The Yukon has a sub-arctic climate. The weather ranges from sunny, warm summers to cold, snowy winters. In summer, the temperature can be 30°C (86°F) and the hot spot of Canada while in winter it can drop below -40°C (-40°F). The average temperature from December to February is -20°C (-4°F). Whenever you visit, bring layered clothing options so you can dress appropriately because temperatures can fluctuate and Yukon weather can be unpredictable.
How to dress for Yukon winter:
- Dress in layers. Use many thin, warm layers rather than a few thick layers. It will insulate better and allow you to strip off layers if the temperature climbs.
- Dress for the appropriate activity level. Dressing for an active day of snowshoeing will be different than dressing for a sedentary day of ice fishing. You should be warm but not hot and dry at all times. Being sweaty will cause chill to set in more quickly than if you're dry.
- Wear a base layer. A "base layer" is long johns, long underwear, or whatever can provide a warm, light base to your winter gear. Merino wool products are recognised as one of the best base layers available. Avoid cotton. Among outdoorsmen it is known as "the death fabric" because it does not insulate well, and when wet, causes a rapid loss of body heat. Choose wool, performance fabrics, and silk instead.
- Wear more than one layer on your legs. Oddly, some people will wear five layers on their torso, and only one layer on the legs. At minimum, have a base layer like long underwear and an outer layer, like snowmobiling pants.
- Wear winter socks. Warm winter socks are important in keeping warm dry feet. Wool is best, although good synthetic "fleece" socks are often quite good. You can layer socks, but be careful that your feet are comfortable and the circulation is not shut down.
- Wear a pair of insulated boots. Ideally, the lining should be wool or synthetic and not cotton.
- Use a good quality coat, parka, or jacket. Generally speaking, the thicker the better, whether it is a synthetic or a down jacket.
- Wear a hat. Remember heat rises, and you don't want to lose it. you need a hat that is truly warm, not a fashion statement. It should fold down to cover cheeks, ears and the back of your neck.
- A comfortable face protector that fits well with your hat will help minimize skin exposure.
- Wear gloves or mittens. Fingers and hands are very vulnerable to the cold, so keep them covered.
- You will also need a good pair of sun glasses. Tinted goggles are good too but can fog up quite easily in the cold temperature.
- Hand warmers can be useful. Never use these as a substitute for dressing warmly, however.
- A good LED headlamp. You will want one that has different settings for distance and close-up, high and low beam, for more versatility and greater energy efficiency. Northern lights photographer may consider a model with a red LED incorporated for night vision conservation.
Yes, you will have a free access to internet. Takhini River Lodge has a free high speed Wi-Fi network. You can use it for email checking and web browsing.To keep it free we ask our guests to not downloading or streaming movies (Netflix, Itune, Youtube...) If you do, we will appreciate a free participation to cover for the internet extra cost.
Yes, Takhini River Lodge is an astonishing place for Northern lights viewing, no need to leave the warmth and the coziness of the inside.
Takhini River Lodge is located 40 km (25 miles) North-West of Whitehorse. Being located North of Whitehorse is a great advantage because you will not have the city lights in your way when looking North to watch the Northern Lights.
Takhini River Lodge stands in the middle of a 40 hectares (103 acres) agricultural land, only a few other farmers live in this area. Takhini River Lodge is preserved from light pollution.
The closest highway is 20 km away from Takhini River Lodge hence you will have the unique privilege of watching the Northern lights in an impressive silence.
The windows in the two main public areas rise two storeys giving you stunning views of North and South fields.
For other information regarding the Northern lights please consult the following specialized websites:
Ideal viewing time is approximately from 7 days prior to New Moon and until 7 days after New Moon. While some people may be concerned that a full moon is a problem, only weak aurora may be affected by the light of the moon. The moon does not influence the aurora activity, the sky is just darker.
Northern lights can be photographed during all stages of the moon’s presence. Below are some pros and cons to both:
- Moonlights brightens the sky, and thereby minimizes the intensity of the Northern lights.
- Moonlights illuminates the foreground landscape, offering interesting compositional elements in your frame.
- Moonlight make the sky as a deep blue, moonless will make it pitch black.
- A snowy landscape that reflect the Aurora can provide just enough light in completely dark night to light a little bit the foreground.
- Moonless nights offer the possibility of extended exposures enhancing start trails and Milky way. Weak or slow moving Northern lights offer as well the opportunities for long exposures.
New Moon Dates:
2013 - January 11, February 10, March 11, April 10, September 05, October 05, November 03, December 03, December 31
2014 - January 30, March 01, March 30, April 29, September 23, October 23, November 22, December 22