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The Best Spots in Canada to Stargaze

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The haunting Orion Nebua (Photo: Ken Lord)

With over 80% of Canadians living in densely populated urban areas, it’s inevitable that light pollution keeps most us from seeing the true beauty of the night sky. Away from the city, there is a different type of glow that fills the heavens: stars, nebulae and planets. To experience this spectacle first hand, check out this list of the best locations in the world to stargaze. Six out of 11 of them are right here in Canada, and may be a short distance from where you live or travel, such as Jasper National Park, Point Pelee, McDonald Creek Provincial Park in B.C., Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia, Fathom Five National Marine Park on the Bruce Peninsula and Cypress Hills in the Prairies. Perhaps one day Wood Buffalo, Canada’s newest dark sky preserve, will be added to the list.

Let us know your favourite places to stargaze and share your own awesome travel photos on our Flickr Group or Pinterest boards.


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