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Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site was recently designated as a Dark Sky Preserve in 2010. Barring significant cloud cover, this incredible national park provides the perfect conditions to see shooting stars and constellations.
If you go for the stars, it’s going to be dark. Very dark. But that’s why you should go to Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site (pronounced Keji Park by locals). Deemed a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for its vast wilderness featuring minimal light pollution, this 381 square kilometre park is one of 12 Dark Sky Preserves in the country and the only one in Nova Scotia.
In the summer and fall months, Kejimkujik offers up public astronomy programs that highlight the importance of the stars and constellations in the Mi’kmaw culture and history. If you’re lucky you can take in a full weekend of Dark Sky fun, 2017 will see two Dark Sky festival weekends – August 11-13 and September 22-24. Funky outdoor amphitheater shows, night hikes, and campfire programs are also part of Keji’s programming. There is even a weekly night-time canoe paddle, which may be the best method of taking in Nova Scotia’s incredible night sky.
Stargazing in a beautiful national park and Dark Sky Preserve.
Anytime the sky is clear is fair game. But we recommend the late summer and early fall months for maximum viewing easiest access to park programming.
If you’re visiting a national park, you should definitely camp on one of the many campsites, back-country campsites, or alternative accommodations such as oTENTiks, rustic cabins or yurts.
What You Should Bring
Dress appropriately. Be sure to wear lots of layers and bring bug spray, water, and any food and snacks you may want. Feel free to bring your own binoculars or telescope as well as a red light for star navigating. For just $5 Keji offers self-discovery Dark Sky Kits. The kits include binoculars, star finders, red light, and stargazing references for your lunar eclipse, meteor shower, and constellation viewing pleasure.