Best places to stargaze in the Maritimes

Did you know that New Brunswick has three dark sky preserves? These areas are designated by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as, in layman’s terms, a great place to look at the stars. The use of light within these areas is restricted to ensure a great view of the night sky, and there is little to no “glow” from artificial lighting in surrounding areas, making them a great spot for astronomers and us city folk who don’t get to see the stars very often.

New Brunswick’s Mount Carleton Provincial Park, Fundy National Park, and Kouchibouguac National Park are dark sky preserves, and the Irving Nature Park in Saint John is designated an urban star park. An urban star park is similar to a dark sky preserve, but due to the location of the park, sky glow from the surrounding urban area may be visible.

Nova Scotia is home to Kejimkujik National Park, another dark sky preserve.

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