It's still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors without too much bundling, and the whole park is painted in shades of red and gold. It's also the perfect time to power down and look up.
If you've never been to Dark Sky Festival before, you're in for an incredible experience.
The night sky that most of us are used to seeing is far from a true dark sky. Because of light pollution, the stars and planets that we can see from the city is only a small fraction of what's really visible from Earth. Jasper, a Dark Sky Preserve, has limited light pollution, giving us an unhindered look at the beauty above.
From October 14 to 23, we celebrate the stars with prominent speakers, bright astronomers and amateur stargazers. Join us for keynotes, family activities and ample opportunities to explore the beauty of a true dark sky.
There are tons of fun events happening in Jasper on both weekends of the festival, and many of them are free! Check out the full list of events here. Making a schedule is a great way to maximize your weekend, but make sure you leave time for unplanned exploring too.
Free events you can't miss:
Learn about why dark skies are so important, and how Jasper is taking its designation as a Dark Sky Preserve seriously. More details →
Join interpreters for a beautiful evening under the stars, learning about space through telescopes and binoculars. More details →
This event is perfect for families and encourages you to get hands-on with demonstrations, experiments and displays. More details →
Join us at beautiful Lake Annette for the key dark sky experience: stargazing. There are telescopes, activities, and plenty of opportunities to just get lost in wonder. More details →
Okay, we know that packing isn't very much fun. But packing properly will make sure you're ready for anything that gets thrown at you so you can make the most of your weekend (or weekends!) at the Dark Sky Festival.
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
There's nothing cooler than those amazing night sky photos (like the ones filling up this page!) but they're tricky to master. We've all tried to capture the gorgeous, textured moon and ended up with a weird blurry glow. Not so beautiful. Part of the problem with shooting in the dark is that you need to have a slower shutter speed, so that your camera has more time to take in the limited light available.
Getting the exposure right in the dark can be difficult... but luckily there are a few easy ways to up your photography game, even if you're just an amateur:
Want to learn more? Sign up for the 2 Day Photography Workshop on October 21 and 22nd.
Ready to plan your Dark Sky adventure? Find all the details you need at jasperdarksky.travel.