Jeanine Holowatuik is an aurora-chaser, astrophotographer and speaker at the 2022 Jasper Dark Sky Festival! After participating in the festival last year, she is now sharing her thoughts on why the JDSF is a must-do for any star-lover. Get tickets for her event (Capturing the Wonders of Night: Chasing the Northern Lights in the Canadian Prairies) or access it via the Aurora Package, here (ensure you have 2 nights selected).
Imagine sitting under a blanket of stars, after learning about the night sky all day, looking up to the aurora dancing, while being surrounded by an epic Canadian landscape; that’s the Jasper Dark Sky Festival.
The night sky is something truly special. It connects us all through observation, science and curiosity. For astro lovers of all kinds, the Jasper Dark Sky Festival is THE astro event of the year in Canada you won’t want to miss!
For nearly two weeks every October, Jasper Alberta comes alive with all kinds of cosmic themed events to enjoy.
The Jasper Dark Sky Festival is Canada’s astro event of the year because it brings together the beauty and science of the night sky at one of the worlds largest dark sky preserves, surrounded by some of the most iconic Canadian scenery.
JASPER’S IMPRESSIVE DARK SKIES
Jasper Dark Sky Preserve encompasses the entire Jasper National Park. It is the second largest dark sky preserve in the world and the largest accessible dark sky preserve, meaning there’s a town within the limits of the protected area. This small town is Jasper, Alberta and the host of the dark sky festival.
Nothing tops an iconic Canadian experience more than watching the northern lights dance. Watching the sky light up over the mountain landscape is magical. Another reason why the Jasper Dark Sky Festival is Canada’s Astro event of the year.
Jasper is located far enough north and close enough to the aurora oval to experience some breathtaking shows! This makes the dark sky festival a great time to take a chance to see the northern lights in the Canadian Rockies.