Thebacha and Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival August 2017

Star Party Calendar 2017

Summer is the season for enjoying and sharing the wonders of the night sky at gatherings all across Canada. 

Larry Bogan -Telescopes

Nova East Star Party 2015 telescope field. Courtesy Larry Bogan

Most of the events listed here feature guest speakers, telescope viewing sessions and contests. Contact organizers to confirm details and inquire about registration, accommodations and fees.

Quick links to events in your area: Atlantic Canada | Central Canada | Western Canada

ATLANTIC CANADA

June 2-4

KOUCHIBOUGUAC SPRING STAR FEST

Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Adrien Bordage,
272 Des Erables, Dieppe, NB E1A 9B2
Tel: 506-343-5760
E-mail: abordage@rogers.com
Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

July 28-29

BUTTER POT STAR PARTY

Butter Pot Provincial Park (west of St. John’s), Newfoundland
Organizer: RASC St. John’s Centre
Contact: Randy Dodge, 206 Frecker Dr., St. John’s, NL A1E 5H9
Tel: 709-745-2903
E-mail: info@stjohnsrasc.ca
Website: www.stjohnsrasc.ca

July 28-29

THE COW (CAMPING OBSERVING WEEKEND) STAR PARTY

Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Ted Dunphy, 1190 Dorn Ridge Rd., Burtts Corner, NB E6L 2V4
Tel: 506-363-5911
E-mail: signpostnb@gmail.com

July 28-30

NOVA EAST

Smileys Provincial Park (near Newport), Nova Scotia
Organizer: RASC Halifax Centre
Contact: Paul Gray, 1842 Highway 201, South Greenwood, NS B0P 1R0
Tel: 902-242-2481 (Paul Gray)
or: 902-865-0518 (Judy Black)
E-mail: snpgray@gmail.com or: jblackns@icloud.com
Website: halifax.rasc.ca/ne

August 4-5

EVENING UNDER THE STARS

Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland
Organizer: RASC St. John’s Centre
Contact: Randy Dodge, 206 Frecker Dr., St. John’s, NL A1E 5H9
Tel: 709-745-2903
E-mail: info@stjohnsrasc.ca
Website: www.stjohnsrasc.ca

August 11-13

DARK SKY WEEKEND

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Nova Scotia
Organizers: Parks Canada and RASC Halifax Centre
Contact: Audrey Levesque, PO Box 236, Maitland Bridge, NS B0T 1B0
Tel: 902-682-2772
Fax: 902-682-3367
E-mail: kejimkujik.info@pc.gc.ca
Website: www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ns/kejimkujik/activ/activ13.aspx

August 11-13

MT. CARLETON STAR PARTY

Mount Carleton Provincial Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Paul Owen, 29 Brookview Dr., Hampton, NB E5N 5E5
Tel: 506-832-3089 (Paul Owen)
or: 506-650-0088 (Chris Curwin)
E-mail: pacificpaul@msn.com or: ccurwin@nbnet.nb.ca
Website: sjastronomy.ca

September 15-17

FUNDY NATIONAL PARK STARGAZE 2017

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Chris Curwin, 38 Celeste Ct., Saint John, NB E2K 4K4
Tel: 506-650-0088 (Chris Curwin) or: 506-832-3089 (Paul Owen)
E-mail: ccurwin@nbnet.nb.ca or: pacificpaul@msn.com
Website: sjastronomy.ca

September 22-24

FALL FOR THE STARS DARK SKY WEEKEND

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Nova Scotia
Organizers: Parks Canada and RASC Halifax Centre
Contact: Audrey Levesque, PO Box 236, Maitland Bridge, NS B0T 1B0
Tel: 902-682-2772
Fax: 902-682-3367
E-mail: kejimkujik.info@pc.gc.ca
Website: www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ns/kejimkujik/activ/activ13.aspx

September 22-24

KOUCHIBOUGUAC FALL STAR GAZE

Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Adrien Bordage, 272 Des Erables, Dieppe, NB E1A 9B2
Tel: 506-343-5760
E-mail: abordage@rogers.com
Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

CENTRAL CANADA

May 19 (rain date May 20)

MILLENIUM SQUARE STARGAZING NIGHT

Pickering, Ontario
Organizer: RASC Toronto
Sponsor: Durham Skies
Website: http://rascto.ca/upcoming-events

