If you find yourself in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta this weekend, head to Cameron Lake on Friday night for a star show. Parks Canada and volunteer astronomers from Montana will be pointing out constellations, galaxies, nebulas and stars beginning at 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Bring a blanket or chair, warm clothes, and binoculars or spotting scope. In the case of poor weather or cloudy skies, the event will take place on Saturday, August 16.
The Star Party supports current efforts to designate a Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Dark Sky Preserve; committing both Waterton and Glacier to protect and preserve the parks’ dark skies. Join the folks from Parks Canada as they inspire appreciation of our night skies.
Parks Canada is supporting Canada's National Conservation Plan by taking concrete action to connect Canadians to nature. The ongoing work of Parks Canada and programs – like the Xplorers program, Learn-to Camp and special events and exciting new activities and programs across the country – are enhancing visitor experience and facilitating personal connections with Parks Canada places.
“Have you ever explored a national park at night? That is when the skies come alive! National Parks are key places where dark skies are maintained to inspire people now and into the future," says Ifan Thomas, the field unit superintendent at Waterton Lakes.