My husband is in a power wheelchair full time. We would very much like to see the Northern Lights either in Alaska or Western Canada but I am having trouble finding tours that might accommodate our needs. Do you have any suggestions?
Seeing the Northern Lights is a tricky mix of weather conditions, timing and luck. I’ve seen them three times, and it was just blind luck that I saw them each time. For optimal viewing, you need to go between September and March on a night without much of a moon or cloud cover. So you might just want to plan a trip to the area and hope that you’ll also be able to see the Northern Lights.
In Western Canada I can recommend Jasper National Park as a good viewing location. The ambient light is low, and it’s a nice secluded location. You could do it as a day (night) trip from Banff if you like, and just use your own car. There are a lot of other accessible things to do in the area, including a ride out on the Athabasca Glacier (Brewster Tours has accessible snow ice explorers).
Alaska is a bit more difficult to drive to, especially at that time of the year, so you will have to fly up and then rent an accessible vehicle. I suggest contacting the folks at the Southeast Alaska Independent Living Center, as they have an accessible travel hotline (907-321-3154) and they can provide additional information about accessible van rentals, lodging options and sites.
I’m sure you’ll have a better time on your own “tour” as you can take your time, go back when you want, and not have to worry about showing up in bad weather. Good luck!