Dark sky preserve
Stars, planets and cultural traditions
Kejimkujik invites you to experience the astronomical depth of its Dark Sky Preserve. Visit the Sky Circle and gaze at brilliant celestial bodies through an on-site telescope, binoculars, or with the naked eye.
Dark Sky Weekends, full of programmed sessions, are offered twice a year. Be sure to see when these special events are held!
Outdoor Amphitheatre shows ponder extraterrestrial life and interstellar phenomena alongside incredible imagery, music and stories. And night hikes and campfire programs examine how artificial light affects humans and wildlife, as well as the value of these Dark Sky Preserves.
Go deeper - discover how stars have inspired centuries of story, song and legend. And occasional night-time canoe excursions offer a truly magical night-sky perspective.
Welcome to Nova Scotia’s darkest sky - and brightest stars.
Learn more about Keji's Dark Sky Preserve.
Kejimkujik Dark Sky Kits!
Interested in the starry sky above? Designated as Dark Sky Preserve in 2010, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site provides one of the best places in Nova Scotia to bask in the celestial wonder. Take advantage of meteor showers, the lunar eclipse or brush up on your constellations with our brand new self-discovery Dark Sky Kits.
Rental cost: $5/day
Seven kits available for rental
The dark sky kit includes:
- Binoculars (Celestron 8X42 mm)
- Star finder
- Red light
- Games for children
- Stargazing references
…all in one handy bag.
The dark sky kits are available throughout the season, giving visitors the opportunity to experience the dark skies outside regular Dark Sky programming. With binoculars, a star finder and games for the younger members of your family, you can spend your evenings at Keji exploring the stars, galaxies and constellations. Our eyes take quite a while to adjust to the darkness of the night sky, and, with any exposure to bright light, our acclimatization restarts. Our Dark Sky Kit includes a red light for just this purpose. Astronomers use a red light to read charts and maps at night – now you can too! The kit also includes binoculars designed specifically for stargazing. The opportunity for discovery is endless!
Delve into distant celestial bodies in Nova Scotia's only Dark Sky Preserve! Learn about planets, stars, constellations, black holes, distant galaxies and more.
Availability: See the schedule of guided activities.
Duration: 1 hour
Fee: Free with entry.
Reservations: No reservations needed.