Beyond the streetlights and smog, there’s actually a blanket of stars and planets right above us – unfortunately, due to pesky light pollution, it can be hard to get a good look at all of it. Luckily, here in Canada, there are plenty of places to see our celestial landscape – one of which is the first of its kind.

Located from Alberta and into the United States, you’ll find the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the world’s first transboundary IDA International Dark Sky preserve.

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Following the addition of fancy new view-friendly LED fixtures and special outdoor bulbs which were given to all residents who live in and around Waterton Lakes National Park, this area was recognized by the Canadian Government and is an incredible place to see meteor showers and Northern Lights.

In fact, according to their website those who head south with a pair of binoculars can see the moon’s craters and mountains, planets, constellations and the Milky Way on a clear night.

“The dark skies in the Waterton–Glacier International Peace Park truly are spectacular,” said President & Chief Executive Officer of Parks Canada, Ron Hallman in a release in 2021.


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“Designation of the Peace Park as the world’s first international transboundary Dark Sky Park shows the world our commitment to protecting the environment while offering opportunities for visitors to connect with nature, even at night.”

Want to check it out? Bring warm clothing and your sense of wonder, then get ready to see everything above – in addition to nocturnal animals, as this place is ideal for nighttime creatures.

It’s going to be incredible.