When the weather is a balmy -20°C outside and you’re riding through the woods outside Yellowknife, Canada with your head hanging out the window and not feeling the cold at all there must be a good reason for it. In my case that reason was the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. If you have never seen the aurora borealis then you are missing out on an amazing event of nature. Watching as the sky is painted in watercolor-esque shades that shift before your eyes is simply amazing. One of the most popular places to see the aurora is Yellowknife, NW Territories, Canada and the surrounding countryside. It isn't particularly easy to get to - figure a 2ish hour flight on a CR2 from YEG or YYC - but award seats are surprisingly easy to find and AFAIK every *A program considers it part of a typical North America award so it is just 25K points to get there, which is a great deal considering the fares are ridiculously expensive otherwise. You will need a rental car while you are in Yellowknife. There really is only one decent hotel in town (The Explorer) and it isn't cheap (~$180/night). Oh, and the food and beer are surprisingly expensive since most everything comes in by air or on a very long truck/ferry/truck route. And there isn't a whole lot to do in town. But there is just enough going on during the day - and there is the Aurora at night - to make it completely worth the trip! If you happen to be in Yellowknife for an Aurora viewing and you’ve got a rental car at your disposal (which you do because you read what I wrote above!) skip the Aurora Village and just head to Vee Lake on your own. It is essentially the same view and a heck of a lot cheaper. Sure, no heated pods to sit in but they weren’t all that warm to begin with. And you can pack a thermos of coffee or hot cocoa for a lot less than $125/person. Plus, you can leave when you’re ready. Definitely an easy trip to do on your own. Maybe drive out to the lake once in daylight to familiarize yourself with the route, but it is pretty easy. And completely worth it.