Join fellow night sky enthusiasts at Astotin Lake after dark! Elk Island National Park is a member of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve and is a perfect place to experience the stars and planets above. Because the earth is constantly rotating, the night sky changes throughout the year.

Planets and Perseids

Date: Tuesday, August 13
Time: 10:00 pm to midnight
Location: Astotin Lake Recreation Area

The Perseids Meteor Shower is an annual meteor event that takes place over a span of several days. The Perseids are predicted to be at their peak on August 13th, with up to 90 meteors per hour!

Date: Sunday, September 1
Time: 10:00 pm to midnight
Location: Astotin Lake Recreation Area

September 1 is Milky Way Day, an annual event hosted by the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve. Join us in the afternoon for star and space-related experiences, intriguing guest speakers in the evening, followed by dark sky viewing with Elk Island staff and members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada!

Interested in visiting the park before dark? Check out our interpretive programs throughout the day, including our Dark Sky Stories campfire from 7 pm to 8 pm each Planets and Perseids night!

Gateway to the Stars

Dates: Saturdays in September 14, 21, 28 || October 5, 12, 19
Time: 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person plus valid park pass
Register: 780-922-5790 beginning September 3
*Registration is strongly recommended; max of 25 participants

Experience the wonder of Elk Island’s night sky. In the heart of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, escape the city to gaze upon the countless stars in our galaxy and learn to navigate from one constellation to the next. Campfire, hot chocolate, s'mores and a friendly park interpreter are included.

What to bring:

  • Headlamp or flashlight with a red light or red filter
  • A lawn chair
  • Appropriate clothing; be prepared for one hour outside in cool evening conditions.