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Manning Park Dark Sky – Astronomy Weekend

Save the date for next year’s event: 2 weekends! October 18-20th & October 25-27th, 2019

Congratulations, Riley Carswell!

Winner of a Celestron Travel Scope 50

Telescope Giveaway from

This event is made possible by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Vancouver Centre. These fine folks are providing their dark sky expertise and telescopes to help you better understand the skies above.

Check out their organization (celebrating 150 years this year) and if you’re interested in the stars, consider a yearly membership!

Turn your telescopes to the skies in the pristine alpine environment in Manning Park!

The Dark Sky in Manning Park offers some of the best stargazing around. With multiple viewing locations and very limited light pollution, the views are incredible.

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New: Telescope Rentals

We are excited to announce that we now have beginner Celestron FirstScope Telescope rentals available! 

Upcoming Manning Park Dark Sky Events

Out of this World - Interpretive Program

Various Dates in SummerWe're starry-eyed thinking about the beauty of the night sky! In the "Out of this World" interpretive program, we'll be talking science and myths and learning how the patterns in the night sky can help us find our way in space and time.

Lights on Lightning Lake Lantern Festival

August 3Build your own floating lantern to launch it on Lightning Lake that evening. This incredible event is a highlight of the summer and is not to be missed!

Manning Park Dark Sky - Astronomy Weekends

Oct. 18-20 & 25-27Bring your curiosity about the cosmos to Manning Park’s second annual astronomy weekend, featuring workshops, speakers and star-gazing. This event will feature two unique weekends of programming with our star experts who will guide you on a tour of the night skies in the pristine alpine environment of Manning Park.

Recommended Stargazing Locations:

  • Windy Joe field: located in the middle of our cabin loop to the west of the Resort. This is a very accessible location, although there will be more light in this area as it is around the Resort. Year-Round
  • Lightning Lake Day Use: 4km from Manning Park Resort on Gibson Pass Road. Viewing area is located at the far end of the parking lot in the field by the lake.
    • Parking: Park in the Day Use parking lot. Year-Round
  • Cascade Look-out: 8km on the Blackwall Peak Road. This is a winding mountain road with 1150m elevation gain. Please use caution!
    • Parking: Parking lot is at the Look-out. Spring- Fall only
  • Sub-alpine Meadows Parking Lot: 16km up Blackwall Peak Road. Road is paved 8km to the Lookout, then is gravel.
    • Parking: parking is in the Lower Lot, near the Naturalist hut. Viewing is in the upper parking lot. Walking off the path is prohibited. Spring-Summer only
  • There’s lots more for you to discover! Where’s your favourite spot?

Fraser Valley Regional Library - Telescope Loan Program

Thank you to the Fraser Valley Regional Library​ for our Astronomy Weekend, who showcased some telescopes from their Telescope Lending Program on Saturday night with us!

Learn more about the Playground at FVRL, which offers customers of all ages free access to fun and engaging STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) related learning experiences.

Manning Park Clear Sky Chart

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