Humanity’s fascination with celestial bodies dates back millennia.
And times have not changed.
Star parties and night sky events are held in our parks every summer, especially in northern Ontario where there is less light pollution.
Our 2019 Summer Stargazing Events:
Most of the programs and events below are weather dependent and may be postponed or canceled due to rain or cloud cover.
Grundy Lake Provincial Park – Star Party; New moon in June
June 27 – July 1, 2019
Explore the night sky of Grundy Lake! Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada-Sudbury Center and the North Bay Astronomy Club for telescope night sky tours, daytime sun viewing, and nighttime presentations.
The event will take place at the Amphitheater.
Killarney Provincial Park: Resident Astronomer, Stars over Killarney
Tuesday, July 2 – August 27, 2019
Every Tuesday all summer long, you can join a resident astronomer at the park’s observatory for a chance to get a close-up view of Jupiter, Saturn, and some of the darkest celestial bodies in the night sky.
Killarney is currently the only provincial park with a high-powered telescope and you won’t want to miss it!
René Brunelle Provincial Park: Walk-in Visit to Discover the Night Sky
August 23, 2019 — 8:00 p.m.
Don’t forget to look up when the sun sets! Stop by the Night Sky Discovery Drop-In at the comfort station. Bring your flashlight and get ready to explore, observe and discover the mysterious night sky.
For more information, please go to the Visitor Center when you arrive at the park or contact us before you come.
Restoule Provincial Park: Astronomy Weekend
August 9-11, 2019
Hosted by members of the North Bay Astronomy Club, there will be laser-guided aerial tours of the main beach on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, with guest speakers on Friday and Saturday evenings.
All activities are weather permitting.
Lake Superior Provincial Park – Dark Sky Weekend
August 1 to 5, 2019
Photo: Paula Trus
In partnership with Algoma Astronomers, Lake Superior will host numerous dark sky events throughout the weekend. Events will be held at the Agawa Bay Campground Visitor Center and beach.
Quetico Provincial Park — Astronomy Weekend
August 9-11, 2019
Presentations from the Thunder Bay Chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will take place over the weekend, along with telescope observations of the planets and the Perseid meteor shower, and a solar telescope observation in the afternoon .
Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park: Night Sky Program
July 20 or August 9, 2019 — 6:30 pm
Join the Discovery Rangers at the Visitor Center for an exciting Night Sky program.
The Night Sky program is a Discovery drop-in event where guests stop by and interact with our Discovery Rangers who encourage a self-directed learning adventure. Visitors can make star maps, play the night sky matching game, and learn some fun facts.
Port Burwell Provincial Park: Astronomer in the Park
July 5 and 6 and August 9 and 10, 2019
Astronomer Francois Van Heerden returns to the park to present a presentation that will analyze the plans of NASA and other organizations such as the European Space Agency (ESA) as they prepare the jump to Mars and beyond. It will provide information on the complexities and technologies (in development and already available) in launch vehicles, habitats and medical science to support our efforts to create a space station around the Moon as a launching point for Mars.
Emily Provincial Park: Stargazing with the PAA
August 23, 2019
Join us for stargazing with the Peterborough Astronomical Association as they set up various telescopes to help us explore the stars. Bring your curiosity about the night sky and your questions!
Driving? Park at Park Store and follow signs to Picnic Shelter #1. If it is too cloudy or rainy, the event will be postponed until Saturday.
Halfway Lake Provincial Park – Star Party; the middle of the night
August 22-25, 2019
Amateur astronomers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s Sudbury Center and the North Bay Astronomy Club will be at Halfway Lake August 22-25.
They will have telescopes to observe the sky every night and observe the sun during the day (weather permitting). Evening events will begin at dusk at the pier.
For information, please speak to park staff once you arrive or contact us before you come.
Do you love the night sky?
Read about constellations, planets and more in the June issue of “Eyes on the Skies,” our monthly astronomy series!