There’s nothing quite like standing on the southern shores of Great Slave Lake, just outside of Hay River, and watching the aurora borealis dance. The entire town is situated right in the prime viewing belt for the Northern Lights, but aurora chasers will tell you that the beach is the premiere spot to watch the show. The rule of thumb, according to one veteran photographer, is “anywhere with open sky.”
The most spectacular displays of the phenomenon happen during the fall season, from late August through to September, but the Aurora has been known to flare up at all times of year. One way to check out the likelihood of the Northern Lights is to visit Astronomy North’s aurora forecast site.
If you’re looking for a guided tour experience, several tour operators in and around the Hay River area offer a variety of ways to take in the Lights. Visit Spectacular NWT for more information.
At the Ptarmigan Inn, The Only Thing Missing is You!
For award-winning, outstanding customer service, stay at Hay River’s premium, full-service hotel: the Ptarmigan Inn. Located in the heart of Hay River’s downtown, the Ptarmigan Inn features modern, well-appointed rooms, and a full set of amenities to fit every traveler's needs.
Dining options include Keys Dining Lounge, the town’s foremost casual fine dining lounge and home to our famous Sunday Brunch, and the contemporary Doghouse Pub, a lively uptown bar atmosphere with great weekly specials.
For business events, the Ptarmigan Inn offers meeting and banquet facilities that can handle everything from small breakfast meetings to gala dinner banquets.
As well, you’ll find a fully equipped fitness centre, 24-hour desk service and full laundry services.
Visit us online now to inquire about rates and availability, our rewards program, and special summer packages.
10 J Gagnier Street, Hay River, NT X0E 1G1, Canada
Phone: 867.874.6781 | Toll Free: 1.800.661.0842