Any Insider Tips?
One of the coolest thing I’ve learned is how scientists can predict solar storms to some pretty close accuracy quite a ways out. So if you have some flexibility and can swing a last minute trip, you might want to check aurora forecasts and if a few weeks out it looks good jump on it. You’re looking for a few days at a kp3 or higher (it’s actually way more complicated than this, but I’ll save nerding out on that for a later article). Astronomy North has a great daily forecasts specific to Yellowknife and Space Weather Live has overall long term forecasts.
When planning your trip, definitely put a day to the side to head out searching for Wood Bison. You can grab a tour or if you have a rental car you basically want to take Highway 3 heading towards Behchokǫ̀ & Edzo. Once you cross the Frank Channel Bridge by Edzo you’ll start seeing signs to slow down and watch out for Wood Bison. It’s a little over an hour drive from Yellowknife. Then from here just keep your eyes peeled for these awesome behemoths of creatures just hanging by the sides of the road. The further south you go towards Fort Providence the better chances you will have of seeing more of them. Just keep in mind there are no gas stations out here, so fill up before leaving Yellowknife and make sure you have enough to return, or to get to the next fuel station in Fort Providence.
While, these beautiful creatures might look quite chill, they can be quite dangerous. So please do not be an idiot and try to get close to them. It’s recommended to always keep at least 25m (80ft) away at all times. Even though they are gigantic, they are still prey animals and will not hesitate to ram you with those sharp horns if they feel even slightly threatened. You’ll also want to keep in mind that Wood Bison can run at 40kmh (25mph), jump high fences, swim, and quickly spin 180 degrees. Living up to my new nickname for them, fluffy tanks.