In 2011, Jasper National Park received a Dark Sky Preserve designation from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Since that time, dark sky viewing and appreciation has exploded in popularity and visitors are eager to venture beyond and look up at the universe in a way that only the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve can offer.
With 11,000 square kilometers of preserved dark sky, it’s guaranteed that on a clear night there’s a spot to see night sky in all its glory. Here are some of our favourite spots to power down and look up.
10 MALIGNE LAKE
Maligne Lake is home to the famous Spirit Island, one of the most photographed places in the Canadian Rockies. At night this oasis transforms from daylight’s natural elegance to reveal an awe-inspiring collection of stars. This tranquil space is perfect to sit back, relax and reflect on the natural beauty surrounding you.
Jasper's Dark Sky invites stargazing adventurers to get lost in the wonder of one of the world's largest dark sky preserves. Come celebrate the skies with the annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival, an ever-growing celebration aimed at connecting all ages to our universe and beyond. If you’re out stargazing in the park, connect with us on Instagram and tag @tourismjasper, #MyJasper or #JasperDarkSky to give us permission to share!