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You Can Experience The Northern Lights At This Virtual Reality Installation In Calgary This Month

Plus, enter for your chance to win a trip to see them IRL!

The Northern Lights are one of those natural wonders that Canada is best known for — but how many of us have ever actually seen them in the flesh?

If the Northern Lights are something that you’ve always dreamed of witnessing for yourself but you just haven’t managed to get around to making the trip up North, you’re going to love this new VR installation setting up camp in downtown Calgary this month!

This March, Northwest Territories Tourism is bringing the magic of the aurora borealis to downtown Calgary, where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in an awesome northern lights experience that’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Experience the Northwest Territories in (free!) 360° action with a specially-designed VR car that’ll take you on an unforgettable northern adventure. You'll go from running with a herd of wild, majestic caribou to viewing the mystical natural phenomenon of the northern lights (the N.W.T. has the best auroras in the world, after all!). This limited-time installation will take place at both the Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown and the Chinook Centre until Sunday, March 15.


This is a once in a lifetime chance to get a glimpse of what Canada’s northern regions offer in terms of the great outdoors. While we are all a part of the same great country, the Northwest Territories possess qualities that are unique to their area that we should all be lucky enough to experience for ourselves. Don't let the regular appearance of the car fool you — it will leave you hungry for adventure and eager to explore the boundless opportunities that await in the N.W.T.! 

And what better way to follow up your virtual reality experience than by taking in the real thing in all of its glory? At the Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show at the Stampede Park BMO Centre on March 21-22, Northwest Territories Tourism will be hosting an exclusive onsite contest where you’ll have the chance to enter to win one of four all-inclusive trips for two to the Northwest Territories.

A visit to the N.W.T. is like no other, guaranteed to change you and the way you appreciate and interact with the natural world. Besides, once you take the VR car for a spin and see the sights that you’ve been missing out on up North — trust us, you’ll want to book a flight there immediately.

This limited-time VR installation will take place at both the Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown and the Chinook Centre until Sunday, March 15. The event runs again on March 21 and 22 at the Outdoor Adventure & Travel show, so be sure to mark the dates in your calendar. You don’t want to miss this!

Northwest Territories Northern Lights Virtual Reality Experience

Price: Free!

When: March 13–15 & March 21–22


  • VR car (March 13-15): Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown, 711 4 St S.E. Suite A, Calgary, AB T2G 1N3 & Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Trail, Calgary, AB T2H 0K8 
  • Consumer show (March 21–22): Stampede Park BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 2W1 

Why You Need To Go: Experience the greatness of the Northwest Territories and see the northern lights without ever leaving Calgary (unless you win a trip, of course!).

Want to learn more about exploring the Northwest Territories and discovering how #NWTWillChangeYou? Visit Northwest Territories Tourism’s website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for more info.

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