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Canada: Freaky hues of northern lights from this Alberta outpost

February 02, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • The northern lights can be seen in many parts of Canada, including the Northwest Territories (shown here) and Alberta.
The northern lights can be seen in many parts of Canada, including the Northwest… (Birgit-Cathrin Duval )

The northern lights bring fabulous streaks of greens, blues, yellows and pinks across the night sky in northern climes including Alaska, Canada, parts of the northern U.S. and Europe.

Canadian outfitter Brewster Vacations offers a "quick escape" tour with two nights spent viewing the surreal color fest at Fort McMurray, an 1870 Hudson Bay Co. trading post in Alberta, Canada. Guests check out the town by day and then stay up late for guided viewing of the aurora borealis.

Be prepared for cold and snow on this trip (warm clothes come with the package). There's no guarantee bad weather won't interfere with viewing, but Fort McMurray is known as a consistently good spot to see the light show.

Dates: The Aurora Borealis Quick Escape departs Feb. 17 and 24 and March 16 and 23.

Price: $630 a person, based on double occupancy; $800 for solo travelers (prices vary by exchange rate and don't include tax). It includes two nights in a hotel, tour guides, transfers from Fort McMurray Airport, use of winter clothing, a three-course welcome dinner and more. International airfare is extra.

Contact: Brewster Vacations, (877) 791-5500

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