The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is a natural phenomenon attracting travelers to the northern regions of Manitoba, Canada every year. Travelers arrive in anticipation of catching a show put on by Northern Lights which illuminate the northern skies.
The Northern Lights are caused by a chemical reaction between the charged particles from the sun striking atoms in the earth's atmosphere. This reaction causes the electrons in the atoms to create a higher level of energy. When the electrons revert back to a lower form of energy, they release the beautiful dancing colors of the Aurora Borealis.
The lights are viewed on many nights of the year, however, the weather may impact viewing visibility. The best times to view the Northern Lights are when the skies are clear and the nights are dark. When nights are longer, between October and March, the viewing conditions and colors are best.
It is during the winter months when the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are viewed at their peak of activity. The skies are floating in rainbow-like colors - greens, yellows, blues and reds.
Throughout the Manitoba region are lodges and tour companies catering to the crowds who arrive every season to experience an Aurora Borealis. Accommodations range from lodges, igloos, resorts or cabins. Transportation to the site could be in the form of cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding or plane.