Star Party Calendar 2019

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

2018 Saskatchewan Summer Star Party

The Milky Way arches above the observing field during the 2018 Saskatchewan Summer Star Party. Photo by Alan Dyer

Escaping big-city light pollution and sharing quality time with fellow stargazing enthusiasts are among the attractions of star parties held across Canada. The events listed here are open to the public, but be sure to 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 7-8, September 27-28
KOUCHIBOUGUAC STARFEST

Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Paul Owen
Tel: 506-343-7975
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: rascnb.ca

July 5-6
MACTAQUAC CAMPING & OBSERVING WEEKEND

Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Paul Owen
Tel: 506-343-7975
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: rascnb.ca

August 2-3
MOUNT CARLETON STAR PARTY

Mount Carleton Provincial Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Paul Owen
Tel: 506-343-7975
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: rascnb.ca

August 9-10
BUTTER POT STAR PARTY

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

August 23-25
KEJIMKUJIK DARK SKY WEEKEND

Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site, Nova Scotia
Organizers: Parks Canada & RASC Halifax Centre
Contact: Audrey Levesque
Tel: 902-682-2770
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ns/kejimkujik/activ/evenements-specia-events

August 23-24
TERRA NOVA PARK NIGHT SKY CELEBRATION

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

August 30-31
FUNDY STARGAZE

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
Organizer: RASC New Brunswick Centre
Contact: Paul Owen
Tel: 506-343-7975
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: rascnb.ca

August 30-September 2
NOVA EAST STAR PARTY

Smileys Provincial Park (near Newport), Nova Scotia
Organizers: RASC Halifax Centre & Minas Astronomy Group
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: halifax.rasc.ca/ne

CENTRAL CANADA

April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 21
ASTROPHOTOGRAPHERS ASSEMBLE

Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, Erinsville, Ontario
Organizer: Lennox & Addington County
Contact: Rob Plumley
Tel: 613-354-4883 ext.3271
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.DarkSkyViewing.com

May 3-4, May 31-June 1, June 28-29, August 2-3, August 30-31, September 27-28
LASER-GUIDED STARGAZING TOURS

Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, Erinsville, Ontario
Organizer: Lennox & Addington County
Contact: Rob Plumley
Tel: 613-354-4883 ext.3271
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.DarkSkyViewing.com

May 10, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4
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: rascto.ca/events

May 11, June 1, July 6, August 3-4, August 31-September 1, October 5, October 26
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 24-26, August 30-September 3
AURORA BOREALIS WEEKEND

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

May 30-June 2
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: gatewaytotheuniverse.org

June 13-16
RASC GENERAL ASSEMBLY

York University, Toronto, Ontario
Organizer: RASC
Website: rasc.ca/ga2019

June 27-July 1
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: gatewaytotheuniverse.org

June 28-July 1
STARGAZING MANITOULIN

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

July 25-28
GATEWAY TO THE UNIVERSE

Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizer: North Bay Astronomy Club
Contact: Bill Montague
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: gatewaytotheuniverse.org

July 29-August 4
15TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL VIDEO STAR PARTY

Johnstown, Ontario
Contact: Rock Mallin
Tel: 613-749-7592
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mallincam.net/video-star-parties.html

August 9-13:
PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER PARTY

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

August 13
PERSEID METEOR SHOWER

Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, Erinsville, Ontario
Organizer: Lennox & Addington County
Contact: Rob Plumley
Tel: 613-354-4883 ext.3271
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.DarkSkyViewing.com

August 22-25
HALF THE NIGHT STAR PARTY

Halfway Lake Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizer/Contact: Linda Pulliah
Tel: 705-671-8127
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: gatewaytotheuniverse.org

August 22-25
STARFEST 2019

River Place Park (near Mount Forest), Ontario
Organizer: North York Astronomical Association
Contact: Ken Knox
Tel: 519-665-2228
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.nyaa.ca/starfest.html

August 23-25
THE ROC (LE RENDEZ-VOUS DES OBSERVATEURS DU CIEL)

