13 Spots In Canada With Dark Skies That Are Perfect For Watching The Perseid Meteor Shower
It's almost time for one of the best celestial events of the year. Are you wondering where to see Perseid meteor shower in Canada? There are so many places across the country to go to with dark skies that are perfect for spotting shooting stars.
With the peak of theapproaching in the late evening and early dawn on August 11 and August 12, getting away from light pollution is the key to seeing the spectacle with ease.
The Canadian Space Agency has a list of 13 places across the country that are ideal for anyone who's astronomy obsessed even if you're just a beginner stargazer.
There's some in every province and territory.
Garibaldi Provincial Park near Whistler, B.C. has low light pollution and high altitude which makes it a great location to set up camp and take in a meteor shower.
As one of the world's biggest dark sky preserves, Jasper National Park in Alberta is an ideal place to stargaze.
You might even see the northern lights if you're lucky!
In Saskatchewan, Grasslands National Park is the place to be to see the Perseids. The Milky Way, constellations and other space objects are visible too.
The Canadian Space Agency called it the darkest dark-sky preserve in all of Canada.
In Manitoba, Whiteshell Provincial Park is a good spot to catch this month's celestial event.
It's also home to a lake that's in a meteorite crater from millions of years ago.
For Ontarians, a trip to Charleston Lake Provincial Park near Ottawa might be best if you want to check out the meteor shower.
Mont-Mégantic International Dark-Sky Reserve in Quebec is home to an observatory that you can go in and visit.
Torngat Mountains National Park in Newfoundland is only accessible by boat or charter plane so it's very far away from light pollution which makes for optimal stargazing and northern light spotting.
In New Brunswick, you can see stars illuminate the rock structures at Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park.
At, you can watch the meteor shower while lounging in the sand of Cavendish Beach or see the shooting stars reflected on the ocean.
Kejimkujik National Park is the only dark-sky preserve in Nova Scotia and you can learn about astronomy in the Mi'kmaq culture while taking in stars.
Yukon's Watson Lake offers beautiful dark skies and the occasional sighting of the northern lights.
Wood Buffalo National Park in Northwest Territories is the biggest dark-sky preserve in the entire world so you know it's a perfect spot to catch the Perseids.
In Nunavut, Iqaluit has very low light pollution which makes it the place to be when it comes to observing the night sky.