Dark sky experiences
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.
Snowshoe and Stargaze
Dates: Saturdays || December 21, 28 || January 4, 11, 18, 25 || February 1, 8, 15,
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cost: $29.80 per person with a valid park pass
- Parks Canada guide
- Use of snowshoes
- Warm snacks and refreshments
Register: 780-922-5790 beginning November 15
* Registration is required; max of 20 participants
Come take part in two unique experiences at Elk Island National Park: snowshoeing and stargazing!
Begin your experience with a short guided hike on snowshoes around the shore of Astotin Lake. Roam atop the snow like a snowshoe hare while stars twinkle overhead. As you march along, the welcoming crackling of a campfire eclipses the soft sounds of nature surrounding you.
Grab some refreshments and gather around the fire. Gaze up and stare into the night sky full of stars. With a park interpreter as your guide, navigate the sky of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve; without the glow of city lights around you’ll see more than you knew existed.
After learning about the constellations above, strap your snowshoes back on for the short hike back to the Astotin Lake Recreation Area. As you walk along, listen for the crunch of snow underfoot, trees blowing in the breeze, or the call of an owl overhead.
What to bring:
- Headlamp or flashlight with a red light or red filter
- Snow/ski pants
- Appropriate winter clothing; be prepared for two hours outside in cool evening conditions.
Note: Programs may be rescheduled or cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. Please ensure that the contact information given upon registration is accurate. You will be notified of cancelled or rescheduled programs. Refunds will not be issued if programs run.