Spectacular Northern Lights Show Dazzles Bow Valley Residents

Northern Lights over Canmore Alberta
Northern Lights over Canmore Alberta Taken By Fabby Klatt

People in Canmore and Banff bore witness to a spectacular geomagnetic storm dazzling skywatchers across the Bow Valley.

Last night, the Bow Valley was treated to a spectacular display of the northern lights, dazzling residents and tourists alike. The weather was clear which created nearly perfect conditions for viewing the Aurora Borealis.

Northern Lights shining over Canmore Alberta
Intense Aurora Borealis shining brightly over Canmore Alberta – Photo taken by Fabby Klatt

Many locals and visitors flocked to Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park to witness the stunning spectacle, with some capturing breathtaking photos and videos of the event. The lights were so bright that they could be seen even from downtown Banff and Canmore, sparking excitement and causing a deluge of amazing pictures posted on the Bow Valley Network Facebook Group.

The aurora borealis is a natural phenomenon caused by solar particles interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field. It illuminated the night sky and snow capped mountains with vibrant hues of green, pink, and purple.

Pheonix Light
Can you see the Pheonix? – Photo taken by Fabby Klatt

Many people reported seeing the Pheonix or an Angel hovering above them dancing in the patterns of the fast moving corona overhead.

Angel Light
Can you see the Angel? – Photo taken by Fabby Klatt

Last night’s mesmerizing display was particularly special, as it was the most intense northern lights sighting in the Bow Valley during the past 6 years. The geomagnetic storm is expected to continue into the weekend but the weather forecast in the Bow Valley calls for cloudy conditions and snow.

Visit the Bow Valley Network Facebook group to see the amazing pictures the locals from Banff and Canmore posted of the Aurora. If you were lucky enough to have your camera on you and got some pictures of last night’s spectacle, don’t hesitate to post them as we love seeing them!