Aurora Village
Aurora Village
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A place where traditional Aboriginal culture blends together with modern amenities for a truly remarkable experience discovering the mystery of the aurora borealis. We are the aurora-viewing destination of choice in Yellowknife, Canada, providing the utmost in comfort and absolute beauty. We also provide complete experience from the beginning to end of your visit to Yellowknife. During the winter months you can experience Dogsledding, Snowshoeing, Snowmobiling, giant ice slide and roasting marshmallows over the open fire. In the summer Experience our Cultural Hiking experience and see how the land and wildlife connect into our culture, take a cruise on Great Slave Lake, explore and hike Cameron Falls or a guided wildlife tour and see if you can spot Bison and other local wildlife.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

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Jamie Coats
Kelowna, Canada2 contributions
Sep 2022
Booked 28 & 29th Of September - Auror Village is nicely laid out, with different places to camp out. What I found irritating was the complete lack of timing flexibility. People travel from all over the world to view this phenomenon and in my case, the aurora borealis kicked off 20 minutes before we were meant to leave. Instead of being flexible, we were repeatedly told to leave. This is hardly customer friendly or aware of the efforts made by guests.

I am sure they will say you can book extra time, if they say this then this is double irritating, yes you can but you have to do it earlier which given there was little sign of them showing is not likely and when they did, it was too late based on their rules. What they should have done is said those not on the bus pay the extra.
Written October 7, 2022
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PKB
6 contributions
Mar 2020
Our tour group unfortunately flew into Yellowknife on 16 March only to learn that Aurora Village had just closed due to new government restrictions relating to the coronavirus. However I wanted to give a big wrap to James Robinson from Aurora Village who was extremely patient and helpful to all of us under very difficult circumstances. If this is any indication of the service we would have received at the actual village then I couldnt recommend it highly enough.
Written April 7, 2020
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Mary S
Kingston, Canada7 contributions
Feb 2020
I booked the Ice FIshing demonstration, and a DogSled ride. You should know there is tons more to do while you are at the VIllage, waiting for the main activities you paid for. There is a giant ice slide, snowshoes to wear around the trails. There are teepees for warmth and story telling. There are firepits and marshmallows. You can be active for the entire afternoon, and then come back at night to see the Northern Lights. Many local indigenous people to talk about life in the bush. Friendly young guides to answer your questions. One note of caution: if you rent the clothing for the outdoor activities, make sure you check the size when you pick it up. I got the wrong size which limited the amount of activities I could do outside, I should have arrived early to get my gear and check it before the tour left. Everything else was great.
Written February 22, 2020
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Anne W
Yellowknife, Canada6 contributions
Nov 2019
I had heard from friends that went several years before that it was a great experience but apparently since then they have been growing too much and not keeping the quality of the service. They pack people on their buses, sometimes 8 or 9 buses a night and bring them to a area where they jam you into teepees with no room to sit. They spend the 30 bus trip saying you will see the Aurora even if the possibility is very low that night. They also spend this trip telling you how much it cost of rental of cameras, heated seats, etc etc. I total RIP OFF. I am embarrassed as a person who lives in Yellowknife that Tourists get scammed by this company.
Written July 7, 2020
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Malacite
3 contributions
Mar 2020
The Aurora Village is an okay location to see the Aurora but be prepared to be one of about 100 + people there. All trying to get photos at the same time. Also don't bother buying their extra warm seats. You need to move as the lights move and the seats are only in one location. Also there were a number of people they 'forgot' to show were these warm seats were located and then they didn't even offer them a refund when they asked about them.
Then there are the professional photos they take. Do not purchase them before hand because if you don't see the lights why bother. And if the lights do come out long enough and the photographer is near by the line up may be too long to get a photo in time before the lights dissapear. And they won't confirm if the photo is good before you leave nor take another for you. You have to walk up to the gift shop and they automatically print ot off. I was very upset by this as we waited all night to see the lights then got in line to get a photo and they wouldn't show us the photo. And when we went to check it out at the gift shop it was blurry. It was an awful photo. And it was 25 dollars to get just 1 copy. And since it was the end of the night and we had to leave on the bus we ended up buying it even though the photo sucked. No one at the shop cared that we were upset that they printed it before showing us the photo and the photographer wouldn't take any more photos. So we got a crappy blurry expensive photo that barely looked like the Aurora.
So overall it's a crappy location not worth the money, run by staff who don't care if you enjoy your experience and just want to get paid. And its extremely crowded.
If you want to go on a tour check out an Aurora hunting experience. They move around to find the lights and there are a lot less people.
The Aurora Village is a tourist trap.
Written March 9, 2020
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Love2Travel59
Scarborough143 contributions
Feb 2020
February 29th was a great night for the Aurora at the Aurora village. We were picked up at our hotel. We arranged to have dinner first which was very nice. We paid extra and rented the heated seats. Wasn’t worth the money as they were very uncomfortable and didn’t heat well. The guide we had was excellent. She showed us the various spots around the property that were good because they were high up or another because of the darkness. We had a teepee with wood stove inside to keep warm. The Aurora was fairly quiet early on but our guide came in several times to let us know activity was starting to happen which we really appreciated. Around 11 or 11:30 we started to see activity and thought that was it then around midnight the whole sky was in shades of green and the Aurora was dancing. It was an amazing experience.
Written March 1, 2020
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Foreverliz10
Vancouver, Canada327 contributions
Feb 2020
I was wary of this experience given some of the other reviews...but I had an amazing night there. The pickup was prompt, and it was a 30 min drive to the village where we were given a brief tour of the village and shown to our teepee. It was so cold (Feb 29) that I spent a lot more time in the teepee than expected, though did walk out to a couple of the viewpoints. The tea/coffee/hot chocolate powder and hot chocolate was great. The guides were all really nice and told us when there was something to see outside. We ended up with the most spectacular light show about 10 mins before the buses left to go back. It was perfect! If we hadn't seen anything this would have been a very expensive trip to a frozen field of teepees, but it was a fun experience and worth the money because we saw the aurora.
Written March 11, 2020
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Miranda L
Yellowknife, Canada4 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
in general is good, but only provide Cantonese and Mandarin speaking bus tour guide, which my child couldn't quite understand.
Fishing lunch was delicious but not enough. We caught quite a lot fish, but the fisherman only cut and bbq'ed four fish for more than 10 people to share. So everyone got a chance to taste, but definitely not enough for calling it a lunch.
Written February 24, 2020
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shengwu97
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Family
no english speaking guide in the tour bus to and from village.
Lunch is not enough. We, more than 10 people, each person just tasted two small pieces of the 4 bbq'ed fish, whereas we actually caught quite a lot fish. Where did the rest un-bbq'ed fish go
Written February 24, 2020
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johnbeward
1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Family
The office staff Jessica was amazing as was all the English speaking Guides we had. Celine was the best of the best and All the others Cecil (sp) Cristiano and Bonnie made our experience one we will never forget. There were seven of us in total all in their 30's to 70 and to a person we were well cared for.
Written March 16, 2020
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