & Ithaca hike)
  • Aurora hunting every night at three different locations (three nights)
  • $3995.95

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4. Aurora Call List

Discover Churchill | One night | $295.95 CAD + tax

For the DIY traveller, join the “Aurora Call List” for a courtesy call when the northern lights are visible during your stay in Churchill. Experienced tour guides will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to their favourite spots to photograph the night sky.

Alex de Vries

Package includes:

  • Courtesy phone call when the northern lights are out
  • Transportation to and from your accommodation in Churchill
  • Guided outing to photograph the aurora borealis
  • $295.95 + tax
  • *does NOT include airfare*

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5. Northern Lights & Arctic Exploration Itinerary

Great White Bear | Seven days | $6295 USD + tax

Book this all-inclusive arctic exploration package to witness the mystical northern lights from four incredible vantage points including the infamous Aurora Pods and Aurora Domes.

2022 package dates: Between January and March, 2022

Alex de Vries

Package includes:

  • Transportation between Winnipeg and Churchill
  • Accommodation at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg
  • Visit to the infamous Aurora Pod, heated Aurora Domes, a cabin in the boreal forest, and a teepee
  • Private snowcoach expedition and snowshoe hike through the boreal forest.
  • Dogsledding, igloo building and cultural tours
  • Cold weather gear including parkas, boots and gloves
  • All meals
  • 6295 USD + taxes

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6. Northern Lights and Winter Nights

Frontiers North Adventures | Six days | $5749 CAD + taxes

Combining a once-in-a-lifetime view with a once-in-a-lifetime meal? Yes please. Treat yourself with this all-inclusive winter adventure where you can view and photograph the aurora borealis and dine beneath the northern lights.

2022 package dates: February 25 to March 2, March 2 to 7

Package includes:

  • Round trip flights between Winnipeg and Churchill (transportation by train is also available)
  • Accommodation for two nights in Winnipeg, three nights in Churchill
  • Evening forest excursion to photograph the northern lights
  • Exclusive culinary experience at Dan’s Diner
  • Dogsledding and interpretive program
  • Evening at Thanadelthur Lodge
  • Presentation at Polar Bears International House
  • Tour of Itsanitaq Museum and visit to Parks Canada Visitor Centre
  • Interpretive boreal forest snowshoe trek
  • All meals included
  • $5749 CAD + taxes

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7. Photo Adventure: Northern Lights in Churchill

Frontiers North Adventures | Eight days | $6449 CAD + taxes

Guided by an expert photographer, this all-inclusive trip offers travellers the opportunity to capture the stunning northern lights from the tundra. See the incredible northern landscapes by day and photograph the aurora borealis from a new, secluded location each night.

2022 package dates: February 22 to March 1, March 3 to 10, March 6 to 13

Cole Moszynski

Cole Moszynski

Package includes:

  • Round trip flights between Winnipeg and Churchill (transportation by train is also available)
  • Accommodation for three nights in Winnipeg, four nights in Churchill
  • Planetarium presentation and interactive program “Inuit: People of the North” at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg
  • Introductory Northern Lights Photography Workshop
  • Evening forest excursion
  • Exclusive culinary experience at Dan’s Diner
  • Dogsledding and interpretive program
  • Evening visit to Thanadelthur Lounge
  • Interpretive snowshoe trek
  • Evening visit to Wapusk Adventures
  • Tour of Churchill and area
  • Visit to Parks Canada Visitor Centre, Itsanitaq Museum and Polar Bears International House
  • All meals
  • $6449 CAD +tax

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Simon Gee

Simon Gee

8. Subarctic Discovery: Churchill Northern Lights

Frontiers North Adventures | Three days | $4599 CAD + taxes

Here's one to book for NEXT winter! Fly direct on a private charter flight from Calgary to Churchill to snowshoe, dogsled and witness one of the natural wonders of the world. The small group tour takes you to new locations each night to enjoy the northern lights show in different settings on the taiga.

2023 package dates: March 11 to 13

Package includes:

  • Round trip private chartered flights between Calgary and Churchill
  • Accommodation for two nights in Calgary, two nights in Churchill
  • Exclusive culinary experience at Dan’s Diner
  • Evening visit to Thanadelthur Lounge
  • Dogsledding and interpretive program
  • Guided snowshoe trek through the boreal forest
  • Evening forest excursion
  • Visit to Itsanitaq Museum and Parks Canada Visitor Centre
  • All meals
  • $4119 CAD +tax

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9. Nights Under Lights

Nanuk Operations | Six days | $2995.95 CAD + tax

This five-day tour begins on the train from Thompson to Churchill for your first chance to view the northern lights from a dome car. Once you arrive in Churchill, marvel at the aurora borealis from a modern yurt nestled in the boreal forest.

2022 package dates: February 11 to 16, February 18 to 23

Package includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in Churchill at the Aurora Inn (includes kitchenette)
  • Evening outings to a yurt in the boreal forest to view the northern lights
  • Snowshoe adventure
  • Town and area tour of Churchill
  • Cultural presentations from Florence Hamilton and Katie De Meulles
  • Dogsledding with Wapusk Adventures
  • Visit to Itsanitaq museum and Parks Canada Visitor Information Centre
  • All shuttles
  • Dinners
  • 2995.95 CAD + taxes

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All travellers must be fully vaccinated to visit Churchill and participate in these tour packages.

About The Author

Hey! I'm Breanne, Editorial Content Specialist for Travel Manitoba. First to jump in the lake and last to make it down the River Trail. Lover of croissants, cats, and croissant-shaped cats. Got a story idea? Email me at bsewards@travelmanitoba.com.

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