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Star Party Calendar 2018

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

Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2017, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2017, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. Photo by Alan Dyer

Dark night skies, mild weather, telescope viewing sessions, contests and informative talks are featured at summer gatherings across Canada. Contact organizers to confirm details and inquire about registration, accommodations and fees.

Events are listed by region, and then by date. Note that several gatherings occur on multiple dates spread over several months. Be sure to scan the entire list for your region to avoid overlooking an event you might wish to attend.

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

ATLANTIC CANADA

June 15-16

KOUCHIBOUGUAC SPRING STARFEST

Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick
Contact: Paul Owen
Tel: 506-343-7975
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: sjastronomy.ca/star-parties-new-brunswick/kouchibouguac-spring-starfest

July 13-14

MOUNT CARLETON STAR PARTY

Armstrong Campground (in Mount Carleton Provincial Park), New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Paul Owen
Tel: 506-343-7975
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: sjastronomy.ca/star-parties-new-brunswick/mount-carleton-star-party

August 10-12

NOVA EAST STAR PARTY

Smileys Provincial Park (near Newport), Nova Scotia
Organizer: RASC Halifax Centre
Contact: Registrar
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: halifax.rasc.ca/ne

August 10-11

TERRA NOVA PARK NIGHT SKY CELEBRATION

Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland
Organizer: RASC St. John’s Centre
Contact: Randy Dodge
Tel: 709-745-2903
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.stjohnsrasc.ca

August 17-18

BUTTER POT STAR PARTY

Butter Pot Provincial Park (west of St. John’s), Newfoundland
Organizer: RASC St. John’s Centre
Contact: Randy Dodge
Tel: 709-745-2903
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.stjohnsrasc.ca

August 17-19

KEJIMKUJIK DARK SKY WEEKEND

Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site, Maitland Bridge, Nova Scotia
Organizers: Parks Canada & RASC Halifax Centre
Contact: Audrey Levesque
Tel: 902-682-2772
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.pc.gc.ca/keji

August 31-September 1

FUNDY PARK STARGAZE

Chignecto Campground (in Fundy National Park), New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Paul Owen
E-mail: p[email protected]
Website: sjastronomy.ca/star-parties-new-brunswick/fundy-park-stargaze

September 14-15

KOUCHIBOUGUAC FALL STARFEST

Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick
Contact: Paul Owen
Tel: 506-343-7975
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: sjastronomy.ca/star-parties-new-brunswick/kouchibouguac-fall-
Starfest

CENTRAL CANADA

April 20, May 18, June 22, July 20, August 17, September 14, October 12

MILLENNIUM SQUARE STARGAZING NIGHTS

Millennium Square (south end of Liverpool Road), Pickering, Ontario
Organizer: RASC Toronto Centre
Contact: Arnold Brody
Tel: 905-903-2822
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.rascto.ca

May 10-13

FROZEN BANANA STAR PARTY

Mew Lake Campground (in Algonquin Provincial Park), Ontario
Organizer: North Bay Astronomy Club
Contact: Bill Montague
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.gatewaytotheuniverse.org

May 11-14, September 7-10, October 5-8

AURORA BOREALIS WEEKEND

Gordon’s Park Dark Sky Preserve (on Manitoulin Island), Ontario
Organizer: Gordon’s Park
Contact: Rita Gordon
Tel: 705-859-2470
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.gordonspark.com

May 11-12, June 8-9, July 6-7, August 3-4, September 14-15

NIGHT SKY STARGAZING TOURS

Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, Erinsville, Ontario
Organizer: Lennox & Addington County
Contact: Rob Plumley
Tel: 613-453-1010
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.DarkSkyViewing.com

May 12, June 16, July 14, August 11-13, September 1, October 6

FRONTENAC STARGAZING EVENTS

North Frontenac Stargazing Pad, 5816 Road 506 between Plevna and Fernleigh, Ontario
Organizer: Township of North Frontenac
Contact: Corey Klatt
Tel: 613-479-2231, ext. 233
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.northfrontenac.com/dark-sky-preserve.html

