Fish Lake, elevation 3,723 feet (1,135 meters) – in Canada’s Yukon Territory – is located approximately 6 miles (10 km) from Whitehorse, and is accessible via a well-maintained gravel road, year-round. The lake is surrounded by mountains that reflect light beautifully on moonlit nights. The landscape and vegetation on the road to Fish Lake transforms from boreal closer to Whitehorse to sub-alpine/alpine at Fish Lake. It is a perfect place to enjoy a night time winter hike, with exceptional stargazing possibilities. “It takes about 20 minutes to reach the lake’s landing from downtown Whitehorse and is a prime destination for winter stargazing. It is a favorite spot for Whitehorse residents and visitors to view and photograph the aurora borealis, away from city lights.”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.