For wonderful, natural travel, think Canada’s national parks and national park towns! Travelers have superb alternatives in Canada’s pure and beautiful national parks and national park towns, such as Jasper in Alberta, Canada. On October 25-27, 2013, the third annual Dark Sky Festival returns to its Jasper home to provide visitors with a spectacular night sky show and events.
Visit a Dark Sky Preserve
Officially recognized by The Royal Astronomical Society as a Dark Sky Preserve, Jasper National Park is proud to offer some of the World's very best starlight viewing. Jasper offers a true stargazer's playground. During Dark Sky Fest, amateur and pro astronomers of all ages come together to meet under Jasper's dark, dark skies and marvel at nature's star attractions - sometimes even lucky enough to witness a visit by the famed Northern Lights!
Enjoy Dark Sky Festival events
Firm favorites of the Fest will be back, and activities promise fun, learning, and wonderful star adventures for the entire family. Such exciting encounters include the following:
- A much-loved night sky tour around Pyramid Island
- Just for Kids: Space Cadet Fair
- Starlight Adventure at Pyramid Island
- A Starry Night at Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
- Dinner with the Stars at Pyramid Lake Resort
- Star Gazing for all the family at Jasper Park Riding Stables
- A series of astronomy talks at the historic Chaba Theatre
- Lessons on capturing the night sky on camera with acclaimed photographer Yuichi Takasaka and the TELUS World of Science Planetarium
Added for 2013 is a brand-new starwatching experience entitled “Beyond the Stars.” Join a group of pro astronomers on Lake Annette for a unique chance to look even deeper into the dark skies. The event offers the opportunity for top-of-the-range telescope encounters.
A PDF brochure of Jasper’s Dark Sky Fest is available online.
Enjoy the experts
Professional star-seekers and experienced astronomers are on hand throughout the Fest to give their expert 'how-to' advice on the prime viewing spots and exactly what to keep a watch out for. Picture an expansive outdoor cinema screen of bright lights and billions of stars and you're half way there.
For stellar fun and learning, the Dark Sky Festival's stellar experts also return. Look forward to some of the biggest names in the world of stargazing, including Daily Planet's Jay Ingram and the Festival's Resident Sky Guy, Peter McMahon.
Delight in the area’s night life
You may not expect to discover some of the World's most sought-after nightlife in an untamed mountain town with a population of only 5000, but Jasper nightlife is nothing less than unique. Simply light up your night with a pure and natural sky dome. Gaze up into the night skies and take in the spectacular show taking place right in front of your very eyes. All you need to do is look up!
Plus, visitors who are interested in venturing a little further, the area around the Columbia Icefields, just outside of Jasper, is also the place to find some of the very darkest skies in the Northern Hemisphere.
Find the take in this article to be helpful? National and International Travel and Recreation as well as National Education and Industry materials come from a husband and wife creative team, who travel extensively as photonaturalists and writers. One is an experienced research scientist with a doctorate in Material Sciences and background in optics research. The other is former Vice President of GKE (Global Knowledge Exchange), who served as a US Web-based Education Commissioner during the Clinton administration, and was a former US National Tech&Learning Teacher of the Year.
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