Aug 28 – Sept 2nd – Summer Star Party | Cypress Hills, SK

Aug 28 – Sept 2nd – Summer Star Party | Cypress Hills, SK

Location: Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan

Summer Star Party Cypress Hills

REGISTRATION for the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2019 IS NOW OPEN!  The star party runs from August 28 through September 2.

Public Programming:

Sask Summer Star Party

Celebrate the Cypress Hills Dark Sky Preserve with public star gazing activities, astronomy presentations by experts in the field and more.

Thurs. Aug 29

5:30pm – Welcome Barbeque: We have moved the time from the traditional 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm to remove the dead-space gap before the 7:00 pm public lecture. The venue has also moved from the Amphitheatre to the Community Hall (near the lake and Visitor’s Centre). Because this is not easily walkable from the Meadows, we will be providing taxi rides leaving from the Registration Tent at 4:40 pm and 5:10 pm and 6:40 pm, and will bring people back up to the Meadows after the BBQ and after the talk. If you did not preregister for the BBQ, you can still buy the $7 tickets at the Registration tent, or at the BBQ.

7:00pm – 8:00 pm Living Skies Lecture Series guest presentation: Don Hladiuk – Inspiring the Mars Generation

Location: Community Hall (next to the Visitor Centre across from the lake).

Regular park programming at the Observatory 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm.

Fri. Aug 30 – 11 a.m.-12:30 pm public solar viewing by the Visitor Centre;  followed by Public Star Gazing led by SSSP participants at the Observatory 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

Sat. Aug 31 – Public Star Gazing led by SSSP participants at the Observatory 9:00 pm – 11:00 midnight.

Sun. Sept 1 – Regular Park programming at the Observatory 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm at Observatory.

To register for professional series and information go to: or call Rick Huziak at 306-665-3392 or Les Dickson at 306-249-1091

Register anytime. Just hit the red MENU button at upper left then Register/Order on the Summer Star Party website (below) and follow the instructions. Early registration is in effect until August 4, but you can register right up to the date of the star party, or even at the star party. We are happy to say that the only increase in costs from 2018 to 2019 is a $2 increase in the base registration fee! Registering early, though, assures that you can get a t-shirt or banquet seat, should you want.

They have a great line-up of speakers and activities for astronomers, naturalists and your families. For the complete SSSP’19 MENU and events, click the red MENU button at the upper left of this page.

This is our website:

The SASKATCHEWAN SUMMER STAR PARTY, organized by the The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will take place from August 28-Sept 2nd at the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park in Saskatchewan, Canada.



We are pleased to announce our confirmed speakers for this year:

  • Thursday “Under Living Skies” Public Lecture speaker: Don Hladiuk – Inspiring the Mars Generation
  • Friday afternoon workshop – Why Astronomy Clubs Struggle in Modern Day – moderator Pierre Schierle
  • Friday evening clinic: Jim Goodridge – The AAVSO 10-Star Tutorial
  • Friday and Saturday evening clinics: Alister Ling – Scope Help 1-on-1 (your scope) Clinic
  • Saturday Fr. Lucian Kemble Speaker: Dr. Gordon Sarty – MRIs for Moon Bases
  • Saturday afternoon speaker: Murray Paulson – An Update Regarding the Buzzard Coulee and Whitecourt Meteorite Strewnfields
  • Saturday evening clinic: Murray Paulson – The Chatfield 40 Object Binocular Challenge

Camping and Accommodations:

We will be back in Meadows again, thanks to the generosity of the park’s management. The Provincial Parks Reserve-A-Site website (now open and taking reservations). Further information on reserving camping spots will be posted closer to the opening day.  Or visit:

HOW to book CAMPING in the MEADOWS

All Meadows campsites are booked through SSSP (Rick Huziak) at the email addresses below or by telephone. You can book your campsite before you register. SSSP will start accepting Campground bookings on April 14 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Email your request to, or or call 306-665-3392. CHECK THE CAMP MAP on the webpage, and please request your preferred site number and one or two alternate sites. SSSP will book sites for you in the order that they are requested and you will receive a confirmation by email. To be fair to everyone, campsites are issued on a first-come first serve basis and we WILL NOT take bookings for a specific campsite before April 14.

Once you receive an assignment from us, you are booked for Star Party nights, but you can then attempt to book extra nights for your site (before or after star party dates) through the Provincial Reserve-a-Site starting April 16 at 7:00 a.m. CST. Note that 60% of the most-preferred SSSP campsites booking in the first 48 hours of registration opening. But we do have 108 powered sites and room enough for over 100 overflow (non-powered) campers and tenters, so we can always accommodate you right up to the date of the Star Party. See a full description of camping and campsites and the Camp Map at “Menu | Resort/Camping | Camping in the Meadows”.

You do NOT pay for your SSSP camping nights with registration – you are only reserving a site. Camping for SSSP nights is paid to the Park Campground Office on the day you arrive, for the number of nights you choose to stay. For Reserve-a-Site nights, you pay on-line.

If you intend to Overflow camp (and not take a powered site) or will double up with a friend on a site, please let me know and read the Park Rules regarding this. Doubling up still incurs overflow rate fees if you are not direct relatives of the person on the paid site.

Starting this year, you will need to present your paid camping receipt in order to pick up your registration package at the star party.

Summer Star Party Cypress Hills


Shirt logo and colour, and pin design are now available for viewing. Further information can be found in the “Other” menu option and these items can be ordered through the “Register / Order” menu option.


We attempt to keep costs for the SSSP as low as possible, and for most events we operate on a break-even budget. But now and again inflation and rental fee changes catch up to us and we have to raise some of the prices. This year, we have made a few adjustments: registration has gone up by $5 per category (now $37 single, $47 couple, $57 family). Year pins are up by $1 (now $8). The barbecue is up by $2 (now $7) and the banquet is up by only $1 (now $38 adult, $24 child.) The cost of shirts and patches remain unchanged.


Due to the park’s addition of a Seasonal Campground north of the Meadows campground and the Park Overflow area just to the west, we will be having more trouble restricting white light from car headlights or park overflow campers in some of our peripheral campsites. We strongly suggest that campers using Sites M1 – M30, M68, M114 – M117 set their equipment up in the main observing area, and only use your campsites for camping. We will be doing less white light patrolling in those areas. SSSP holds the star party in the Meadows to provide campsite power, water and the service centre, and for this convenience, we do share the area with nearby non-astronomer campers. The main observing area is very dark.


Some tenters have mentioned that some campsites are not suitable for tenting since the gravel pad area is too hard to pound pegs into and that there is no adjacent grass. These sites would be: M119 – M125, M61, M75, and some sites in the M129 – M135 range. See the Camping section for more information or inform the Registrar you are tenting.


Contact us at or call Rick Huziak at 306-665-3392 or Les Dickson at 306-249-1091.

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