May 19, June 16, July 14, August 11, September 8

ASTROPHOTOGRAPHERS ASSEMBLE

Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, Erinsville, Ontario
Organizer: Lennox & Addington County
Contact: Rob Plumley
Tel: 613-453-1010
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.DarkSkyViewing.com

June 7-10

NEW MOON IN JUNE

Grundy Lake Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizers: North Bay Astronomy Club & Sudbury Astronomy Club
Contact: Linda Pulliah
Tel: 705-671-8127
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.gatewaytotheuniverse.org

July 5-6

NOCTURNE X: A NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL

Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington Street W., Ottawa, Ontario
Organizer: Cube Gallery
Contact: Don Monet
Tel: 613-728-1750
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: cubegallery.ca

July 12-15

GATEWAY TO THE UNIVERSE

Location details TBA (Ontario)
Organizer: North Bay Astronomy Club
Contact: Bill Montague
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.gatewaytotheuniverse.org

July 13-15

STARGAZING MANITOULIN: AN INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY

Gordon’s Park Dark Sky Preserve (on Manitoulin Island), Ontario
Organizer: Gordon’s Park
Contact: Rita Gordon
Tel: 705-859-2470
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.gordonspark.com

August 1-4

14TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ASTRONOMY STAR PARTY

Johnstown, Ontario
Contact: Rock Mallin
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mallincam.net/video-star-parties.html

August 9-12

AUGUST STAR PARTY

The Chapmans’ observing field, Ontario
Organizer: North Bay Astronomy Club
Contact: Lillian or Robert Chapman
Tel: 705-386-7087
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.gatewaytotheuniverse.org

August 9-12

STARFEST 2018

River Place Park (near Mount Forest), RR#3, Ayton, Ontario
Organizer: North York Astronomical Association
Contact: Ken Knox
Tel: 416-733-2048
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.nyaa.ca

August 10-13

PERSEIDS METEOR PARTY

Gordon’s Park Dark Sky Preserve (on Manitoulin Island), Ontario
Organizer: Gordon’s Park
Contact: Rita Gordon
Tel: 705-859-2470
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.gordonspark.com

August 12-14

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER

Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, Erinsville, Ontario
Organizer: Lennox & Addington County
Contact: Rob Plumley
Tel: 613-453-1010
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.DarkSkyViewing.com

August 23-26

HALF THE NIGHT STAR PARTY

Halfway Lake Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizer: Linda Pulliah with the Sudbury Astronomy Club
Contact: Linda Pulliah
Tel: 705-671-8127
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.ogorman.ca

September 6-9

LAST CHANCE STAR PARTY

Group Site #601 in Restoule Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizer: North Bay Astronomy Club
Contact: Lillian or Robert Chapman
Tel: 705-386-7087
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.gatewaytotheuniverse.org

September 7-9

FALL ‘N’ STARS

Boy Scout Camp (in Vanderwater Conservation Area), Thomasburg, Ontario
Website: rascbelleville.ca/fallnstars

September 7-9

R.O.C. (RENDEZ-VOUS DES OBSERVATEURS DU CIEL)

Saint-Romain, Quebec
Contact: Pierre Tournay
Tel: 450-458-7050
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.roc-qc.net

September 15 (Rain Date: September 22)

STARS OVER KILLARNEY

Killarney Provincial Park Observatory, Ontario
Organizers: Science North & Sudbury Astronomy Club
Contact: Olathe MacIntyre
Tel: 705-522-3701, ext. 341
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: sciencenorth.ca/starparty

November 10

CAFTA 2018

(Concours Annuel de Fabricants de Télescopes d’Amateurs)
Dorval, Quebec
Website: astrosurf.com/cdadfs/cafta.html

