Ultimate Jasper Dark Sky Experience
(DAILY: May 1 – Oct 21 )
Join astronomy experts at The Jasper Planetarium for a full evening exploring Jasper Dark Sky Preserve – the world’s largest accessible astronomy park – NIGHTLY starting inside our world-exclusive domed theatre THEN outside with the largest telescope in the Rockies
First, join our astronomy experts in our 50-seat dome theatre for a LIVE virtual tour the world’s largest accessible dark sky preserve. Inside the planetarium, your guide will share local aboriginal constellations, views of the Northern Lights from Jasper, and take you into space orbiting above the Rockies and on to the edge of the universe…all in about 40 minutes.
(Then, come outside for an all-weather telescope experience** where you will:
Tour of the largest, most powerful telescopes in the Rockies
See recent 4K Jasper sky imagery from our new video telescope
Get tips on have the chance to see a meteor or even the Northern Lights
If weather permits, you’ll also enjoy a live guided tour of objects in our Solar System and deep space as seen through our telescopes. Nearly ALL nights eventually clear up enough for telescope viewing.
Daily Summer Start Times (May 1st-Oct 21st):
(May 1 – June 14 –9:45 pm) (June 15 – Sept 16 –10:00 pm) (Sept 17 – Oct 21: –9:00 pm)
Adults: $55.00 Youth (4-15): $20.00
(not including 5% GST tax) Location: 86 Connaught Dr.
Daily Winter Start Times 9:00 pm (Dec 7 – April 30):
Adults: $65.00 Youth (4-15): $20.0
(not including 5% GST tax)
Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
** NOTE: The Telescope Experience is a learning opportunity with weather permitting views of the sky. This experience occurs next to the Marmot Lodge parking lot, where we are able to tuWhile we do not need the sky to be completely clear to use our telescopes we CAN NOT guarantee clear skies. We DO NOT provide refunds if the skies are too cloudy, but will offer a “rain check” to re-book for another date in addition to proceeding with the other aspects of our telescope experience.
Please note also that evenings at or near the full moon will reduce visibility of faint deep space objects – this has nothing to do with the weather or darkness of our observing location
Our location next to the Marmot Lodge parking lot – with a minimum of light pollution on the edge of town – offers the ideal mix of convenience and great views of stars, planets, galaxies and more. This is an outdoor activity so dress warm!
Planetarium Experience ONLY
World-exclusive all-weather indoor astronomy tour
(DAILY: May 1 – Oct 21)
Join our LIVE astronomy experts inside for a fun, funny, inspirational, audience-participation tour exploring Jasper Dark Sky Preserve – the world’s largest accessible astronomy park…Every evening in our world-exclusive 50-seat domed theatre experience (also available, tour outside with the largest telescope in the Rockies as an additional experience
Inside the planetarium, your guide will share:
local aboriginal constellations
views of the Northern Lights from Jasper
and take you into space orbiting above the Rockies…
and on to the edge of the universe…all in about 35-40 minutes
There will be lots of audience-participation, so be sure to ask lots of questions or maybe try a hands-on activity!
Fridays, join our experienced astronomy guides for a spectacular telescope tour of some of the darkest parts of Jasper Dark Sky Preserve. (This excursion takes place Fridays each summer instead of our in-town Telescope Experience).
See the moons of the solar system, clouds of gas where new suns are being born, sparkling star clusters, and maybe even a shooting star or the Northern Lights during this evening excursion into the Jasper wilderness.
Saturdays in September / Fridays & Saturdays in October, blast off for an astronomy adventure 1 km closer to space. The Jasper Skytram and Jasper Planetarium offer a full evening of cosmic exploration under the darkest skies in the mountains, through the most powerful telescopes in the mountains, on top of a mountain.
This incredible package includes: Skytram cable car flight to the top of Whistlers Mountain, telescope experience atop the mountain, and a 3-course dinner to start your evening off.
Every October, some of the brightest names in space exploration come to Jasper for a celebration of the night. This year’s festival features twin NASA astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly, a symphony under the stars at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and dozens and dozens of other activities, daily, Oct 12-21, 2018.