Summer star parties 2019

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 2019 summer stargazing events: 

Most programs and events below are weather dependent and may be moved or cancelled due to rain or cloud cover.

Grundy Lake Provincial Park — Star Party; New Moon in June

June 27 – July 1, 2019

Explore Grundy Lake’s night sky! Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada- Sudbury Center and the North Bay Astronomy Club for telescope night sky tours, daytime solar viewing and evening presentations.

Event will take place at the Amphitheatre.

Killarney Provincial Park  — Astronomer-in-Residence, Stars over Killarney

Tuesdays, July 2 – August 27, 2019

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!

René Brunelle Provincial Park — Night Sky Discovery Drop-In

August 23, 2019 — 8:00 pm

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 9-11, 2019

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.

All activities are weather permitting.

Lake Superior Provincial Park — Dark Sky Weekend

August 1-5, 2019

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 9-11, 2019

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.

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park — Night Sky Program

July 20 or August 9, 2019 — 6:30 pm

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

July 5-6 and August 9-10, 2019

Starry sky

Astronomer Francois Van Heerden is returning to the park to host a presentation that will look at the plans of NASA and other organizations such as the European Space Agency (ESA) as they prepare the leap to Mars and beyond. It will provide insight into 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 staring 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 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 22-25, 2019

The amateur astronomers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Sudbury Centre and the North Bay Astronomy Club will be at Halfway Lake from Aug 22-25.

They will have telescopes out for sky gazing every night and solar viewing during the day (weather permitting). Evening events will begin at dusk at the boat launch.

For information please speak to the park staff once you arrive or contact us before you come.

Love the night sky?

Read up on constellations, planets and more in the June edition of “Eyes on the Skies,” our monthly astronomy series!