WESTERN CANADA

May 19

BEYOND THE BIG DIPPER

Rock Creek Campground in Grasslands National Park (East Block), Saskatchewan
Organizer: Grasslands National Park
Contact: Brenda Peterson
Tel: 306-476-2018
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.pc.gc.ca/grasslands

June 28-July 1

THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

University of Calgary campus in Calgary, Alberta
Organizer: RASC Calgary Centre
Contact: Robyn Foret
Tel: 403-803-1075
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: https://rascga2018.ca

July 13-15

STARBQ

Eccles Ranch Observatory (north of Caroline), Alberta
Organizer: RASC Calgary Centre
Contact: Roland Dechesne
Tel: 403-510-4330
Website: calgary.rasc.ca/starbq2018.htm

July 14 & August 11

BEYOND THE BIG DIPPER

Frenchman Valley Campground in Grasslands National Park
(West Block), Saskatchewan
Organizer: Grasslands National Park
Contact: Carmen Hanson
Tel: 306-298-2257
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.pc.gc.ca/grasslands

August 4-12

MOUNT KOBAU STAR PARTY

Summit of Mount Kobau (near Osoyoos), British Columbia
Organizer: Mount Kobau Astronomical Society
Contact: Jim Failes
Tel: 250-763-6962
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mksp.ca

August 8-13

SASKATCHEWAN SUMMER STAR PARTY

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park (Centre Block), south of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan
Organizers: RASC Saskatoon Centre & RASC Regina Centre
Contact: Richard Huziak
Tel: 306-665-3392
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: sssp.saskatoon.rasc.ca

August 10-13

23RD ANNUAL ISLAND STAR PARTY

Bright Angel Park, 4528 Tigwell Road, Duncan, British Columbia
Organizer: Cowichan Valley Starfinders Astronomy Club
Website: starfinders.ca/island-star-party

August 23-26

THEBACHA AND WOOD BUFFALO DARK SKY FESTIVAL

Fort Smith & Wood Buffalo National Park, Northwest Territories
Organizer: Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society
Contact: Mike Couvrette
Tel: 867-872-0243
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.tawbas.ca

August 24-26

YUKON STAR PARTY

Whitehorse, Yukon
Organizer: RASC Yukon Centre
Contact: Viktor Zsohar
Tel: 250-408-4838
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: yukonastronomy.com

September 4-9

NORTHERN PRAIRIE STAR PARTY

Black Nugget Lake Campground (southeast of Tofield), Alberta
Organizer: RASC Edmonton Centre
Contact: Rick Bramm
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: edmontonrasc.com/northern-prairie-star-party

September 7-9

ALBERTA STAR PARTY

Starland Recreation Area Campground (north of Drumheller), Alberta
Organizer: RASC Calgary Centre
Contact: Jason Nishiyama
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: calgary.rasc.ca/asp2018.htm

September 8-16

MERRITT STAR QUEST

Loon Lake observing site, near Merritt, British Columbia
Organizer: Merritt Astronomical Society
Website: www.merrittastronomical.com

September 15

LAKELAND DARK SKY CELEBRATION

Lakeland Provinical Recreation Area (Pinehurst Lake Campground)
Organizer: Alberta Parks
Contact: Jaclyn Denman
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.albertaparks.ca

September 21-22

NORTHERN NIGHTS FESTIVAL

Kathleen Lake Campground
(in Kluane National Park and Reserve), near Haines Junction, Yukon
Organizer: Parks Canada
Contact: Jackie Zinger
Tel: 867-634-7250
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/yt/kluane

October 12-21

JASPER DARK SKY FESTIVAL

Jasper townsite & Jasper National Park, Alberta
Organizer: Tourism Jasper
Contact: Myriam Bolduc
Tel: 780-820-2124
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: jasperdarksky.travel

Dates TBA

RASCALS STAR PARTY

Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Organizer: RASC Victoria Centre
Contact: Chris Purse, President
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: victoria.rasc.ca/events/rascals-star-party

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