May 25-28

HAROLD HEALY FROZEN BANANA STAR PARTY

Mew Lake Campground (in Algonquin Provincial Park), Ontario
Organizer: Bill Montague or Randy Currie, 928 Premier Rd., North Bay, ON P1A 2H5
Tel: 705-492-3048 (Bill) or: 705-495-5050 (Randy)
E-mail: astronomer123@cogeco.ca (Bill) or: stargazingran@yandex.com (Randy)
Website: www.gatewaytotheuniverse.org

May 26 and 27

SPRING STARGAZING EVENINGS

Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, Erinsville, Ontario
Website: www.DarkSkyViewing.com
Email: stargazing@lennox-addington.on.ca

June 2 (rain date June 3)

MILLENIUM SQUARE STARGAZING NIGHT

Pickering, Ontario
Organizer: RASC Toronto
Sponsor: Durham Skies
Website: http://rascto.ca/upcoming-events

June 22-25

NEW MOON IN JUNE STAR PARTY

Grundy Lake Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizers: North Bay Astronomy Club and Sudbury Astronomy Club
Contact: Linda Pulliah, 113 Logan Ave., Sudbury, ON P3C 3E4
Tel: 705-671-8127
E-mail: pulliah@fibreop.ca
Website: www.gatewaytotheuniverse.org or: www.ogorman.ca

June 23 and 24

EARLY SUMMER STARGAZING EVENINGS

Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, Erinsville, Ontario
Website: www.DarkSkyViewing.com
Email: stargazing@lennox-addington.on.ca

July 28

MILLENIUM SQUARE STARGAZING NIGHT

Pickering, Ontario
Organizer: RASC Toronto
Sponsor: Durham Skies
Website: http://rascto.ca/upcoming-events

June 29-July 3

THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Astronomy conference held on the campus of Algonquin College in Ottawa
Organizer: RASC Ottawa Centre
E-mail: contact@ottawa-rasc.ca
Website: ottawa.rasc.ca

July 6-7

NOCTURNE FESTIVAL 2017

Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
Organizer: Cube Gallery
Contact: Don Monet, 1285 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A8
Tel: 613-728-1750
E-mail: don@cubegallery.ca
Website: www.cubegallery.ca

July 20-23

GATEWAY TO THE UNIVERSE STAR PARTY

Marten River Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizer: North Bay Astronomy Club
Contact: Bill Montague or Randy Currie, 928 Premier Rd., North Bay, ON P1A 2H5
Tel: 705-492-3048 (Bill) or: 705-495-5050 (Randy)
E-mail: astronomer123@cogeco.ca (Bill) or: stargazingran@yandex.com (Randy)
Website: www.gatewaytotheuniverse.org

July 20-23

STARFEST 2017

River Place Park (near Mount Forest), Ontario
Organizer: North York Astronomical Association
Contact: Ken Knox
Tel: 416-733-2048
E-mail: NYAApresident@nyaa.ca or: info@nyaa.ca
Website: www.nyaa.ca

July 21 and 22

THE MILKY WAY STARGAZING EVENINGS

Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, Erinsville, Ontario
Website: www.DarkSkyViewing.com
Email: stargazing@lennox-addington.on.ca

July 21-23

STARGAZING MANITOULIN

Gordon’s Park Dark Sky Preserve (on Manitoulin Island), Ontario
Organizer: Gordon’s Park
Contact: Rita Gordon, Manager, 18777 Hwy. 6, RR 1, Tehkummah, Manitoulin Island, ON P0P 2C0
Tel: 705-859-2470
E-mail: rita@gordonspark.com
Website: www.gordonspark.com

August 10-13

AUGUST STAR PARTY

Marten River Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizer: North Bay Astronomy Club
Contact: Lillian or Robert Chapman, 251 Airport Rd., PO Box 67, Sundridge, ON P0A 1Z0
Tel: 705-386-7087
E-mail: bobandlil14@gmail.com
Website: www.gatewaytotheuniverse.org

August 11 and 12

THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER

Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, Erinsville, Ontario
Website: www.DarkSkyViewing.com
Email: stargazing@lennox-addington.on.ca

August 11-14

PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER PARTY

Gordon’s Park Dark Sky Preserve (on Manitoulin Island), Ontario
Organizer: Gordon’s Park
Contact: Rita Gordon, Manager, 18777 Hwy. 6, RR 1, Tehkummah, Manitoulin Island, ON P0P 2C0
Tel: 705-859-2470
E-mail: rita@gordonspark.com
Website: www.gordonspark.com

