Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

Did you know that 2019 is the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages?

To celebrate, Killarney Provincial Park and our partners Wiikwemkoong at Point Grondine Park, along with our colleagues at Science North, are delighted to present Stars over Killarney 2019 – a weekend of Indigenous astronomy and cultural learning!

Learn about our indigenous connection to the land and the night sky. See spectacular views of the Milky Way at our Dark Sky Reserve and be amazed by incredible views of Jupiter and Saturn through our research telescope!

interpretive signs about astronomy

The event will also feature a raffle and a warming tent where the Friends of Killarney Park will sell hot drinks and astronomy-related materials.

Visitors who camp in the park or purchase a day pass will be able to enjoy the event at no additional cost. Campers and day visitors with a Killarney Provincial Park permit valid for September 28 or 29 will receive a 50% discount on admission to Science North for the weekend.

The agenda in the park is as follows:


Killarney Provincial Park

Friday, September 27

21:00 Informal astronomy from the Killarney Provincial Park observatory complex

Saturday, Saturday 28

10:00 am Welcome and recognition of the land with traditional singing/dance.
13:00 Guided hike with views of the La Cloche Mountains led by an indigenous guide.

Planetarium Show/Polaris Boulevard Tour*

3:00 pm Planetarium Show/Polaris Boulevard Tour*
4:45 p.m. Visit to the observatory complex.
5:00 pm Official revelation of the names of the observatories.
7:30 pm Raffle and twilight talk about the story of creation and Ojibwe constellations.
21:10 Experience the wonder of the stars from Killarney Provincial Park’s Dark Sky Reserve while learning indigenous constellations and all about the night sky.
11.00 pm The formal session concludes
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*for those Science North visitorsPeople in the countryside at night with telescopes.

Northern Science Bus Tour

The bus tour from Science North includes:

  • Northern Sciences Admission
  • Transportation from Science North to Killarney Provincial Park and back
  • Tour of Polaris Boulevard with solar observation.
  • Planetarium show, Under the same stars: Minwaadiziwin

The bus tour ticket price is $60. If it rains, Science North programming and bus will run the following Saturday, October 5. Ticket holders will have free access to park programming on Saturday, September 28, rain or shine. No refunds will be available.

Please note that a maximum of 54 guests can attend the bus tour. Make sure you buy your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. The bus leaves Science North at 3:00 pm and arrives in Killarney at 4:00 pm The bus returns to Sudbury at 11:00 pm.

The bus will also visit Killarney’s world famous Herbert’s Fisheries so guests can purchase dinner if they wish.

Click here to purchase tickets for the bus tour.

*Those interested can purchase educational aids from Friends of Killarney Park during the event.

Join us!


Come enjoy this incredible day and learn about indigenous heritage amidst the beauty of Killarney Provincial Park!