Thebacha and Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival August 2017

Star Party Calendar 2016

Dark night skies, telescope viewing and talks for backyard astronomers are the feature attractions at gatherings across Canada this summer.

Dickinson - AstroDayAll events are open to everyone. Contact organizers for further details, such as accommodations and fees.

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

ATLANTIC CANADA

June 10-12

KOUCHIBOUGUAC SPRING STAR FEST

Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Adrien Bordage, #500 – 6 Riverside Dr., Fredericton, NB  E3A 8C2
Tel: 506-206-3061
E-mail: abordage@rogers.com
Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

July 8-1

COW STAR PARTY (Camping & Observing Weekend)

Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Adrien Bordage, #500 – 6 Riverside Dr., Fredericton, NB  E3A 8C2
Tel: 506-206-3061
E-mail: abordage@rogers.com
Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

July 29-31

MT. CARLETON STAR PARTY

Mount Carleton Provincial Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Adrien Bordage, #500 – 6 Riverside Dr., Fredericton, NB  E3A 8C2
Tel: 506-206-3061
E-mail: abordage@rogers.com
Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

August 5-6

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

August 26-28

NOVA EAST

Smileys Provincial Park, Nova Scotia
Organizer: RASC Halifax Centre
Contact: Registrar, 25 Old Litchfield Wharf Rd., RR 3, Granville Ferry, NS  B0S 1K0
Tel: 902-242-2481 (Paul Gray)
E-mail: novaeast2016@rasc.ca
Website: halifax.rasc.ca/ne

September 2-4

FUNDY PARK STAR GAZE

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Adrien Bordage, #500 – 6 Riverside Dr., Fredericton, NB  E3A 8C2
Tel: 506-206-3061
E-mail: abordage@rogers.com
Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

September 30-October 2

KOUCHIBOUGUAC FALL STAR FEST

Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Adrien Bordage, #500 – 6 Riverside Dr., Fredericton, NB  E3A 8C2
Tel: 506-206-3061
E-mail: abordage@rogers.com
Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

CENTRAL CANADA

May 5-8

HAROLD HEALY FROZEN BANANA STAR PARTY

Mew Lake Campground (in Algonquin Provincial Park), Ontario
Organizer: Bill Montague
E-mail: astronomer123@cogeco.ca
Website: www.gatewaytotheuniverse.org

May 19-23

THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Astronomy conference (this year held in conjunction with AstroCATs) on the campus of Fanshawe College in London, Ontario
Organizers: RASC London & Hamilton Centres
Contact: Patrick Whelan
E-mail: vp@rasclondon.ca
or: atacamandy@gmail.com
Website: www.rasc.ca

May 19-23

ASTROCATS/CAPS

Astronomy trade show and astrophotography school (this year held in conjunction with the RASC General Assembly) on the campus of Fanshawe College in London, Ontario
Organizers: RASC Hamilton & London Centres
Contact: Andy Blanchard, 2266 Lakeshore Rd. W, Oakville, ON  L6L 1G8
Tel: 905-330-5625; Fax: 905-469-8600
E-mail: ablanchard@astrocats.ca
Website: www.astrocats.ca

June 2-5

NEW MOON IN JUNE STAR PARTY

Grundy Lake Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizers: North Bay Astronomy Club
& Sudbury Astronomy Club
Contact: Robert or Lillian Chapman
or Linda Pulliah, 251 Airport Rd., PO Box 67,
Sundridge, ON P0A 1Z0
Tel: 705-386-7087
E-mail: pulliah@fiberop.ca
or: bobandlil14@gmail.com
Website: www.gatewaytotheuniverse.org

June 4-5

The ROC (Le Rendez-vous des observateurs du ciel)

Saint-Romain, Quebec
Contact: Pierre Tournay, 71 Macaulay Lane, Hudson, QC  J0P 1H0
Tel: 450-458-7050 or 514-421-4164
Fax: 450-458-7167
E-mail: PierreT@aei.ca
Website: www.roc-qc.net

July 1-4

STARGAZING MANITOULIN

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

July 7-10

GATEWAY TO THE UNIVERSE STAR PARTY

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

July 7 & 14

A FESTIVAL OF THE NIGHT SKY: NOCTURNE VIII

Lecture at 7:30 p.m. and sidewalk star party at 9 p.m. at Cube Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario
Organizers: Cube Gallery & RASC Ottawa Centre
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 28-31

12TH ANNUAL VIDEO STAR PARTY

Johnstown (near Prescott), Ontario
Contact: Rock Mallin
Tel: 613-749-7592 or 613-925-7592
Website: www.mallincam.net/video-star-parties.html

August 4-7

STARFEST 2016

River Place Park (near Mount Forest), Ontario
Organizer: North York Astronomical Association
Contact: John Merchant, 110 Hannaford St., Toronto
Tel: 416-691-4419
E-mail: info@nyaa.ca
Website: www.nyaa.ca

August 4-7

AUGUST STAR PARTY

Marten River Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizer: North Bay Astronomy Club
Contact: Robert or Lillian 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 5-8

