The mountains, the trees, and the ocean — theres a reason why its called Beautiful British Columbia. Our landscape has created a natural amphitheatre to view what the universe has to offer, like the stars and the milky way.
We often forget the beauty of actually looking up in to the sky and stargazing due to all of the light pollution that comes with living in a city as vibrant as Vancouver.
Before you go out stargazing with your boo (or pal), make sure you check out the weather because if there’s cloud cover…you may just be a starry-eyed couple looking at a big grey blob. But, when the clouds are out of the way — not only is it super romantic but it’s a pretty cool way to just relax and reflect with you significant other, friend, sister, or dog.
Here are a few spots that are worth driving out of the city to stargaze this Summer:
Burnaby Mountain // Burnaby, BC
Burnaby mountain is a nice little spot if you don’t want to go too far out of the city. It’s on a mountain, so you’re elevated and closer to the stars ~ how cute. For reference, this is where SFU is located.
Boundary Bay Regional Park // Delta, BC
Boundary Bay is surrounded by farmland, so there is very little light pollution. It’s not that far of a drive out of the city and it’s also a prime spot to hang at Centennial beach beforehand. You may want to park outside of the gates because they do close when it gets dark.
McDonald Dark Sky Park // Abbotsford, BC
This park is used by the Fraser Valley Astronomers Society and it’s one of the only parks in BC that has absolutely no light pollution. McDonald Park is surrounded by mountains on the riverbank; the most optimal surrounding for your viewing pleasure. Be wary of the gates closure though, cause you don’t wanna get locked in!
Whytecliff Park // West Vancouver, BC
Located in Horseshoe Bay — Whytecliff park is a quiet spot with killer views of Bowen Island and the city. Grab a bite to eat at Trolls before you post up at the park to watch an unreal sunset and see the stars come out.
Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park // Squamish, BC
Located near the Squamish River and the Cheakamus River — not only is the spot known for Eagle watching, it’s also sweet spot to stargaze.
There are also some other really cool spots in the Squamish area to check out such as Quest University and Paradise Valley.
If you’re on the island or looking to venture out to the island, here are a couple spots you may wanna check out:
East Sooke Park // Victoria, BC
The island has less light pollution than Vancouver which makes it a prime spot for stargazing. Also, if you’re out there early, you can do a day-hike on one of the many hiking trails East Sooke Park has to offer.
Mackenzie Beach // Tofino, BC
About a 4 hour drive out of the city of Victoria; Tofino is one of the most beautiful places to stargaze. Fill up a growler from the Tofino Brewing Company, warm up by a fire on Mackenzie beach, and look up at the sky. Unbeatable.
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