Saint-Romain, Quebec
Contact: Pierre Tournay
Tel: 514-421-4164
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.roc-qc.net

August 29-September 1
THE AUGUST STAR PARTY

Chapman Observing Field, Ontario
Organizer: North Bay Astronomy Club
Contact: Robert or Lillian Chapman
Tel: 705-386-7087
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: gatewaytotheuniverse.org

September 26-29
THE LAST CHANCE STAR PARTY

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

September 27-29
STARS OVER KILLARNEY

Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario
Organizers: Science North & Sudbury Astronomy Club
Contact: Natural Heritage Education
Tel: 705-287-2900
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.ontarioparks.com/park/killarney/events

September 27-29
FALL ‘N’ STARS

Camp Sagonaska Boy Scout Camp, Thomasburg (north of Belleville), Ontario
Organizers: RASC Kingston Centre & RASC Belleville Centre
Contact: Kim Hay
Tel: 613-377-6028
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: rascbelleville.ca/fallnstars

November 2
CAFTA 2019

(Concours Annuel de Fabricants de Télescopes d’Amateurs)
Centre Communautaire Sarto-Desnoyers, Dorval, Quebec
Organizers: Dorval Astronomy Club & SRAC/Société d’astronomie de Montréal
Contact: Marjolaine Savoie
Tel: 514-953-9038
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: astrosurf.com/cdadfs/cafta.html

Bayside Astronomy

Public stargazing events held at several locations on the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario,  throughout the summer to labour day.
Organizer: Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association
Contact: Mike Warkentin
Tel: 416-837-2959
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.facebook.com/baysideastronomy/

WESTERN CANADA

June 1, July 27
BEYOND THE BIG DIPPER

Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan
Organizer: Grasslands National Park
Contact: Visitor Centre
Tel: 306-298-2257
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.pc.gc.ca/grasslands

July 5-7
ALBERTA STAR-B-Q

Eccles Ranch Observatory (north of Caroline), Alberta
Organizer: RASC Calgary Centre
Contact: Roland Dechesne
Tel: 403-510-4330
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: calgary.rasc.ca/starbq2019.htm

July 27-August 4
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 22-25
THEBACHA & 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/dark-sky-festival.html

August 24-31
MERRITT STAR QUEST

Near Merritt, British Columbia
Organizer: Merritt Astronomical Society
Contact: James Kanester
Tel: 250-558-0845
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.merrittastronomical.com

August 24-25
YUKON STAR PARTY

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

August 28-September 2
SASKATCHEWAN SUMMER STAR PARTY

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

August 30-31
ISLAND STAR PARTY

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

September 20-21
NORTHERN NIGHTS FESTIVAL

Kathleen Lake Campground (in Kluane National Park & Reserve), Yukon
Organizer: Parks Canada
Tel: 867-634-7207
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/kluane

September 21
LAKELAND DARK SKY CELEBRATION

Pinehurst Lake Campground (in Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area), Alberta
Organizer: Alberta Parks
Contact: Jaclyn Denman
Tel: 780-623-5445
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: albertaparks.ca

September 24-29
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 27-29
ALBERTA STAR PARTY

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

September 27-28
RASCALS STAR PARTY

Vancouver Island (Central Saanich), British Columbia
(Note: dates and location tentative.)
Organizer: RASC Victoria Centre
Website: victoria.rasc.ca

October 18-27
JASPER DARK SKY FESTIVAL

Jasper townsite & Jasper National Park, Alberta
Organizer: Tourism Jasper
Contact: Myriam Bolduc
Tel: 418-455-8441
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: jasperdarksky.travel

October 18-20, October 25-27
MANNING PARK DARK SKY ASTRONOMY WEEKEND

Manning Park Resort (in E.C. Manning Provincial Park), British Columbia
Organizers: Manning Park Resort & RASC Vancouver Centre
Contact: Robyn Barker
Tel: 604-668-5940; cell: 604-997-4575
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: manningpark.com/manning-park-dark-sky

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