MANITOULIN STAR PARTY

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

August 12-15

PERSEIDS METEOR PARTY

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

August 25-28

HALF THE NIGHT STAR PARTY

Halfway Lake Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizer: Sudbury Astronomy Club
Contact: Linda Pulliah, 113 Logan Ave.,
Sudbury, ON  P3C 3E4
Tel: 705-671-8127 or 705-562-0490

August 27 (one evening only)

CHARLESTON LAKE ASTRONOMY NIGHT

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

September 2-5

AURORA BOREALIS WEEKEND

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

September 9-11

FALL‘N’STARS 2016

Vanderwater Conservation Area (Camp Sagonaska Boy Scout Camp, near Thomasburg), Ontario
Organizers: RASC Kingston & Belleville Centres
Contact: Greg Latiak, 10120 Front Rd.,
Stella, ON  K0H 2S0
Tel: 613-541-8101
E-mail: glatiak@gmail.com
Website: rascbelleville.ca/fallnstars

September 22-25

THE KILLARNEY CLUSTER

Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizer: Sudbury Astronomy Club
Contact: Linda Pulliah, 113 Logan Ave., Sudbury, ON  P3C 3E4
Tel: 705-671-8127 or 705-562-0490

September 29-October 2

GRANITE RIDGE STAR PARTY

Granite Ridge Campground (near Kearney), Ontario
Organizer: North Bay Astronomy Club
Contact: Robert or Lillian 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 30-October 2

ASTROPHOTOGRAPHERS CAPTURE THE NIGHT SKY WEEKEND

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

October 7-10

NORTHERN LIGHTS PARTY

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

October 15

CAFTA 2016 (36e Concours Annuel de Fabricants de Télescopes d’Amateurs)

36th Annual Telescope Making Contest
Contact: Marjolaine Savoie
Tel: 514-953-9038
E-mail: marjos@ca.inter.net
Website: www.astrosurf.com/cdadfs/cafta.html

WESTERN CANADA

May 28

BEYOND THE BIG DIPPER

Grasslands National Park (East Block), Saskatchewan
Organizer: Grasslands National Park (Parks Canada)
Contact: Brenda Peterson,
PO Box 150, Val Marie, SK  S0N 2T0
Tel: 306-476-2018; Fax: 306-298-2042
E-mail: grasslands.info@pc.gc.ca
Website: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/grasslands

July 8-10

ALBERTA STAR-B-Q

Eccles Ranch Observatory (north of Caroline), Alberta
Organizer: RASC Calgary Centre
Contact: Roland Dechesne,
#250-300-5th Ave. SW, PO Box 20282,
Calgary, AB  T2P 4J3
E-mail: rasc.calgary@gmail.com
Website: http://calgary.rasc.ca/starbq.htm

July 22-24

SLEEP UNDER THE STARS PARTY & CONCERT WEEKEND

Grasslands National Park (West Block), Saskatchewan
Organizer: Grasslands National Park (Parks Canada)
Contact: Carrie Clausen, PO Box 150,
Val Marie, SK  S0N 2T0
Tel: 306-298-2257; Fax: 306-298-2042
E-mail: grasslands.info@pc.gc.ca
Website: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/grasslands

July 30-August 7

MT. KOBAU STAR PARTY

Summit of Mount Kobau (near Osoyoos), British Columbia
Organizer: Mount Kobau Astronomical Society
Contact: Jim Failes, PO Box 20119 TCM,
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 9H2
Tel: 250-763-6962
E-mail: info@mksp.ca
Website: www.mksp.ca

August 3-7

SASKATCHEWAN SUMMER STAR PARTY 2016

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park (Centre Block), Saskatchewan
Organizers: RASC Saskatoon & 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

August 5-7

ISLAND STAR PARTY

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

August 18-21

THEBACHA & WOOD BUFFALO DARK SKY FESTIVAL

Fort Smith & 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

August 26-28

ALBERTA STAR PARTY

Starland Recreational Area campground (north of Drumheller), Alberta
Organizer: RASC Calgary Centre
Contact: Nicholas David or Judy Sterner,
21 Benchlands Pl., Cochrane, AB  T4C 1C3
Tel: 403-932-6569
E-mail: albertastarparty@gmail.com
Website: calgary.rasc.ca/asp.htm

August 26-28

RASCALS STAR PARTY

Metchosin Municipal Grounds
(on Vancouver Island), British Columbia
Organizer: RASC Victoria Centre
Contact: Sherry Buttnor
E-mail: president@victoria.rasc.ca
Website: www.victoria.rasc.ca

August 27-September 4

MERRITT STAR QUEST

Loon Lake observing site (near Cache Creek, north of Merritt), 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

September 27-October 2

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

October 1

VULCAN STAR B Q

On the Old Man River near the Rocky Mountains at Highway 22, east of Maycroft, Alberta.
Organizer: Vulcan Tourism
Contact: Neel Roberts
Tel: 403-485-2994
E-mail: info@vulcantourism.com
Website: www.vulcantourism.com

October 14-16 & October 21-23

JASPER DARK SKY FESTIVAL

Jasper, 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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