How To Best Experience Jasper’s Dark Sky Preserve

Sabrina Doyle
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Written by Sabrina Doyle
Main image by Paul Zizka Photography

With an evening itinerary that includes stargazing, astro-learning and hot chocolate, the Planetarium and Telescope Experience Combo is the perfect way to get acquainted with our top notch skies, regardless of weather conditions.

Northern Lights and Log on Shore
Big Telescope
Swirly Star Trails

Even if the weather outside is frightful, Jasper’s skies are still delightful. At least, they are when experienced with Jasper Planetarium. The local company offers many packages, but for visitors who want a perfect balance of fun learning, guaranteed awe and tasty snacks, the Planetarium and Telescope Experience Combo is the way to go.

Stationed on the beautiful viewing platform at the iconic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, knowledgeable guides provide tips and tales about the local ‘Canadian’ constellations, teach how the Northern Lights appear, and take participants on a virtual tour of Jasper’s celestial highlights

This extraordinary package includes: the Planetarium dome theatre experience (part filmed show, part live guide, this indoor dome theatre experience provides a simulation of the night sky by use of a projection system), professional astrophotography tips, a tour of the largest telescope in the Rockies, and instant-replay of recent celestial views from their new video telescope. If weather permits, participants will also get live views through the telescopes.

Polish off the evening by relaxing on the Beauvert Plateau in an authentic First Nations teepee with delicious s'mores and hot chocolate.

NOTE: They operate rain or shine, clear sky or cloud covered, and even when snowing. In the event of cloudy nights, they offer alternative programming and a “rain check” to re-book for another date.