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Northern Lights In Canada Are Stunning From Province To Territory

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Damn Canada, you look beautiful lit up.

If you've been lucky enough to catch Canada's gorgeous northern lights, which can range from purple to green to pink, you know how stunning they are in real life.

These "dancing lights" are caused by collisions between particles in the Earth's atmosphere and ones in the sun, the Northern Lights Centre notes.

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"Variations in colour are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. The most common auroral colour, a pale yellowish-green, is produced by oxygen molecules located about 60 miles above the earth," the centre adds.

And while they are more common in northern territories like Yukon and Nunavut, and northern parts of provinces like Quebec and Manitoba, as you will notice in the images below, they can be visible in many Canadian cities.

And if you just need something soothing and meditative, check out the video above with a full time lapse of the northern lights in Churchill, Man.

Here are 32 amazing images of the northern lights from coast to coast.

  • British Columbia
    TRACY KNAUER via Getty Images
    Aurora Borealis above the Cassiar Mountains.
  • British Columbia
    John E Marriott via Getty Images
    Camping under the northern lights in Muskwa Kechika Wilderness.
  • British Columbia
    Preserved Light Photography via Getty Images
    Okanagan Lake.
  • Yukon
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    Northern lights over a tent in the Yukon Territories.
  • Yukon
    Tom Walker via Getty Images
    Band or arc of Aurora Borealis in the winter sky in the Yukon Territories.
  • Yukon
    Pi-Lens via Getty Images
    Strong northern lights over downtown Whitehorse.
  • Northwest Territories
    Joseph Van Os via Getty Images
    Beautiful lights over a cabin in Northwest Territories.
  • Northwest Territories
    Robert Postma via Getty Images
    Fort Simpson in the Northwest Territories.
  • Northwest Territories
    Robert Postma via Getty Images
    Full moon in Yellowknife.
  • Nunavut
    Paul Souders via Getty Images
    Aurora Borealis glows in the night sky above the C-Dory expedition boat in the northern Hudson Bay.
  • Nunavut
    John E Marriott via Getty Images
    An array of northern lights in Arviat, Nunavut.
  • Nunavut
    John E Marriott via Getty Images
    Purple and green skies in Nunavut.
  • Alberta
    Nata-K via Getty Images
    Aurora Borealis caused by heavy geomagnetic storm in Vilna.
  • Alberta
    Alan Dyer/Visuals Unlimited, Inc. via Getty Images
    An Aurora Borealis resulting from a major solar flare in Alberta in 2001.
  • Alberta
    Miles Ertman via Getty Images
    Star trails and northern lights over Peyto Lake in Banff National Park.
  • Saskatchewan
    bobloblaw via Getty Images
    Aurora Borealis over a lake in Saskatchewan.
  • Saskatchewan
    Mark Duffy via Getty Images
    Green lights in Saskatchewan.
  • Saskatchewan
    Cameron Schaus via Getty Images
    Northern lights over a field in Saskatchewan.
  • Manitoba
    Barcroft via Getty Images
    The Aurora Borealis in Northern Manitoba.
  • Manitoba
    Barcroft via Getty Images
    The Aurora Borealis in Northern Manitoba.
  • Manitoba
    Yvette Cardozo via Getty Images
    Northern lights above an igloo outside Churchill.
  • Ontario
    Orchidpoet via Getty Images
    Spectacular and brilliant Aurora brightening up the sky and beach near Parry Sound.
  • Ontario
    Mike Grandmaison via Getty Images
    Northern lights in Sudbury.
  • Ontario
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    Aurora Borealis over treeline in Bowmanville
  • Quebec
    Dennis Flaherty via Getty Images
    The Aurora Borealis seen at Charlie Lake in the Nunavik region of Northern Quebec.
  • Quebec
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    Aurora Borealis over a lake in Schefferville
  • Prince Edward Island
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    Aurora Borealis in Prince Edward Island.
  • Prince Edward Island
    Lionel Stevenson via Getty Images
    Aurora Borealis in Prince Edward Island.
  • Nova Scotia
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    Faint northern lights glow over a still Nova Scotian lake.
  • Nova Scotia
    RyersonClark via Getty Images
    Northern lights near Mahone Bay.
  • Nova Scotia
    shaunl via Getty Images
    The northern lights shimmer in silence over a remote lake in Nova Scotia.
  • Newfoundland And Labrador
    Christopher Peter Sampson via Getty Images
    Northern lights at Torngat Mountains National Park.