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Dark Sky Astronomy Tours

Join our LIVE astronomy experts to explore Jasper Dark Sky Preserve, the world’s largest accessible astronomy park!

Enter a 50-seat domed theater and check-out incredible I-max like imagery and stellar footage with a LIVE space expert in a world-exclusive audience-participation tour.

PLUS outside, enjoy our nightly telescope experience with the largest telescope in the Rockies. (Available separately, or in a combo with the planetarium.)

 

Ultimate Telescope and Planetarium

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: Jasper Park Lodge

Planetarium Only

(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!
Daily Summer Start Times (May 1 – Oct 21):
(May 1 – June 14 –8:45 pm) (June 15 – Sept 16 –7:45 pm-8:45 pm) (Sept 17 – Oct 21: –7:45 pm)
 
Adults:  $29.00
Youth (4-15): $9.00
(not including 5% GST tax)
Location: Jasper Park Lodge

Special Programs:

Every week in the summer and fall, we offer extra-special trips that take you beyond the planetarium and our dome-side telescope observing area.  These excursions allow those who want to go farther into our dark sky preserve the chance to see the darkest skies and brightest views of objects in space, a comfortable 10-minute trip outside the town of Jasper.

Want the ultimate dark sky experience in the Canadian Rockies?  We’ve got it for you!

Depending on when you’re in Jasper, you can choose from:
 
Wild-Sky Wednesdays
(Wednesdays – 10 pm in summer, starting July 3 / 9 pm starting Sept 18)
 
Join astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an out-of-this-world Rocky Mountain evening experience:
 
-Enter our world-exclusive dome theatre experience with a LIVE astronomy expert
-Travel to a specially-selected site in the world’s largest accessible dark sky preserve
-Laser-guided tour of naked-eye constellations and planets (if visible)
-Learn together with binoculars we supply and look at our Milky Way and deep space objects for yourself
-Tips on how to use your DSLR camera to photograph auroras and the Milky Way
-Enjoy a guided tour of live objects in space as seen through our telescopes if weather permits.
 
Duration: up to 3 hours (come-and-go as-you-like)
Minimum age: 4
Per Person: 59.00, Child: 19.00 (ages 4-15)
 
Note:
Transportation NOT included for this activity.  Does NOT include our Telescope experience (though we may bring one telescope along in addition to the binoculars)  This tour requires a minimum of 10 participants to run. If this number is not met before start-time, participants will join the rest of our Planetarium / Telescope COMBO guests for the evening and be refunded the difference in price.
 
Far-Out Fridays
(Fridays – 10 pm in summer starting July 5 / 9 pm starting Sept 20)
Join space author Peter McMahon and astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an out-of-this-world Rocky Mountain evening experience:
 
-Enter our world-exclusive dome theatre experience with a LIVE astronomy expert
-Travel to a specially-selected site in the world’s largest accessible dark sky preserve
-Telescope experience under extra-dark skies: tour the largest, most powerful telescopes in the Rockies
-See recent 4K Jasper sky imagery from our new video telescope
-Get tips on how to use your DSLR camera to photograph auroras and the Milky Way
-Light refreshments included (usually hot chocolate and Tim Bits – the “official” snack of Canadian astronomers)
 
* if weather permits, you’ll also enjoy a guided tour of live objects in space as seen through our telescopes
Transportation from the planetarium to our telescope location (and back) included (participants meet at the planetarium to start)
 
Duration: up to 3 hours, return shuttles available throughout the night
Minimum age: 4
Shuttle bus included Per Person: Adult $89.00, Child: $19.00 (ages 4-15)
Self-drive option Per Person: Adult $79.00, Child: $19.00 (ages 4-15)
 
 
 
 
 
Sky Tram Star Sessions 
(Saturdays in Sept Fridays & Saturdays in Oct)

Blast off with astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive dining and stargazing experience atop the Jasper Skytram.  Your SkyTram flight will take you nearly 1 km closer to the stars above, to the Skytram Upper Station, where you’ll have the chance to look through the most powerful telescopes in the Canadian Rockies, under the darkest skies in the Rockies.  Join us for a guided tour of the Solar System, learning about planets, galaxies, and constellations, and if you’re lucky, you might even see a meteor or the Northern Lights!You’ll also have a chance to attend a special talk on Canada’s dark skies or a quick workshop about how to photograph objects in the night sky with your DSLR camera.

Return Skytram Flight, 3 Course Meal & Stargazing Experience
Depart Skytram lower station at 5:45pm & 7:30pm** (menu)
$129.60 + GST per Adult (16+)
$82 + GST per Youth (6 -15)

Return Skytram Flight & Stargazing Experience ONLY (NO meal)
Depart Skytram lower station at 5:45pm & 7:30pm**
$99 + GST per Adult (16+)
$50.51 + GST per Youth (6 -15)

2019 Jasper Dark Sky Festival

(Various departure times – click on booking link for options)
Oct 12-21
Since its first year nearly a decade ago, the Jasper Dark Sky festival has since become Canada’s largest celebration of the night sky, regularly drawing guest speakers from the ranks of NASA astronauts and Hollywood celebrities…
 
NOTE: All of our Telescope and Binocular Experiences are a learning opportunity with many outdoor activities that are not weather-dependent and weather-permitting views of the sky. While we DO NOT need the sky to be completely clear to use our telescopes and/or binocolars, we CAN NOT guarantee clear skies. We DO NOT provide refunds if skies are too cloudy to observe with our telescopes and/or binocolars, BUT can offer a “rain check” to re-book for another date if-desired. 
** 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

Passionate Team and Great Presentation

  • I highly recommend visiting the Jasper Planetarium! I absolutely loved listening to the astronomy experts speak with such passion for what they do and will definitely be back again. Thanks Joel and Peter for such a great experience!