The days are longer, the nights are hotter and after the sun goes down, there’s nothing better than looking up at the stars. Unfortunately, in the big city, it can be tough to get a good view but Alberta has a few incredible Dark Sky Preserves worth visiting!

Scattered throughout the province, Alberta has several regions specifically designated for stargazing, each just as incredible as the last.

Not sure where to go? Here are 5 of Wild Rose Country’s most spectacular destinations:


A 300 square km space, Beaver Hill is east of Edmonton and encompasses Elk Island National Park and Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area. Here, the stars shine brighter, the air is fresher and the view is 10/10.

Where: See directions here


One of our personal favourites on the list, Jasper Dark Sky Preserve is actually the second largest preserve in the world and one of the most beautiful places in Canada – but don’t just take our word for it. See it for yourself!

Where: 1 Old Lodge Rd, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0


Think Jasper is impressive? Head to Wood Buffalo Park. While Jasper is the second largest, this stunning destination is actually the world’s largest and is totally worth visiting if you’re looking for something spectacular.

Where: See directions here



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A cross-border experience, Waterton is half of the world’s first cross-border dark sky preserve. Here you can see the sights crystal clear on a nice night and take in the surrounding sights in one of Canada’s most beautiful parks.

Where: See directions here


Where it all began! Cypress Hills was actually Alberta’s very first preserve and still holds up as one of the best. Due to its high elevation and lack of urban light pollution, this place is a must for jr. astronomers.

Where: See directions here

Ready to hit the hills, valleys and mountains? Consider checking out these Alberta Dark Sky Preserves this August when the magical Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks from August 11th to 12th.

This is one of the most beautiful events of the year and you’ll want a front-row seat to all the action – just remember to bring snacks, a blanket and a camera!

You’re in for a treat.