Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve
11th Annual Star Party

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Sat, Sep 3, 2016 – Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 – Elk Island National Park
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve’s 11th annual Star Party will be bigger and better than ever before. Taking place over two days at two different locations the Star Party will feature volunteer astronomers from RASC Edmonton Centre to help show you the stars with both solar and night sky viewing. Guest speakers, presenters, displays and activities will keep the whole family entertained at this 2 day celebration.

Click on the posters below for the event schedules.

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Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 10th Annual Star Party

Milky Way Days

2015 BHDSP Milky Way Days Poster

Event Poster

Sat, Sep 5, 2015 – Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 – Elk Island National Park
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

On the weekend of Saturday, September 5th, and Sunday, September 6th, Miquelon Lake Provincial Park and Elk Island National Park in partnership with the RASC Edmonton Centre will host the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve’s 10th annual event, celebrating the wonders of the night sky.
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Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 9th Annual Star Party

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Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve
9th Annual Star Party

The Brighter Side of Night

Astotin Lake, Elk Island National Park

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014

On Sunday, August 31, Elk Island Park hosted the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 9th annual event, celebrating the wonders of the night sky. The event featured special astronomy presentations, public solar observing, and public stargazing with Royal Astronomical Society of Canada volunteers.

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Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 8th Annual Star Party

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Panorama courtesy Warren Finlay

Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve
8th Annual Star Party

Sharing Our Story and the Starry Sky

Astotin Lake, Elk Island National Park

Sunday, Sep 1, 2013

On Sunday, September 1, Elk Island Park hosted the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 8th annual event featuring special astronomy presentations, public solar observing, and public stargazing with Royal Astronomical Society of Canada volunteers.

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Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 6th Annual Star Party

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6th Annual Star Party

A Party under the Stars

Astotin Lake, Elk Island National Park

Sunday, Sep 4, 2011

Thank you for supporting your local national park by purchasing an entry pass at the park gates and campground kiosk. The event is free for all visitors with a valid park pass.

On the Labour Day weekend join us for our annual celebration of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve (BHDSP) hosted by:

  • Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Edmonton Centre
  • Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Parks Canada Agency – Elk Island National Park
  • Strathcona Wilderness Centre
  • Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
  • Sherwood Park Fish and Game Ketchamoot Creek Recreation and Conservation Area

Sunday, September 4th marks the fifth anniversary of the creation of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve.

Outdoor activities include public stargazing with astronomers using a variety of telescopes, and children’s activities.

Indoor activities include a photography workshop, astronomical presentations, interpretative programs and red light flashlight assembly. Please join us as we welcome our new partner, Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, into the BHDSP.

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Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 5th Annual Star Party

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5th Annual Star Party

Wilderness Astronomy

Astotin Lake, Elk Island National Park

Sunday, Sep 5, 2010

Thank you for supporting your local national park by purchasing an entry pass at the park gates and campground kiosk. The event is free for all visitors with a valid park pass.

On the Labour Day weekend join us for our annual celebration of Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve (BHDSP) hosted by

  • Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Edmonton Centre
  • Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation and Culture
  • Parks Canada Agency
  • Strathcona Wilderness Centre
  • Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Sunday, September 5th marked the fourth anniversary of the creation of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve. The BHDSP  welcomed our new partner, Sherwood Fish and Game: Ketchamoot Creek Recreation and Conservation Area, into the BHSDP.

Outdoor activities included public stargazing with astronomers using a variety of telescopes, children’s activities, an unveiling ceremony, and guided hikes. Indoor activities included astronomical presentations and making red light flashlights.

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