August 12

CHARLESTON LAKE STAR GAZE 2017

Charleston Lake Provincial Park (near Brockville), Ontario
Astro-talk by Terence Dickinson at 8:15 p.m. followed by meteor and telescope viewing
Organizer: Charleston Lake Provincial Park
Tel: 613-659-2065
Website: www.ontarioparks.com/park/charlestonlake

August 18-21

MANITOULIN STAR PARTY

Gordon’s Park Dark Sky Preserve (on Manitoulin Island), Ontario
Organizer: Gordon’s Park
Contact: Rita Gordon, Manager, 18777 Hwy. 6, RR 1, Tehkummah, Manitoulin Island, ON P0P 2C0
Tel: 705-859-2470
E-mail: rita@gordonspark.com
Website: www.gordonspark.com

August 24-27

HALF THE NIGHT STAR PARTY

Halfway Lake Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizer: Sudbury Astronomy Club
Contact: Linda Pulliah, 113 Logan Ave., Sudbury, ON P3C 3E4
E-mail: pulliah@fibreop.ca

August 25 (rain date August 26)

MILLENIUM SQUARE STARGAZING NIGHT

Pickering, Ontario
Organizer: RASC Toronto
Sponsor: Durham Skies
Website: http://rascto.ca/upcoming-events

September 14-17

THE LAST CHANCE STAR PARTY

Restoule Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizer: North Bay Astronomy Club
Contact: Lillian or Robert Chapman, 251 Airport Rd., PO Box 67, Sundridge, ON P0A 1Z0
Tel: 705-386-7087
E-mail: bobandlil14@gmail.com
Website: www.gatewaytotheuniverse.org

September 15-17

THE ROC (LE RENDEZ-VOUS DES OBSERVATEURS DU CIEL)

Saint-Romain, Quebec
Contact: Pierre Tournay, 71 Macaulay Lane, Hudson, QC J0P 1H0
Tel: 514-421-4164
E-mail: PierreT@aei.ca
Website: www.roc-qc.net

September 22 and 23

EARLY AUTUMN STARGAZING EVENINGS

Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, Erinsville, Ontario
Website: www.DarkSkyViewing.com
Email: stargazing@lennox-addington.on.ca

September 22-24

FALL N STARS

Boy Scout Camp in Thomasburg, Ontario
Organizers: RASC Belleville and Kingston Centres
Contact: Kim Hay, 76 Colebrook Rd., RR 1, Yarker, ON K0K 3N0
Tel: 613-377-6028
E-mail: cdnspooky@gmail.com
Website: rascbelleville.ca/fallnstars

September 22-25

AURORA BOREALIS WEEKEND

Gordon’s Park Dark Sky Preserve (on Manitoulin Island), Ontario
Organizer: Gordon’s Park
Contact: Rita Gordon, Manager, 18777 Hwy. 6, RR 1, Tehkummah, Manitoulin Island, ON P0P 2C0
Tel: 705-859-2470
E-mail: rita@gordonspark.com
Website: www.gordonspark.com

September 29 (rain date September 30)

MILLENIUM SQUARE STARGAZING NIGHT

Pickering, Ontario
Organizer: RASC Toronto
Sponsor: Durham Skies
Website: http://rascto.ca/upcoming-events

October 20 (rain date October 21)

MILLENIUM SQUARE STARGAZING NIGHT

Pickering, Ontario
Organizer: RASC Toronto
Sponsor: Durham Skies
Website: http://rascto.ca/upcoming-events

October 20-23

NORTHERN LIGHTS WEEKEND

Gordon’s Park Dark Sky Preserve (on Manitoulin Island), Ontario
Organizer: Gordon’s Park
Contact: Rita Gordon, Manager, 18777 Hwy. 6, RR 1, Tehkummah, Manitoulin Island, ON P0P 2C0
Tel: 705-859-2470
E-mail: rita@gordonspark.com
Website: www.gordonspark.com

Date TBA

CAFTA 2017 (Concours Annuel de Fabricants de Télescopes d’Amateurs)

Centre communautaire Sarto-Desnoyers in Dorval, Quebec
Organizers: Dorval Astronomy Club, Société d’astronomie de Montréal and RASC Montreal Centre
Contact: Marjolaine Savoie, 81 Dieppe, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 1X2
Tel: 514-953-9038
E-mail: marjos@ca.inter.net
Website: www.astrosurf.com/cdadfs/cafta.html

