Air Canada is often a better way to travel to Canada because its fare is often offering free transit to some cities if you fly into Canada with them.
You will need to check the moon condition if you want to see the northern lights. No moon and the clear sky needs to be there on the sky when you see. You will also need to check the Aurora Forecast before you go.
10:30 on 23 Jan 2008
Taking Air Canada Jazz flight from Vancouver, we flew to Whitehorse. The small aircraft looks very cool with the Star Alliance logo.
Soon after the take off, we saw the mountains with snow.
Hopping on a colectivo, they took us to the hostel, Hide on Jeckell Guesthouse.
Climbing on the hill behind the hospital, we tried to see the northern lights. Unfortunatelly, the weather was too cloudy and snowing.
The snow didn't stop for fews hours, so we just had some photo of the city lights.
14:30 on 24 Jan 2008
Next day, we went to the supermarket at the north part of the city. The weather was clear but freezing.
It then became clowdy in the evening and the temparature dropped to -30C, so we had no chance to see the lights again.
18:00 on 25 Jan 2008
This day, the weather was storm all the day until midnight. We gave up going out to see the lights.
10:30 on 26 Jan 2008
Thanks to the storm on previous day, we could wake up early, so we went out for the sightseeing of the city.
It is very freezing day, but Yukon river is not frozen.
Because of the strong wind, the snow is blown like foggy.
The snow has been cleard all the time in the city, but it is still icy on the footbath.
This is the Railway Station where used to have White Pass & Yukon Route in the past.
This is the cafe near the station. The muffin in this cafe was great.
Everyone has to have the body check at this airport.
We then took the overnight service to Toronto from Vancouver.
06:30 on 27 Jan 2008
In the morning, there was a long queue at the cafe at Toronto Airport.
This is the new cabin interior aircraft of Air Canada Jazz, but they didn't turn on the entertainment system while in the air.
This is HI-Ottawa hostel where used to be a jail in the past.
Doors and Stairs are exactlly what it used to be. Feeling like the scene in the Prison Break.
Jail Cell is now been converted into the dormitory room. They also offer optional daily Jail tour in the evening.
This is the aviation museum, but it looks like hanger rather than museum.
This is view of the Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal at night.
10:30 on 28 Jan 2008
Next day, we joined the free walking tour run by the hostel. Amazingly, they didn't collect the tips at the end of the tour, Recommended!
Peace Tower at the Parliament Hill looks like the Big Ben in London.
The Rideau canal becomes the world longest skateway in winter. One of the UNESCO world heritage.
There are also some cafe on the skateway.
Beaver Tails at the Byward Market is the famous meeting point for local people.
National Gallery has a large spider artwork in front.
Alexandra bridge is connecting Ontario and Quebec.
View of Parliament Hill from the riverside.
The weather became terrible when we arrived at the airport.
Maple Leaf Lounge at the Toronto International Airport had a salad bar during lunchtime.