There is a way to stay warm while in the Canadian north.
While most people who travel to the Yukon in Canada wouldn’t dream of stripping off their heavy coats and winter gear while exploring the famously frozen province, there is one place where it’s perfectly natural to do so.
The Takhini Hot Pools in Whitehorse are one of the most popular destinations in Yukon — partly because they’re a great place to warm up from the frozen tundra, and also because they’re a luxurious area to view the Northern Lights.
The pools have been in operation for over 100 years, giving warmth to travelers with its naturally hot and mineral-rich waters that enter the hot springs between 36 and 42 degrees Celsius (96.8 and 107.6 Farenheit).
If a relaxing soak isn’t enough to entice you, the pools' Northern Lights view is unhindered thanks to the area's lack of light pollution. Guests can view the spectacular phenomenon from the comfort of the hot spring, which is available to rent from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily in winter. Rentals for the pools begin at $200 CAD (about $161 USD) for a group between one and four people.
For guests who want to take a hot dip in one of the coldest places on earth, there’s a campground and hostel nearby that’s only a 30 second walk away from the springs (literally).
More information on this amazing winter getaway can be found on the Takhini Hot Pools website.