Saturday February 22nd: Your Terre Boreale guide, Max, greets you upon arrival at the airport. Together you drive to town and check in at your hotel.
We meet again at 7:30pm and drive together to the Yukon Astronomical Society (YAS) observatory, north of town. There, we meet Vikki Zsohar, President of the YAS, who will give us a presentation on astronomy – What are we planning on seeing tonight, what tools are we using, etc. The presentation lasts about one hour and takes place in the heated classroom of the observatory. By the time the presentation is over, the astronomical twilight is over (20h27) and it is time to look up and dive into the northern night sky. Astronomy binoculars and telescopes will be made available by Vikki and Max and together we look for the planets, stars and others deep sky objects. In the early hours of the night, it is our chance to observe Venus before it disappears to the west. Max also gives you a tour of the night sky using the constellations and stories they tell! With a bit of luck, the northern lights light up the sky to the north/northeast! Stargazing ends between 12am and 2am (depends on weather, sky quality, etc.) and you drive back to town together.
Sunday: You get to enjoy the morning at your own pace and meet with Max at 1pm for a tour to Miles Canyon, Carcross and Bove Island. This tour involves a short walk to Miles Canyon (30 minutes) followed by a relaxing drive to Carcross and the southern lakes. On our way back, we also stop at the Carcross Desert, known as the smallest desert in the world! We are back in town around 5:30pm and you enjoy a free evening in town.
Max picks you up again at 9:30pm and together you go out for another night of astronomy. In case the previous night was cloudy, we go back to the YAS observatory to get another chance at observing deep sky objects from the viewing deck. Otherwise, Max drives you to the best location to see the night sky and northern lights based on weather and sky conditions. As we wait for the possible northern lights to start dancing, we dive into the starry sky above with telescopes, binoculars and naked eyes! For those wanting to take some photos of the night sky and northern lights, Max will have his camera and will be happy to share tips with you! Stargazing ends around 2am.
Monday: Once again you enjoy your morning freely and you meet Max after lunch, at 1pm for one of two options: an afternoon at your leisure in town (possibility to get dropped off at the Beringia Interpretive Center) or an afternoon of hiking with Max. This excursion will take you to Fish Lake where you hike for 3 to 4 hours on simple terrain, up to a broad ridge where the views are stunning. We are back in town around 5pm.
We leave town at 7:30pm and we go to the Takhini Hot Pools for a dip around 8pm before walking up to the observatory around 10pm or, depending on what happened the previous nights, we move to a different location to get the best chances of seeing the northern light and enjoy a dark sky. Stargazing ends around 2am.
Tuesday: Transfer to the airport for the return flights.
Meals are not included in the itinerary to allow everyone to enjoy their Yukon trip on their time, budget and food choices. Suggestions for restaurants will be given by your guide.
Your guide Max has been leading groups into the wilderness with his wife Miléna for over 6 years, either on backpacking or canoe tours, throughout the Yukon. Even though the night sky has always been an interest to him, it is during the northern light guiding season that he has developed a keen eye for constellations and deep sky objects. Since October 2019, all the Terre Boréale northern light tour include some astronomy content in order to provide a richer experience to our guests.