Best time to go to Banff & Jasper National Parks

Jasper Dark Sky Festival 2019

Celebrate the stars in the second largest dark preservation site in the world

Jasper Dark Sky Festival in Banff & Jasper National Parks 2020 - Best Time
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In 2011, the Royal Astronomical Society designated Jasper as a Dark Sky Preserve in Canada, due to its ideal conditions for dark sky observation. As a result, Jasper National Park pledged to eliminate and reduce light pollution in all its forms and to preserve and protect the night sky.

No matter wether you are a passionate stargazer or a mere admirer of tranquility, you can witness Jasper National Park’s dark sky all year round.

The main celebration of the night sky is the Jasper Dark Sky Festival, which takes place in October. This month is the best for visiting the park and taking part in the festivities. The Dark Sky Preserve has plenty of dark sky programming that showcases this natural treasure.

There are four outstanding sites in the radius of the park for dark sky viewing: Maligne Lake, Pyramid Island, the toe of Athabasca Glacier and Old Fort Point. If you pitch a tent and set up a crackling campfire, sleeping under the stars will turn out to be an unforgettable experience.