WESTERN CANADA

May 27

BEYOND THE BIG DIPPER

Grasslands National Park (East Block), Saskatchewan
Organizer: Grasslands National Park
Contact: Brenda Peterson,
PO Box 150, Val Marie, SK S0N 2T0
Tel: 306-476-2018
E-mail: grasslands.info@pc.gc.ca
Website: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/grasslands

July 21-23

ALBERTA STAR-B-Q

Eccles Ranch Observatory (north of Caroline), Alberta
Organizer: RASC Calgary Centre
Website: calgary.rasc.ca/starbq2017.htm

July 22

BEYOND THE BIG DIPPER

Grasslands National Park (West Block), Saskatchewan
Organizer: Grasslands National Park
Contact: Carrie Clausen, PO Box 150, Val Marie, SK S0N 2T0
Tel: 306-298-2257
E-mail: grasslands.info@pc.gc.ca
Website: parkscanada.gc.ca/grasslands

July 22-30

MT. KOBAU STAR PARTY

Summit of Mount Kobau (near Osoyoos), British Columbia
Organizer: Mount Kobau Astronomical Society
Contact: MKSP Secretary, 1069 Calmels Cres., Kelowna, BC V1Y 4L6
Tel: 250-763-6962
E-mail: info@mksp.ca
Website: www.mksp.ca

July 28-30

RASCALS STAR PARTY

District of Metchosin Municipal Grounds
Organizer: RASC Victoria Centre
Contact: Chris Purse, President
E-mail: president@victoria.rasc.ca
Website: victoria.rasc.ca/events/rascals-star-party

August 17-20

THEBACHA & WOOD BUFFALO DARK SKY FESTIVAL

Fort Smith and Wood Buffalo National Park, Northwest Territories
Organizer: Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society
Contact: Mike Couvrette, PO Box 1354, Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0
Tel: 867-872-0243
E-mail: info@tawbas.ca
Website: www.tawbas.ca/dark-sky-festival.html

August 19-26

MERRITT STAR QUEST

Loon Lake Gravel Pit, British Columbia
Organizer: Merritt Astronomical Society
Contact: Paul Greenhalgh, 34356 Mendham St., Abbotsford, BC V2S 4K6
Tel: 604-853-3350
E-mail: fvas@telus.net
Website: www.merrittastronomical.com

August 23-27

SASKATCHEWAN SUMMER STAR PARTY 2017

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park (Centre Block), south of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan
Organizers: RASC Saskatoon and Regina Centres
Contact: Rick Huziak, 127 Maple St., Saskatoon, SK S7J 0A2
Tel: 306-665-3392
E-mail: sssp.sk@sasktel.net
Website: www.usask.ca/rasc/starparty.html

September 15-17

ALBERTA STAR PARTY

Starland Recreational Area campground (north of Drumheller), Alberta
Organizer: RASC Calgary Centre
Website: calgary.rasc.ca/asp.htm

September 15-17

ISLAND STAR PARTY

Bright Angel Park (just south of Duncan, on Vancouver Island), British Columbia
Organizer: Cowichan Valley Starfinders Society
E-mail via Website: starfinders.ca/contact-us
Website: starfinders.ca/island-star-party

September 19-24

NORTHERN PRAIRIE STAR PARTY

Black Nugget Lake Campground (southeast of Tofield), Alberta
Organizer: RASC Edmonton Centre
Contact: Rick Bramm, #788 -10301-104 St., Edmonton, AB T5J 1B9
E-mail: npsp@edmontonrasc.com
Website: edmontonrasc.com/northern-prairie-star-party

September 23-24

VULCAN STAR B Q & CAMPING

East of Maycroft, Alberta (on the Oldman River at Highway 22)
Tel: 403-485-2994
E-mail: info@vulcantourism.com
Website: www.vulcantourism.com

October 13-22

JASPER DARK SKY FESTIVAL

Jasper townsite & Jasper National Park, Alberta
Organizer: Tourism Jasper
Contact: Myriam Bolduc, 411 Patricia St., PO Box 568, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0
Tel: 780-820-2127
E-mail: myriam@jaspercanadianrockies.com
Website: jasperdarksky.travel

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