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Jasper National Park is the World's Second Largest Dark Sky Preserve.

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October 12 - 21, 2018

Jasper's Annual Dark Sky Preserve Festival is an invitation to visit Jasper National Park during an ideal time of year to observe one of the world's largest dark sky preserves.

Featured 2018 Dark Sky Festival Events

Jasper Skytram Star Session October 12th, 2018 5:45 pm - 10:00 pm $99.00 - $129.00
Meet at the Skytram Lower Station. Your skytram flight will take you nearly 1 km closer to the stars above, to the Skytram Upper Station, where you'll have the chance to look through the most powerful telescopes in the Canadian Rockies, under the darkest skies in the Rockies. Join a guided tour of the Solar System, learning about planets, galaxies, and constellations, and if you're lucky, you might even see a meteor or the Northern Lights!* Includes return Skytram Flight, 3 Course Meal & Star Gazing Experience. Depart Skytram lower station at 7pm.
** Return flights run between 9:30pm - 10:30pm. We recommend dressing warmly.
Meal packages is available starting at $129/adult. Flight time is 6:15pm.

Aurora-gazing / Stargazing at Maligne Canyon October 12th, 14th, 21st, 2018 9:00 pm - 11:59 pm $89.00
Join space author Peter McMahon and astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an out-of-this-world Rocky Mountain evening experience including the world-exclusive dome theatre experience with a LIVE astronomy expert. Travel to a specially-selected site in the world's largest accessible dark sky preserve and view with the most powerful telescopes in the Rockies. Get tips on how to use your DSLR camera to photograph auroras and the Milky Way. Transportation included. Duration: up to 3 hours, return shuttles available throughout the night NOTE: The Telescope Experience is a learning opportunity with many outdoor activities that are not weather-dependent and weather-permitting views of the sky. While we DO NOT need the sky to be completely clear to use our telescopes, we CAN NOT guarantee clear skies. We DO NOT provide refunds if skies are too cloudy to observe with our telescopes, but can offer a rain check to re-book for another date if-desired. Minimum age: 4

Dark Sky Photography Workshop with Jeff Bartlett, Jack Fusco & Ivan Olafsson October 13 to October 20th, 2018. $3900
Join photographers Jeff Bartlett, Jack Fusco and Ivan Olafsson for an incredible week-long dark sky photography workshop and the Jasper Dark Sky Festival.
The Canadian Rockies Dark Sky Photography Workshop is designed to maximize one-on-one learning, so we are including only ten participants along with three instructors. The excellent 10:3 ratio allow us plenty of flexibility, so we can tailor learning objectives and instructions to each photographer's unique needs.
During the workshop, participants will learn from daily photography tutorials, challenge themselves with mini assignments and learn valuable post-processing techniques to complete the photographers workflow.

Jasper Planetarium Experience ONLY October 13 -21st, 2018. Various Times on Different Days(Please confirm with the Jasper Planetarium) - $29.00
In addition to being the world's largest accessible dark sky preserve, Jasper is also one of the smallest towns in North America with its own planetarium. Welcome to our virtual guided tour in our inflated domed theatre LIVE with our astronomy guides. Orbit the Earth, looking down on night time storms and the auroras. Explore local constellations, the Northern Lights, the Milky Way, and right to the edge of the universe from Jasper Dark Sky Preserve. Includes time for a Q&A with staff. (This program does not include the Telescopes Experience)
Duration: 40 mins (max 50 people)
Minimum age: 4
$29.00 adult / $9.00 child (4-15 yrs)

Solar-gazing and Planetarium October 13 to 21st, 2018. (Please confirm times with the Jasper Planetarium) $39.00
Join space author and astronomy magazine columnist Peter McMahon and the Jasper Planetarium's experienced astronomy guides for a hands-on tour of planets, moons, stars, galaxies, and more. Look through the largest telescope in the Rockies from one of the most beautiful destinations in Jasper Dark Sky Preserve and even get the chance to see live, full-colour video of distant objects in deep space then, look at safety-filtered views of solar flares and other details on the Sun with one of our knowledgeable astronomy experts.
Adult: $39.00
Youth: $19.00

Moon Viewing with Parks Canada October 17th, 18th, 2018. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Free
414 Patricia Street. Sidewalk astronomy in Jasper National Park! A Park Interpreter will have an assortment of telescopes and binoculars set up for moon viewing. Drop by for five minutes or stay for an hour.

Keynote Speakers: The Kelly Brothers October 19th, 2018 7pm - 9pm
305 Bonhomme St . From NASA's Twin Study and Scott's Year in Space, to flying in combat and personal reflections on dealing with tragedy, to entertaining stories only a sibling could (or would) reveal, the Kelly brothers' perspective and lessons leaves audiences doubly inspired and motivated.

SPACE TALKS October 20 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm $60
305 Bonhomme St. Join an illustrious panel of astronomers and academics from diverse backgrounds for an afternoon of fascinating discussion and interactive participation. This dynamic experience has been an audience favourite at past dark sky festivals and with an all-star line-up this year's event promises to be even better.
The Panel:
Emily Calandrelli
Leland Melvin
Scott Ransom
Seth Shostak
Nadia Drake

Symphony Under the Stars October 13 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm $119
Old Lodge Rd. (1 780-852-3301)Gather under one of the world's largest Dark Sky Preserves for Jasper's Symphony Under the Stars. Witness the magic of the outdoor Edmonton Symphony Strings, spend two nights in luxurious Fairmont accommodations and dine on delectable cuisine prepared by our talented chefs.

The Edmonton Symphony Strings and conductor Bob Bernhardt perform a ravishing variety of classical and popular selections - an enchanting international musical menu including Mozart, Dvorak and Sarasate in addition to Cole Porter and John Williams. Familiar melodies and delightful dances from Italy, Spain, Wales, Denmark and South America will conjure an unforgettable evening of starlit musical magic.

Individual tickets are now available for purchase for the Evening of Jazz (Friday, October 12th), Saturday Night Dinner and the Edmonton Symphony Strings Concert.

Please note that the Friday Night Jazz Event will be taking place indoors and the Saturday Night Concert will be taking place on the Beauvert Plateau. Please dress accordingly.

VIP Stargazing Reception October 19th, 2018 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm $199
1 Old Lodge Road. (780 852-6091)Join many of the speakers from this year's Dark Sky Festival for an exclusive evening of stargazing through telescopes and mingling over delicious cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Fairmont's ORSO Restaurant. Astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly will make personal appearances later in the evening. Note: The VIP Reception does not include admission to the Keynote event.
There will appearances from these speakers at the reception:
The Kelly Brothers
Emily Calandrelli
Dianna Cowern
Matt Russo
Scott Ransom
Nadia Drake

What is a Dark Sky Preserve? Jasper was designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomy Society in Canada, due to its limited light pollution. The Jasper Dark Sky Festival began with the goal of celebrating and preserving this status that also creates ideal conditions for dark sky viewing. At 11,000 square kilometres, Jasper National Park has a limitless amount of observation sites.

Jasper's Dark Sky Festival is held in the townsite of Jasper, Canada. Events are also held at various locations throughout Jasper National Park.

Great Dark Sky Observation Sites Favourite viewing sites in the Park:
1. Marmot Meadows
2. Pyramid Island
3. Athabasca Glacier
4. Jasper House

Favourite Dark Sky viewing sites from farther away:
1. Maligne Lake
2. Old Fort Point
3. Big Bend

Group Dark Sky observation sites(may be only open to groups/events):
1. Annette Lake
2. Palisades
3. Jasper Airfield
4. Snaring Overflow campground

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