Whistler Northern Lights: 16 Aurora Photographs That Will Make You Wish You’d Stayed Awake

“To a mind that sits still, the whole universe surrenders” – Lao Tzu

We cannot think of a better quote to open a post about the northern lights. To many, the lights have alluded their gaze for years, and as humans we naturally blame everything but ourselves: “we’re too far south”, “it’s too bright”, “it’s too cloudy”. But what if – as the quote seems to suggest – seeing the aurora borealis is a two-way street and without a quiet, present mind the northern lights just simply will not show themselves. What a magical thought.

Although these photos span an entire summer of aurora in Whistler, a large part of the photos were taken in just one week during a rare category 4 geomagnetic storm.

“Geomagnetic storms are disturbances in Earth’s magnetic field that can result in many hours of vibrant auroras both at high latitudes (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and at lower latitudes (southern Canada and northern United States).” – Northernlight House Project

We hope you enjoy this section of photos showing the northern lights in Whistler, it’s a very extraordinary event when we get to see them this bright so far south.

1. Black Tusk, Whistler

2. Panorama Ridge, Whistler

3. Callaghan Lake, Whistler

4. Brandywine Meadows, Whistler

5. Callaghan Lake, Whistler

▲▽ Star gazing ▲▽ #campvibes #callaghanlake #whistlerunfiltered #wildernessculture #exploremore #travelstoke #letscamp #explorebc

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6. Whistler Blackcomb

Candyland #Whistler #aurora #abovetheclouds #lastnight #explorebc #explorecanada #exploretheuniverse

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7. Lost Lake, Whistler


8. Alta Lake, Whistler

9. Alta Lake, Whistler



10. Lakeside Park at Alta Lake, Whistler

Such surreal feeling sitting by a lake that is illuminated by the Northern Lights

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11. Sand Spit at Green Lake, Whistler

Aurora over Whistler #aurora #auroraborealis #northernlights #whistler #mountains #nightsky #stars #beautifulbc

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12. Callaghan Lake, Whistler

13. Rainbow Park, Whistler

14. Rainbow Mountain, Whistler

15. Lakeside Park, Whistler


16. Semaphore Lake, Pemberton (just north of Whistler)

A HUGE thank you to all the local Whistler photographers, adventurers and wanderers who shared their Instagram photos with us and helped us pull this post together. Some of these people hiked into the alpine, stayed awake until 4am, or took the day off work so they could get up early to capture the beauty in this post. And we’re so very grateful for them sharing it with us.

May they inspire you seek out the lights. Happy hunting!