Living in a big city has its pros and cons. The food is great, the bars are buzzing, and the people are fascinating – but the night sky? It can be dim and dull. Luckily, there’s a big, beautiful park in Alberta where star enthusiasts can see the Milky Way in HD.

Located in the northern part of the province, Wood Buffalo National Park is actually the largest dark sky preserve in the entire world and is a must-visit for those looking for a magical experience.

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Whether you’re going with a telescope, a camera or a date, the constellations are brighter and the Northern Lights are in technicolour – though you’ll have to get your timing right.

According to Parks Canada, the sun barely sets from May through to July, however late August and September offer dark warm nights for viewing. Winter is also a season to be considered but it’s incredibly chilly, so come prepared or rent a cabin!

Those who don’t want to camp in the area can enjoy rental properties where they can relax, recharge and sleep comfortably – plus they can check out the dark sky viewing platforms only steps away.


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Designated by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) in 2013, Wood Buffalo National Park is an incredible place, not just because of its lack of light pollution but also because its nocturnal animal population is thriving, so keep your eyes up, out and wide.

Happy visiting and enjoy Alberta star lovers! There’s quite literally no place on earth quite like it.


Where: See directions here