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Kouchibouguac National Park

Illuminated wigwam under the night sky
Wigwam at Callanders Beach under the night sky
© Doug Currie

Dark Sky Preserve

Dark Sky Preserves are designated by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and are established to reduce artificial light glare, increase the visibility of the night sky, and reduce energy consumption to benefit all life on Earth. Dark Sky Preserves promote the protection of nocturnal habitat for present and future generations and they encourage public enjoyment and awareness of the cultural heritage of the night sky.

"New Brunswick's dark sky ocean paradise and one of the most magical astronomy parks in North America" - Skynews
The milkyway seen above trees Parks Canada Agency protects more dark skies than any other agency or jurisdiction in the world.
© Parks Canada

By declaring Kouchibouguac National Park a Dark Sky Preserve, Parks Canada is committed to protect and preserve the night sky by applying strict lighting guidelines to reduce light pollution. The guidelines are tailored to protect ecosystems, reduce energy consumption and maintain dark skies.

Specific activities include:

  • Reducing energy consumption by adjusting, retrofitting or eliminating light fixtures;
  • Improving nocturnal ecology by returning the dark night to birds, bats, insects and amphibians;
  • Promoting and delivering new programs on astronomy and other dark sky themes.

Parks Canada worked closely with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to have Kouchibouguac National Park declared a Dark Sky Preserve. Founded in 1868, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is Canada's leading astronomy organization bringing together over 4,000 enthusiastic amateurs, educators and professionals.

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