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“Best place to see the northern lights!”
Review of Aurora Village

Aurora Village
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 11, 2012

Aurora village is the best place to go to see the northern lights. The staff is very organized and friendly. They offer great activities during the day like drive your own dog sled team which is what we did and it was amazing. At night the aurora lights stream across the whole sky big and bright. A staff member tells you when they have come out so you can stay warm in the teepees till then. Overall amazing experience.

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Reviewed February 6, 2012

Do not be put off by Aurora Village's focus on Asian tourists. Our group of 16 had 2 leaders, one Japanese and one local Dene, and the courtesy given to both English and Japanese was wonderful. You might even say that the English-speaking tourists are given extra special attention! Rent their clothing for the adventure. Absolutely topnotch, clean, and in good condition. We picked up the clothing in its dry cleaning bag at Yellowknife Inn early in the afternoon, and when they dropped us back off at 3am, an Aurora Village employee waited in the lobby of our hotel for us to change and return the clothing. This saved us a great hassle the following morning. The tipis are warm and cozy, the dining hall big and spacious. We spent most of the evening gazing at he sky in anticipation of the Aurora from our roost in the heated viewing seats. Once the Aurora appeared and began its dance, the evening really started to get exciting, with the area and the frozen lake filled with sounds of oooos and ahhhhs. We extended our visit by 90 minutes to catch even more delightful views.

3  Thank LizardHntr
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

This place is worth every penny. The highlight is the "ice slide". No worries on getting cold while using the outhouse as they are heated and are equiped with warm wipes too!

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Reviewed December 12, 2011

The service was good, facilities was great.

Remember to check aurora forecast before booking.

2  Thank xbtsw
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

We tumbled upon Aurora Village on the Internet while researching the Aurora Borealis in Yellowknife. Young Japanese couples flock to Yellowknife in the winter months for the Northern Lights. One myth is that a child conceived under the dancing northern lights will produce a prosperous son.

With high hopes of seeing the Aurora Borealis with it's famous green, orange, and red colors we jumped on a tour bus and headed north. The bus unloaded our group at 'Aurora Village' around 8:45pm. Our English speaking tour guide, Brittany, showed us around the village in the dark. There were at least 5 teepee's on the grounds, they were large, clean and warm with hot drinks and tables to rest in. It was much larger inside then I expected.

Our group was then led to the cabin where homemade Buffalo soup was served.
The soup tasted like beef barley soup, not too rich, meat was tender and it warmed the body. The soup was served with bannock and a butter and maple syrup spread. The bannock served here looked and tasted allot like a tea biscuit. What made this bannock really tasty was the maple syrup and butter mixture.

For a little added comfort and luxury you can rent heated seats at the village, book these before your arrival. The seats were on a deck surrounded by trees and the northern sky. We expected the seats to be really warm almost hot but that wasn't the case. The seats were warm. It took two minutes for our bare hands to start freezing without gloves on in the middle of the village however we could take our gloves off in the heated seats and felt very warm and cozy.

Snowshoes were available with lit trails to follow, experiments to watch and participate in and don't forget your camera. If you visit the Aurora Village during the winter months be prepared for very cold weather. If you book this trip to the Aurora Village you can preorder boots, coatsand mittens which will be ready and waiting for you at your hotel when you arrive. Also purchase digital film for extreme cold weather conditions or your camera may stop working.

To our disappointment, we did not see the Aurora Borealis due to clouds that evening non the less the experience was incredible and romantic. The bus picked us up at the Village and returned us to our hotel around 1:30am.

11  Thank Another_Excursion
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