Jasper Dark Sky Festival

Celebrating Jasper's distinction as the largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve in the world!


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Location: Jasper, Alberta

October is Dark Sky month in Jasper! Home to the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky preserve, Jasper by day offers a universe of outdoor fun in a wilderness playground.

At night, Jasper is a stunning wilderness of stars. Jasper is home to the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve. Take it all in during the Jasper Dark Sky Festival. 

They're not just looking at stars, but teaching the science of astronomy, and having fun with daytime activities like the bottle rocket launch.

Jasper Dark Sky events

With everything from self-guided experiences to helicopter tours, formal dinners and cocktail soirees and of course, the signature Symphony Under the Stars, the Jasper Dark Sky Festival offers up daily—and NIGHTLY—star-themed entertainment of all kinds.

Weekend 1, Oct 13 - 15

Symphony Under the Stars - listen to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, live, underneath the night sky

Jasper SkyTram Dark Sky Sessions - explore the wonders of the night sky from the mountain top

Science for Brunch with Marlos Machado - learn from astronomer

Indigenous Fireside Chat - Indigenous song, storytelling and conversation, led by a Knowledge Keeper

Intro to Astro Photography - learn about night photography from the pros

and more...


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Weekend 2, Oct 20 - 22

Jay Ingram and the Dark Sky Band Show - details

Drone light spectacle - details

ᐸᐦᑭᓯᒧᐣ pahkisimon - the Cree word for sunset, ᐸᐦᑭᓯᒧᐣ pahkisimon is an Indigenous storytelling experience with Teneil Whiskeyjack

Plus many carryover events from weekend 1, and more...


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Weekly/daily experiences
  • planetarium & telescope tours with The Jasper Planetarium
  • "Animals of the Night" hikes
  • geocaching/treasure hunt

The most up-to-date festival information can be found on the Jasper Dark Sky website.

Know before you go

Jasper was designated a dark sky preserve in March 2011 thanks to the optimal conditions and minimal light pollution in the area. 

To respect the dark sky experience, keep the lights low: if you're bringing a headlamp for night time activities, grab one with a red light setting (red light is not as strong or disruptive to the eyes.)

Nights can be cool in October, especially when you're exploring space; be sure to bring layers!