It’s a community celebration that has you contemplating the universe, in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The Jasper Dark Sky Festival is coming up October 14-23 and you can start plan your experience there today.
Jasper Dark Sky Festival
Get lost in the wonder of one of the world’s largest dark sky preserves as you enjoy a week of festival fun, talks, workshops, and more.
Headliners include George Takei (October 21st) and Bill Nye The Science Guy (October 15th is sold out; October 14th is a special evening with Nye at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge). You can also catch Jeremy Hansen, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut (October 15th).
Other events at the Jasper Dark Sky Festival include the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Presents: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (October 15th sold out), free Stargazing Along the Shores of Lake Annette (October 21st), and the Big Bang Expo, presented by TELUS World of Science Edmonton (October 22nd). SPACETalks will take place October 22nd with Nadia Drake, Bobak Ferdowsi (Mohawk Guy at NASA’s JPL), and more.
A star-filled sky is one of nature’s most beautiful sights. But it’s harder than ever to see it. In fact, because of urban light, the night sky has become so bright an estimated 85% of Canadians can’t see more than a few stars.
You’re only half an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Edmonton but you will feel like you’re in an entirely different part of the world. A place where the trembling aspen glow bright yellow in the fall as herds of elk graze beside swollen ponds, where busy beavers build up their lodges. Read about the trip I took with John last year:
“We stood out on a dock at Lac Beauvert in Jasper, on an October night so clear that the only clouds around were the ones we made with our breath. Across the lake, the bass from a wedding party thumped at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and above us hung a moon so full we didn’t need flashlights. John set up a tripod, while I doubled up on my gloves, and we attempted our first night time/stargazing photography session…” » Read more…
While some events are sold out, some great tickets are still available along with so many stargazing opportunities in this amazing National Park. Follow Travel Alberta on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to start planning your trip to the Jasper Dark Sky Festival.