What happens when a young couple takes a spur-of-the-moment winter drive to Yellowknife? Oh, nothing much. Just a serendipitous encounter with roadside bison, the forging of new friendships and an unexpected adventure.

It's true, you never really know who you might meet while out and about in the Northwest Territories. You could bump into a dockside bush pilot who offers you an empty seat on a flight into a secluded lake or the Barrenlands? Or you may start a coffee shop conversation with a carver who invites you back to their studio to watch them grind and sculpt a fabulous work of art out of soapstone?

In this case, a young couple has a change meeting with a Yellowknife aurora guru, which results in an impromptu dog-sled ride with one of the North's leading mushers, followed by a personal tour outside of town for a night of wall-to-wall Northern Lights.

Keep an open mind, bring your sense of adventure and the Northwest Territories will surprise you.