Away from the bright lights of the city and the dazzle of light pollution, step into the magic of a velvet night in a National Park. See the wonder of the night sky twinkling with stars and learn from astronomers and lunar experts as you uncover the mysteries of the solar system with like-minded stargazers. Celebrate with Dark Sky fun and festivities, live music and even Dark Sky Yoga! Be inspired by these stellar nights out and make plans to see stars.

Dark sky fun and festivities this fall

  • Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick (September 22-24)
    Visitors observing the stars atop the Bog trail tower
    See the stars from a new level!

    Celebrate Fall Star Fest with us from September 22-24, 2017!

    As night falls on the Acadian coast, the stars shine brightly in the protected skies above Moncton and Miramichi on the Northumberland Strait.

    • Join volunteers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and learn to interpret the secrets of the stars.
    • Join astro-experts and get a chance to look through powerful telescopes and spot the planet Saturn, as well as star clusters, galaxies, nebula and more!
    • Got questions about your home telescope? Pick up expert tips and hints from our astronomers at the Telescope Clinic!

    It’s not just about the stars at this celebration of the sky, you can dip into the world of Solar Observing each morning and discover a little more about the sky and sun during daylight.

  • Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Nova Scotia (September 22-24)
     A starry sky over Kejimkujik Lake
    See the sky like you've never seen it before!

    Experience Nova Scotia’s darkest skies and brightest stars at the Fall for the Stars weekend at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Learn from on-site astronomers, celebrate the new season with the fall equinox, take a night hike and experience the world around you in a whole new way.

    • Step into the Sky Circle and take an interpretive journey across the heavens through the on-site telescope, binoculars, or with your naked eye, to see planets, galaxies and constellations.
    • Head out on a hike with Parks Canada interpreters and see the difference in how artificial light affects humans and wild life, then marvel at the difference in the velvet softness of a natural dark sky.
    • Rent a Dark Sky Kit with Celestron 8x42mm binoculars, star finder map, fun games for the kids, and a red light just like professional astronomers use so you can read without needing to re-acclimatize your eyes to the dark.

  • Jasper National Park, Alberta (October 13-22)
    The Milky way over the shore of Lake Annette
    See the Milky Way!

    Join celebrity UK physicist Brian Cox, fellow stargazers, and friendly Parks Canada staff for ten thrilling days and nights of solar and lunar excitement in Jasper National Park for the annual Dark Sky Festival.

    • See the Rocky Mountains as you’ve never experienced them before with astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium onboard an exclusive stargazing experience a kilometre above the ground to the Skytram Upper Station where you'll have the chance to look through the most powerful telescopes in the Canadian Rockies.
      Reserve your Skytram flight.
    • Breathe deep and feel at one with the stars as you join Marla Pollock and other yogis for a relaxing evening exploring the depths of the dark sky through the gentle supported poses of yin yoga.
      Learn more about storytime yin yoga.
    • Get your geek on with celebrity UK physicist Brian Cox and astronomer Phil Plait in conversation with a Q&A session, discussing mind-blowing space discoveries, and pondering unanswered cosmic questions.
      Buy tickets for this keynote event.
    • Combine the soul-stirring magic of symphony music from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Strings with the awe-inspiring wonder of the night sky in the Rocky Mountains with an evening of the Symphony Under the Stars playing outdoors.
      Buy tickets for Symphony Under the Stars.

  • Point Pelee National Park, Ontario (October 21, November 18, December 9)
    An astronomer prepares a group of young adults for an evening of stargazing
    Discover tips & tricks from real astronomers!

    Perched at the southernmost point of the Canadian mainland, experience Point Pelee, Canada’s smallest—and most ecologically diverse—National Park in a whole new way when the skies are at their darkest due to their proximity to the new moon.

    Designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Windsor chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, join fellow star gazers for a late night of celestial magic in one of Ontario’s natural wonders.

    Dates: October 21, November 18, December 9, 2017