Alberta is home to some of the world's best dark sky gazing. Just thirty minutes from Edmonton, Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve at Elk Island National Park offers the perfect venue to catch the Northern Lights, see countless constellations and explore the Milky Way.
For those Stargazers looking to explore further than the naked eye can see, Edmonton has two observatories for you to take it all in.
Friday-Sunday | Hours vary based on seasonal sunsets
11211 142 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta | 780-451-3344
The Observatory at the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton (TWOSE) is the perfect place to explore the night sky – within city limits. Located in Coronation Park, just southeast of TWOSE, access to the Observatory is convenient and admission is free. Guests can view the sun, moon, stars and planets through high quality telescopes and can even explore the galaxy with the assistance of volunteers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Edmonton Centre.
Thursdays | Hours vary based on seasonal sunsets
University of Alberta North Campus, 5th Floor, West Atrium
The University of Alberta Observatory offers free outreach activities to the public through regular free observing hours, as well as special visits for schools and other educational groups. A visit to the observatory will give you the chance to meet and chat with real astronomers, who are currently undertaking research on astronomy. You will also be able to look through telescopes to get great views of the Sun (during solar observing), or get a chance to explore the universe seeing different types of deep space objects during evening observations. The Observatory also houses a meteorite collection including samples from Whitecourt (Alberta) and Buzzard Coulee (Saskatchewan).