At 11,000 square kilometres, Jasper National Park is one of the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Preserves. In 2011 Jasper earned its Dark Sky Preserve designation from the Royal Astronomy Society in Canada thanks to its limited light pollution, which creates ideal conditions for dark sky viewing. The Jasper Dark Sky Festival began with the goal of protecting and promoting the nocturnal environment and clarity of the dark sky. This incredible event (ideally timed in October to balance temperatures with visibility) allows Jasper partners to support and encourage public understanding of this natural wonder by creating activities and events to commemorate this natural phenomenon. Jasper’s Dark Sky invites stargazing adventurers to get lost in fascination beneath the sparkling mysteries above the mountain peaks.

For over a decade, Jasper has welcomed thousands upon thousands of awe-inspired visitors. Big audacious dreams are what set this festival apart. They’re part of why Afar Magazine highlighted Jasper as one of its 9 Best Stargazing Destinations in the World. But they don’t just happen without a lot of hard work and a lot of help, which is why we’re so grateful for the support of our presenters who help bring this event to new heights every year.

Topic Areas

Do you have an interesting topic you’d like to share with our festival audience? We’d love to hear from you! We’re currently accepting submissions for the following topics:

  • Earth Science and Astronomy
  • Dark Sky Ecology
  • Space Tech and Exploration
  • Search for Life
  • Art and Culture
  • Science Fiction

Session Type: 90-minute Lecture Session (60-minute presentation, 30 min Q&A and group discussion)  

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