Jr. Astronomers, enthusiastic skygazers and date idea seekers, it’s finally here! Showcasing up to 50 ‘shooting stars’ per hour, the year’s most spacetastic event peaks this evening (August 11th) and you will not want to miss it. Of course, no thanks to all of our darn light pollution, you’ll need to position yourself just right to catch a glimpse of it – so we’ve put together a list of the best places in and around Calgary to watch the upcoming Perseid Meteor shower! Let’s hope for a sunny, cloud-free afternoon, folks!

Keoma Public Fields

Live in the North? Lucky you! You’re only minutes away from another fantastic place to see the shower! A 37-minute drive from Calgary’s city centre, Keoma Public Fields will give stargazers a brilliant view of the sky and everything in it.

Where: directions here
Distance from Calgary (city centre): 49.5 km

Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Don’t want to drive that far out of the city? Just outside the Calgary limits, Calgarians will find the Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area. This 4,800-acre day-use natural area protects habitats, provides space for animals AND has a pretty good view of the sky.

Where: 194001 160 St W #20, Foothills County, AB
Distance from Calgary (city centre): 32.1 km

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Bragg Creek

Like Keoma, Several areas in and around Bragg Creek will do just fine for those looking to sneak a peek at this month’s meteor shower. The best part? Clocking in at just under 40 minutes, It’s not a terribly long drive either.

Where: directions here
Distance from Calgary (city centre): 45.6 km

Fifth Meridian south

Want to be ‘wowed’? It’s a bit of a ride, but the Fifth Meridian just south of Calgary is absolutely worth it. On a good night, see the glow of the milky way, the constellations, and of course, meteors during a shower.

Where: directions here
Distance from Calgary (city centre): 92.1 km

Chain Lakes Provincial Park

 

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Chain Lakes may be a few kilometres out of the city but you won’t regret it. On a clear night, see practically everything. From stars and planets to meteor showers like the Perseid, gazers will not be disappointed.

Where: directions here
Distance from Calgary (city centre): 128 km

Horseshoe Canyon

This week, pack some road snacks and drive out to Horseshoe Canyon in Drumheller, a beautiful locale for camping, biking, walking, or lounging. Honestly, no matter the time of day it’s gorgeous here, but at night the sky is dark, the stars are bright and constellations really come to life.

Where: directions here
Distance from Calgary (city centre): 119 km

Well, there you have it. Some of the best places in and around Calgary to watch the upcoming Perseid Meteor shower. Happy viewing!