New: Telescope Rentals

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

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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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Upcoming Manning Park Dark Sky Events

Astronomy Weekends are coming up! We are sold out of the Cascade Stargazer package for both weekends, but do not sell out of the Lightning Lake Stargazer package.

We also have a number of free stargazing events. Please check the schedule for more information.

Manning Park Dark Sky - Astronomy Weekend #1 (Beginners)

Oct. 18-20This weekend is planned with the budding astronomer in mind. There's some great kid-friendly events and beginner astronomy targets, like the moon, which is in it's last quarter.

Manning Park Dark Sky - Astronomy Weekend #2 (Intermediate)

Oct. 25-27Are you a backyard astronomer? Then this weekend is a great time to learn some more skills, gather with some like-minded people and stargaze in the dark skies of the new moon phase. There's some great skills for all levels here!

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!

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?

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