Standing out under a blanket of Northern Lights, the world feels a whole lot smaller. It’s perspective-shifting, worldview-shaping. For Northwest Territories bush pilot Ted Grant, that feeling comes about almost every winter night.

Having spent 40 of 44 years flying in Canada’s rugged Northwest Territories, where knowing how to survive in arctic conditions comes with the job description, Grant operates Nahanni Mountain Lodge, personally flying in his guests.

Big only begins to describe the landscape around the lodge: Thousand-foot cliffs plunge into many-miles-long fjords. This is northern wilderness on a grandiose scale. But the area’s most fascinating phenomenon is those Northern Lights, dancing and glowing across the sky. Stay tuned until the very end for a magical display of Aurora Borealis, a Northwest Territories specialty.