Killarney starscape

The Killarney Provincial Park Dark Sky Preserve

As part of our 125th anniversary celebrations, we are pleased to announce that Killarney Provincial Park is our first provincial park to be designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada!

Dark Sky Preserve badge

We are committed to the protection and preservation of our province’s biodiversity. The night skies in their natural splendour are an important part of that protection.

Celebrate Killarney’s historic designation with us at “Stars over Killarney!”

Killarney Provincial Park and Science North are thrilled to present Stars over Killarney on September 22, 2018. Enjoy awe-inspiring views of the stars, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Guided hike to overlook of LaCloche Mountains (departing from George Lake park entrance) or Comet-Making at the George Lake Amphitheatre
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Dark-Sky Preserves Presentation with Vicki Sherwood, Park Astronomer in Residence
  • 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Night hike of a scale model of the solar system out to the Killarney Provincial Park Observatory with Bruce Waters, Founder of the Observatory
  • 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Observing with guest speakers and the Sudbury and North Bay astronomy clubs, includes use of binoculars, telescopes, and the research-calibre Observatory

The bus tour (SOLD OUT)

A maximum of 36 guests can attend the bus tour, so please purchase your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Ticket prices range from $30-35.

Guests have the option of purchasing a fish and chips dinner add-on from Killarney’s famous chip stand Herbert Fisheries.

The star party

Everyone is welcome to attend the events happening at the park.

Killarney observatory

All visitors that are not a part of the bus tour must purchase and display a valid park permit.

Mark your calendar

Dark Sky Preserve badgeJoin us on September 22 to explore astronomy during Science Literacy Week. We will celebrate 150 years of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, 125 years of Ontario Parks, and the establishment of Ontario Parks’ first Dark Sky Preserve.

Hosted by Science North and Ontario Parks in partnership with the Sudbury and North Bay Astronomy Clubs, and sponsored by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Can’t make it to our big celebration event?

Come up and visit Ontario Parks’ first Dark-Sky Preserve on your own.

Killarney observatory

Take in one of our interpreter-led astronomy programs or sign out a research grade observatory for yourself, free of charge. All are available to you under the magnificent skies at Killarney Provincial Park.

Do the skies really need our protection?

In short: yes.

Lake Superior Rabbit Blanket Lake starscape
Photo: Paula Trus

Learn more about why protecting our dark sky sanctuaries is so important here.