Chasing Northern Lights in Northern Alberta at a fly-in fishing camp was a fantastic experience that provided me with an aurora fix during solar minimum. My trip out to Andrew Lake Lodge and Camps coincided with my birthday as well, keeping up a tradition of going somewhere new by myself every year as a way to celebrate. My week’s goal was to get some photos for the company and do some scouting for a 2021 Aurora Workshop.
With the fall colours coming in, the area was stunning – especially when seen from above during my floatplane rides. Larches were already turning yellow, and the aspens and various other foliage were showing off a range of yellows, oranges, and reds.
The cabins and lodge were rustic but very cozy. As a backcountry camper, I considered it a relatively luxurious stay in the middle of nowhere (there were hot showers available!).
During my stay, I toured various fishing spots, beaches, and original trappers cabins’ locations. My host, bush pilot, and owner of the camp, Dan Wettlaufer, was able to tell me all about the history of the area and the Andrew family. Assisting Dan at the lodge was Jim, who was also very knowledgeable and full of stories.
Andrew Lake sits almost precisely on the 60th Parallel North, meaning you are almost guaranteed to see Northern Lights anytime there is a clear night. The only thing is that you don’t know exactly what time the show might start.
Many people expect the Northern Lights to just be “on” on certain dates, or that they will appear at a specific time. Every night that there were clear skies (and even one night where there was just a little break in the clouds), I was able to see the aurora. However, almost all the spectacular aurora shows started after midnight, and after everyone else at the camp was asleep.
The predicted strength of each night I caught increased for every show.
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