Free Parks Canada activities
Park interpreters love sharing their passion for park stories and want to help you and your family make memories and inspire your connections with nature and history. Through our variety of programming we entertain, educate, and help you discover all that Jasper National Park has to offer.
Encompassing over 11,000 km2, Jasper National Park is the second largest dark sky preserve in the world! During the month of October we show our appreciation and celebrate the night sky with dark sky month.
On top of this year’s key note speakers, twin Astronaut’s Mark and Scott Kelly, visitors can experience a series of dark sky related events as well as the following free Parks Canada led programs:
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
When: October 13 & 14 at 9 pm
Location: Lake Annette (Parking lot #13)
Embrace the dark side and experience the star rich skies of Jasper National Park on a 2.4 km easy guided hike. Bring a flashlight.
When: October 17 & 18 at 7 pm to 9 pm
Location: Heritage Firehall, 414 Patricia St.
Sidewalk astronomy in the town of Jasper! A Park Interpreter will have an assortment of telescopes and binoculars set up for moon viewing. Drop by for five minutes or stay for an hour.
By the Light of the Moon
When: October 19 & 20 at 8:15 pm and 9:30 pm
Location: Beyond the Stars event at Lake Annette
Immerse yourself and experience the moonlit skies of Jasper National Park on this 2.4km guided hike. Learn about some of the nocturnal adaptations that help the animals of the park (including us) see in the dark. Bring a flashlight.
Why Dark Skies MatterWhen: October 20, 10 am to 2 pm
Location: Big Bang Expo, 401 Bonhomme Street
Jasper National Park is one of the world’s largest designated dark sky preserves. How does this status benefit visitors, wildlife and residents? Join us to find out why we love our dark skies.
Xplorer booklets (for kids from 6 to 11) and club parka booklets (for kids under 6) help families discover the park and do activities together.
Pick up the free booklets at the information centre, campground kiosks, and at interpretive programs.
Once you have completed the required number of activities in the xplorer booklet, stop by the information centre, the heritage fire hall or at an interpretive program to be awarded a souvenir as a token of your success.