Lit up tent and stars

Summer star parties 2018

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 

Killarney observatory

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!

September 22

Dark Sky Preserve badge

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.

stars over Frontenac

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

starry night at Lake Superior
Photo: Paula Trus

In partnership with Algoma Astronomers, Lake Superior will host numerous dark sky events over the weekend. Events will take place at the Visitor Centre and beach at Agawa Bay Campground.

Quetico Provincial Park — Astronomy Weekend

August 11-13, 2018

night sky at Quetico

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.

Stars

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

Starry sky

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.

Join us for stargazing with the Peterborough Astronomical Association as they set up several telescopes to help us explore the stars. Bring along your night sky curiosity, and your questions!

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!