Come Over to the Dark Skies

Saskatchewan is home to two Royal Astronomical Society of Canada-designated Dark Sky Preserves (DSP). One is located in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park; the other in Grasslands National Park. 

A Dark Sky Preserve is an area that is kept free of artificial light pollution. These areas are important sources of refuge for nocturnal animals endangered by the loss of their natural habitat. As the name implies, Dark Sky Preserves showcase the wonders of the night sky. They are popular places for astronomers, amateur star gazers and anyone with an interest in the mysteries of the cosmos.

Explore Saskatchewan’s darkest (yet most brilliant) night skies at these two locations:

Grasslands National Park

Covering 527 square kilometres, this DSP is considered one or the darkest in Canada. 

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

One of the darkest and most accessible DSPs, this preserve protects an area the size of 97,850 football fields or 39,600 hectares. To help visitors better experience the amazing dark sky that surrounds the park, an observatory opened in August 2011. 

Did you know? 

Each year Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park holds a Summer Star Party? Hosted by the Saskatoon and Regina Centres of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, this event attracts over 300 people who enjoy all-night observing sessions under some of the clearest and darkest skies in Canada. The event takes place on August every year. More information on the event can be found here.