Celebrate the Dark Sky
Celebrating Dark Skies
The Cypress Hills Destination Area is home to two official Dark Sky Preserves: Grasslands National Park and Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, as well as a nocturnal preserve at Old Man on His Back Nature Conservancy. But no matter where you go in the Cypress Hills Destination Area, our fabulous dark skies are sure to greet you! If you love seeing the stars and planets up in the sky here are some of the best ways to enjoy them in our Area:
- Take a Dark Sky Photography Course – Photographer Scott Aspinall offers courses on how to take the best night photographs both at Grasslands National Park and at the Great Sandhills. Watch for 2019 Summer Courses.
- Beyond the Big Dipper – Grasslands National Park, both East and West Blocks, host these wonderful learning opportunities led by members of the Royal Astronomical Society to help teach you about the night sky.
- Summer Star Party – held every year in August on the Saskatchewan side of Cypress Hills in accordance with the new moon to make viewing optimal, this long weekend offers both professional star gazers and layman the opportunity to meet, bring out their big telescopes and enjoy lectures and other special events. Book your stay at the Meadows Campground or at The Resort at Cypress Hills.
- Cypress Hills Observatory – open from May until September, the Observatory in Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan offers Dark Sky programming by an Astronomer in Residence.
Here’s some examples of both professional and amateur photographs captured by YOU our visitors!