There’s no denying that RVing and stargazing go hand in hand! Parks Canada has ten parks designated as Dark Sky Preserves across the country, providing the perfect places to view brilliant celestial bodies, far from light pollution.
Stargazing in Newfoundland and Labrador
Designated as a Dark Sky Preserve in March 2018 by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Terra Nova National Park is located on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. By day you can enjoy the park’s many hiking trails and paddling routes, and at night, take in the stunning night sky. The park offers two campgrounds that accommodate RVs: Malady Head and Newman Sound.
Stargazing in Nova Scotia
In Nova Scotia, head to Kejimkujik National Park for prime star viewing. The park provides an on-site telescope and binoculars, and twice a year holds activity-packed Dark Sky Weekends. Reserve a site at Jeremy’s Bay Campground, which offers sites with electricity.
Stargazing in New Brunswick
Kouchibouguac National Park and Fundy National Park provide spectacular stargazing settings in New Brunswick. Along the river in Kouchibouguac National Park, the South Kouchibouguac campground gives you access to 25 km of sandy beaches, and is the perfect spot to spend the day while you wait for the stars to come out.
Stargazing in Ontario
Known for its famous Grotto, you’ll also be dazzled by the night sky at Bruce Peninsula National Park. You can enjoy the stars year-round while camping at there, with winter camping at the Tamarack area of Cyprus Lake Campground available on a first come, first serve basis.
Stargazing in Saskatchewan
Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan is the darkest Dark Sky Preserve in Canada. Find a spot at Rock Creek or Frenchman Valley Campground, and enjoy the expansive night sky stretching over the prairies. Fort Walsh National Historic Site is also a great spot for stargazing in the province.
Stargazing in Alberta
Alberta has four Dark Sky Preserves to choose from, including Wood Buffalo National Park, which is the largest in the world. You might even be treated to a spectacular display of the Northern Lights as you camp at Pine Lake Campground. You’ll also enjoy the stargazing opportunities at Elk Island National Park, Jasper National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park.