CA
  • AU
  • CA
  • CN
  • DE
  • JP
  • KR
  • NL
  • UK
  • US
  • MX

Northern Lights & Dark Skies Nature & Wildlife

Technically, the northern lights are what happens when electrical particles from the sun collide with gases in Earth’s atmosphere. But you don't need to know the why to appreciate the beauty. The astronomical greens, reds, purples and yellows of the aurora borealis are hypnotizing. • Only here: Alberta is home to some of the world’s largest dark sky preserves, including Wood Buffalo and Jasper national parks. That means there’s no artificial light around to obscure the extraterrestrial view. • Good to know: Your best shot to see the aurora borealis is September through mid-May. Visit for the Jasper Dark Sky festival in mid-October and, in addition to the view of the stars, you’ll get hands-on science and astronomy events. 

Dinosaur Provincial Park | Andy Best

Fort McMurray

Attractions

See All

Jasper Dark Sky Preserve

Jasper, Alberta

Due to it's vast size and location, the 11,000 sq km (4,247 mi) Jasper National Park is considered to be the world's largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve. It's also one of best places to stargaze in the Canadian Rockies. Every October the park holds a Dark Sky Festival that includes both free and ticketed events and workshops. You can learn about the constellations, listen to aboriginal songs and stories and even pick up some tips for photographing the spectacular starlit sky.

Wish List Read More

Cypress Hills Provincial Park Dark Sky Preserve

Elkwater, Alberta

Due to its high elevation and lack of urban light pollution, Cypress Hills was the first designated Dark Sky Preserve in Alberta. Every August the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada holds a Summer Star Party that's considered to be one of the largest stargazing events in the country. The park also offers a variety of camping options, so cozy up by the campfire and gaze in wonder at the starlit sky. If the conditions are right, you may even see the Northern Lights.

Wish List Read More

Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

This 300 sq km (116 sq mi) dark sky preserve, just east of Edmonton, encompasses Elk Island National Park and neighbouring Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area. By reducing artificial light, the preserve increases the visibility of the night sky. Whether you stargaze around the campfire or attend the preserve's annual Star Party in September, you'll find that the night sky shines brighter in Beaver Hills.

Wish List Read More

Travel Offers

See All

Save 14%

Jasper Planetarium and Stargazing

Explore stars, planets, galaxies and more in the world’s largest accessible astronomy park. Daily Planetarium and telescope stargazing programs provide an incredible opportunity to observe the wonders above Jasper National Park, rain or shine. Allow a minimum of 90 minutes.

Expires: 2018-04-15
Save 14%
Wish List View Offer

3-Day Northern Lights Excursion

Discover and photograph the dancing lights of Aurora Borealis on a 3-day tour that includes accommodation. An onsite professional photographer will help you learn to photograph the night sky. From $668 per person based on double occupancy.

Expires: 2018-02-08
Wish List View Offer

3-Day Northern Lights Excursion

The aurora borealis is a breathtaking wonder with universal appeal. Northern Lights Outdoor Excursions provides visitors with the ideal way to make this the experience of a lifetime! This 3 day/2 night package includes two viewings of the aurora borealis in Fort McMurray.

Expires: 2018-02-15
Wish List View Offer

Tours

See All

Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Touring Company Ltd

Edmonton, Alberta

Have you ever wanted to ride an adventure motorcycle through the beautiful Canadian Rockies and not take the tourist highways? Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Touring Company specializes in guiding riders along the interesting and adventurous paths less travelled, in a unique, all-inclusive package.

Wish List Read More

Lens on Nature

Fort McMurray, Alberta

Lens on Nature’s mission is to enable our guests the opportunity to immerse themselves and experience the remote beauty, history and culture of Fort Chipewyan, one of Alberta’s most isolated and northern communities. We offer carefully created, professionally guided three day adventures which include travelling a 280 km (174 mi) road made entirely of snow and ice to Fort Chipewyan, dog sledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing, historical tours and a chance of seeing aurora borealis. With each trip, guests receive a collection of inspiring images in a professionally designed hard cover book that captures the sense of authenticity of their adventure.

Wish List Read More

SunDog Tour Co.

Jasper, Alberta
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

Reviews

Providing memorable sightseeing, activity and transportation services. From daily sightseeing excursions, to group tours, to airport shuttles, to coach touring and conference services, our staff of vacation planners specialize in making your time in the mountains unforgettable.

Wish List Read More

Events

See All

Snowshoe & Stargaze

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2017-12-09 To 2017-12-09 MST | Show All Dates

Trek over snow and gaze into a star-filled sky. Following a short guided hike on snowshoes you'll enjoy snacks around a fire and learn about the night sky above. Register in advance and meet at the Astotin Lake Beach Parking Lot. Cost per person: $29.80.

Wish List Read More