Jasper Dark Sky Festival
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
At a staggering 4,335 square miles, Jasper National Park in Alberta is Canada’s largest park in the Rocky Mountains. It is also the second-largest dark sky preserve in the world, having received the distinction in 2011; as the only one with a community in its center, it is also the world’s most accessible.
Dark Sky Preserves (DSP) are areas designated by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, to protect nocturnal wildlife habitats and quality night sky viewing. To continue reading click here.
Kootenay Rockies Region
British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia is the kingdom of abundance, a land of giants, a wild place where nature, not man, creates the boundaries. Glaciated mountains have a gravitational pull that is surprising and unforgettable. Amidst this nature are multi-cultural urban centers of extraordinary beauty, offering a dichotomy of refined civilization and raw wilderness. The exhilaration of British Columbia reminds you of what it feels like to be alive. Here, you are wild at heart. To continue reading click here.
Banff National Park
Renowned for their scenic splendor, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks are comprised of Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho national parks and Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber provincial parks. In 1984, they were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because these four national and three provincial contiguous parks, studded with mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and limestone caves, form a striking mountain landscape that exemplifies the bio-geographical history of the region. The Burgess Shale fossil site, well known for its fossil remains of soft-bodied marine animals, is also found here. To continue reading click here.
Fort Langley National Historic Site
Canada: the land where wild rocky coastlines, endless forests and diverse modern culture combine. Where you can walk in a rainforest, enjoy a maple latté and see a beaver all before breakfast. Is the west coast of Canada on your bucket list? Then 2017 is the year to visit. In honor of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas are offering free general admission.
If you are drawn to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, then chart your course through the beautiful Fraser Valley. Spend a day at Fort Langley National Historic Site, the birthplace of the province of British Columbia. Here, you can connect with the stories of the men and women whose simple actions shaped Canada’s future. To continue reading click here.