Meet the Host of the 2017 Jasper Dark Sky Festival
Niki Wilson is thrilled to host the Jasper Dark Sky Festival for a fourth time. When not introducing you to the talented guests on the main stage she works as a science writer, covering nature and the environment for publications like BBCEarth, Motherboard, Canadian Wildlife Magazine, Natural History Magazine and Canadian Geographic. She’s always looking for creative ways to communicate science, whether it be producing and hosting events, working on documentaries, or teaching.
If you see her around, please say hello! She’d love to hear your Dark Sky Festival stories.
Jasper's Dark Sky invites astronomers at every level to gaze upon the wonder of one of the world's largest dark sky preserves. As daylight hours begin to recede, October is the ideal time to celebrate the skies with the annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival presented by Rocky Mountaineer, an ever-growing festival aimed at connecting all ages to our universe and beyond.
What is a Dark Sky Preserve?
In 2011, Jasper was designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, due to its limited light pollution that creates ideal conditions for dark sky viewing. The Jasper Dark Sky Festival began with the goal of celebrating and preserving this status. At 11,000 square kilometres, Jasper National Park is considered to be the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Preserves.
As a Dark Sky Preserve, Jasper National Park has made a special commitment to protect and preserve the night sky and to reduce or eliminate light pollution in all its forms.
Frequently Asked Questions
We're here to help! We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions below and provided answers so you can enjoy the full festival experience.
Are the events free or are their tickets?
Many of the events are completely free, however, there are a few main events that are ticketed and have a cost associated. Check the events page for a full listing of events during the festival.
What are the dates of the festival?
The Jasper Dark Sky Festival presented by Rocky Mountaineer runs from October 13-22, 2017. Check our events page for a full listing of events that are taking place. October is also Dark Sky month in Jasper National Park and there are many great events happening throughout the month.
Where is the festival?
The festival is held in the town-site of Jasper, Canada. Events are held at various locations throughout Jasper National Park.
Main Events - Brian Cox/Phil Plait and SPACEtalks
What is the Star Package?
Package Brian Cox/Phil Plait and SPACEtalks and save on both main events! The Star Package gives you access to both main events on Friday and Saturday nights for one low price!
What time do doors open for the Brian Cox/Phil Plait and SPACEtalks?
Doors to the CN tent will open an hour before all shows:
- 6:30 pm for Brian Cox & Phil Plait . The even will run for approximately 90 minutes.
- 6:00 pm for SPACEtalks. The event will run for approximately 120 minutes.
This year, the main events (Brian Cox/Phil Plait and SPACEtalks) will be occurring at the base of the Jasper SkyTram.
Your purchase of a 2017 Jasper Dark Sky Festival Ticket includes a free shuttle to and from the SkyTram. Please note that there will be no parking permitted at the event. The time and location of the shuttle service to be confirmed.
Is the event outdoors?
Yes (and no). We are encouraging guests to dress comfortably as the presentation and keynote will be held in a large, enclosed performance tent. The tent will be equipped with heaters however, it is October!
Is seating provided?
Absolutely! Seats will provided for all guests. All seating is general admission.
Is there special pricing for families, children or groups?
Children 2 and under do not require a ticket for the event. Families with children under the age of 2 are asked to keep their child on their lap. There is no special pricing for groups.
Will there be food or drinks available?
There will not be food or drink service during the presentation. Guests should visit one of our local Jasper restaurants before or after the event.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, however, you can also download your ticket on the Ticketbud app!
All tickets are non-refundable.
Still have a question? Contact us and we can answer any questions you have.
Welcome to your base of adventure. From here, depart the curious and free spirited. The restless of mind and body. The explorers and wanderers whose destination awaits one adventure beyond. Your destination? The largest National Park in the Canadian Rockies – an 11,000 square kilometre swath of untamed wilderness. A designated Dark Sky Preserve and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jasper National Park welcomes all those prepared to venture beyond.