There are few things more beautiful than a dark sky lit by twinkling stars – but gazing in August? It’s something else. This weekend, leave the big city behind and embark on a late-night adventure to see the Perseid Meteor Shower in Alberta, the best event of its kind year after year. After all, in Wild Rose Country we’ve got some of the most impressive places to view it! Not sure where to go? Here are just a few of our favourites perfect for viewing the peak when it passes by Earth August 12th-13th.

Bragg Creek

Up for an adventure? Several areas in and around Bragg Creek will do just fine for those looking to sneak a peek at this month’s meteor shower. Live in Calgary? You’re in luck! It’s less than a 40-minute drive!

Where: directions here

Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve

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

Horseshoe Canyon

Up for an over-nighter? Pack some snacks and a tent then drive out to Horseshoe Canyon Campground in Drumheller, a beautiful location for 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 the constellations really come to life.

Where: directions here

Jasper Dark Sky Preserve


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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

Chain Lakes

Another campground with unbelievable stargazing? Chain Lakes! While it may be a tad out of the way for some you won’t regret it. On a clear night, see practically everything. From stars and planets to meteor showers like the Perseids, gazers will not be disappointed.

Where: directions here

Wood Buffalo Park Dark Sky Preserve

Looking for something EXTRA impressive? Head to Wood Buffalo Park. This stunning destination is actually the world’s largest and is totally worth visiting if you want to see something spectacular.

Where: See directions here

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park

A dual 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

Cypress Hills Provincial Park

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

And there you have it. The best places to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower in Alberta. Just remember to bring snacks, a blanket and a camera!

You’re in for a treat.