POWER DOWN. LOOK UP.
Jasper's Dark Sky invites stargazing adventurers to get lost in 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 sky with the annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival, an ever-growing celebration aimed at connecting all ages to our universe and beyond.
WHAT IS A DARK SKY PRESERVE?
According to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, a Dark Sky Preserve as an area in which no artificial lighting is visible, and active measures are in place to educate and promote the reduction of light pollution to the public and nearby municipalities. Sky glow from beyond the borders of the preserve will be of comparable intensity, or less, to that of natural sky glow.
In 2011, Jasper was designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society in 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 the largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world with a settlement completely within its boundaries.
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.
WHAT MAKES JASPER DARK SKY PRESERVE DIFFERENT?
Jasper National Park is one of 17 designated Dark Sky Preserves in Canada. We are the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world, and we are the largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve - meaning there’s a town within the limits of the preserve.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST PLACES TO GO STARGAZING IN JASPER?
At 11,000 square kilometers, the opportunities for stargazing are endless. Want to narrow down your options? Here’s a list we compiled of Jasper’s top 10 stargazing spots to get you started!
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.