One of the things I love most about summer is that it's warm enough to stay outside late at night so I can comfortably watch the stars. I love watching meteor showers or even just gazing at the moon! There's a place up north in Canada that's literally the best place to watch the skies.
Wood Buffalo National Park is the largest park in the country and one of the largest in the world. It's also the world's largest dark sky preserve and in 2013 it was made official by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. That means that unless you can get to somewhere like Antarctica this summer, this is one of the best places to see the night sky unpolluted by artificial light.
The park is a great place to go camping if you love stargazing. You can see constellations and even the Northern Lights come out at night when it's so dark that the land is lit up by just the stars and moon.
The park is open now until September 1 this summer so you should plan your trip here ASAP. The park is a 14-hour drive from Calgary and the park is so large that it's actually located in both the Northwest Territories and Northern Alberta.
The Dark Sky Preserve at Wood Buffalo National Park isn't just for us to get an incredible glimpse of the Milky Way. It's actually helping to protect the habitats of nocturnal animals living in the park like owls and bats. The park is also home to one of Northern Canada's few remaining bison herds and it's pretty incredible to get to see these massive shaggy animals up close.
Later this summer, you can even join in the Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival from Thursday, August 22 to Sunday, August 25. This adorable festival brings guest speakers and star seekers together to share their love of the night sky together and there are a ton of fun activities planned.
Wood Buffalo National Park Dark Sky Preserve
Price: Camping at Pine Lake is $15.70 per night
Address: Wood Buffalo National Park Parks Canada Visitor Reception Centre, 149 McDougal Rd, Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0
Why you need to go: To see the true North, Buffalo, Northern Lights and the most incredible starry sky you've ever seen.