Humanity’s fascination with the celestial bodies dates back millennia.
And times haven’t changed.
Star parties and night sky events are held in our parks every summer, especially in northern Ontario, where there’s less light pollution.
Our 2018 summer stargazing events:
Most programs and events below are weather dependent and may be moved or cancelled due to rain or cloud cover.
Killarney Provincial Park — Astronomer-in-Residence, Stars over Killarney
Tuesdays, July 3 – August 28
Every Tuesday throughout the summer, you can join an astronomer-in-residence at the park observatory for a chance to get a close-up view of Jupiter, Saturn, and some of the most obscure 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!
We’re throwing a special event called Stars over Killarney to celebrate Killarney becoming Ontario Parks’ first-ever official Dark Sky Preserve!
Join us to view the stars through our brand new high-powered telescope and learn about the night sky with astronomers-in-residence.
Book a campsite (they fill up fast!) and bring the family to what is sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience.
René Brunelle Provincial Park — Night Sky Discovery Drop-In
August 3, 2018 — 6:00 p.m.
Don’t forget to look up when the sun goes down! Stop by the Night Sky Discovery Drop-In at the comfort station. Bring your flashlight and get set to explore, observe, and discover the mysterious night sky.
For more information, go to the Visitor Centre when you arrive at the park or contact us before you come.
Restoule Provincial Park — Astronomy Weekend
August 3-5, 2018
Presented by members from the North Bay Astronomy Club, there will be laser-guided sky tours at the main beach Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, with guest speakers on Friday and Saturday night.
There will also be solar observing on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on the main beach.
All activities are weather permitting.
Lake Superior Provincial Park — Dark Sky Weekend
August 3-5, 2018
Quetico Provincial Park — Astronomy Weekend
August 11-13, 2018
Presentations from the Thunder Bay Chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will take place over the weekend, along with telescope viewings of the planets and Perseid Meteor Shower, and a solar telescope viewing during the afternoon.
Find the full schedule here.
Kettle Lakes Provincial Park — Starry Night Event
August 17, 2018 — 8:00 p.m.
Join us for our Starry Night event at the amphitheater for an evening among the stars! Come explore the mysteries of the night sky, discover new constellations, and share their stories.
Bring a chair and roast marshmallows for a complete campfire experience with the family!
Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park — Night Sky Program
August 18, 2018 — 7:00 p.m.
Join the Discovery Rangers at the Visitor Centre for an exciting Night Sky Program.
The Night Sky program is a Discovery drop-in event where visitors stop by and interact with our Discovery rangers who encourage a self-led learning adventure. Visitors can make star charts, play the night sky matching game, and learn some fun facts.
Port Burwell Provincial Park — Astronomer in the park
August 17-19, 2018
Astronomer Francois Van Heerden is returning to the park to host a sky observing session on Friday at 9:00 pm. On Saturday, Francois will treat park visitors to a presentation in the amphitheater at 8:15 pm, followed by a sky tour of the moon, visible planets and deep sky objects (weather permitting).
Emily Provincial Park — Stargazing with the PAA
August 24, 2018 — 9:00 p.m.
Driving? Park at the Park Store and follow the signs to Picnic Shelter #1. If it’s too cloudy or raining, the event will be pushed to Saturday.
Halfway Lake Provincial Park — Star Party; Half the Night
August 23-26, 2018
Come to the Visitor Centre upon arrival for details about our Half the Night Star Party!
Love the night sky?
Read up on constellations, planets and more in the August edition of “Eyes on the Skies,” our monthly astronomy series!