Seeing the Northern Lights in Burns Lake, British Columbia


Every once in a while, something special happens and it usually takes wide eyes and an open mind to see. While we were loafing around at this motel in Burns Lake, the sky was straight up partying like it was Halloween at Bishop’s University. The sky was dancing with colors combos you couldn’t make up if you wanted to. We stood there and Brendan took many photos, we were outside a small town at this motel in northern British Columbia watching the Northern Lights in all its splendor!

We witnessed a light show that I’ll never forget aka the Northern Lights aka Aurora Borealis, check that link for details. The photos say it all, I’m not acting tough just didn’t feel like giving the emblem on my sweater any advertising!  This trip is coming to an end, I’ll never forget this month made of so many magnificent memories.

I’m here with the Explore BC Project, to learn more visit the Tourism BC Facebook Page and look up #ExploreBC on Twitter.

Photo credit: Brendan van Son.

Tips hat,


  1. Boudewijn

    July 20, 2012 at 8:56 am


    Talking about timing. Amazing!

    • Rob

      July 20, 2012 at 9:38 am

      hahahaha, right you are.

      Timing is everything and we’ve made up for bears with the Northern Lights!

  2. GlobeFacts

    July 20, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Are they observable every night?

    • Rob

      July 20, 2012 at 9:47 am

      They just happen when they happened, we go LUCKY! :]

  3. Franca

    July 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

    That is just amazing!
    It one of the thing I really want to see (and I’m sure I’m not the only one).
    Lucky you! 🙂

    • Rob

      July 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Definitely and this wasn’t even the peak of the performance. We did get lucky but they are often enough I believe.

      Good luck!

  4. Larissa

    July 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    So amazing, not sure anything can top this. Definitely MY favorite part of your BC trip!

    • Rob

      July 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      It’s one of those things you consider yourself fortunate enough to see and really lucky to have a few photos. Not sure if I’ll see them again but super glad we stayed up late and did.

  5. Jill

    July 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Unbelievable! I would love to see that in person someday!

    • Rob

      July 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      It’s a cool sight and remember, you’ll never know unless you go!

  6. crazy sexy fun traveler

    July 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I love it! Hope to see it one day too 🙂

    • Rob

      July 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Do it! ;]

  7. charlie

    July 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Everything about BC looks wonderful so far man. Reminds me of this poignant speech from a 12 year old Canadian:

    • Rob

      July 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      What a speech, thank you for sharing.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the updates, I’ve tried my best to convey as much of the experience as possible. I can’t believe it’s done in 2 days, fastest month of my life.

      • Lillian Pierson

        July 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm

        ya, ya, ya – so that is RAD! – I never got to see the northern lights yet!! I feel I havent lived… I am so deprived compared to you over there 🙂

        • Rob

          July 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

          I can think of a few ways to remedy that, one of them starts with a trip up north!

  8. SJH

    July 21, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Brilliant – and a pretty fine way to (almost) wrap up your BC adventures! Will be north of Fairbanks, AK in early September. Work conference, but it’s at a lodge that has a special viewing structure for watching the Northern Lights. Really looking forward to that. Thanks for sharing the beauty of British Columbia with all of us!

    • Rob

      July 21, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Hopefully you’ll get a glimpse, they are larger than life and the photos are cool but nothing compared to the actual experience. Enjoy the conference and as always, safe travels!

  9. Martha

    July 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    The sky was dancing with colors combos you couldn’t make up if you wanted to –> i wanted so much to see it by my own eyes for this. Lucky you, Rob!!!

    • Rob

      July 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Thanks and it was beautiful, maybe one day you will!

  10. Carrie

    July 23, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Beautiful Rob!

  11. Nghia Nguyen

    September 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Hello Rob, Sky is nice ! and timing , quite … think about sth ..

    • Rob

      September 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      It was beautiful and we definitely got very lucky, will always remember them!

  12. Sam

    November 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I’ve only managed to see a very weak Aurora Borealis display so far. One day I hope to see a brilliant one. Next attempt will probably be for the southern lights though.

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