stargazing at manning park resort

Turn Your Telescope to the Skies

Turn your telescopes to the skies in a pristine alpine environment at 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. Check back here frequently to see what events we are adding to our Dark Sky offerings or sign up to our mailing list to hear about it direct to your inbox.

Upcoming Dark Sky Events

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December 2019

Guided Snowshoe Fondue

December 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
$49 – $59

Enjoy this special Dark Sky Event in Manning Park’s true Alpine wilderness. Join our experienced guide for a 2-hour snowshoe adventure under the stars. You will trek placidly among the snow-covered trees in beautiful E.C. Manning Park, followed by a delicious chocolate fondue in the forest. This magical evening is not to be missed! Minimum age for evening excursion is 10 years. Under 18 yrs old must be accompanied by an adult.

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Torchlight Parade & Meet Santa

December 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Come watch the Torchlight Parade at the Alpine ski area at Manning Park Resort. Gather together to watch Santa and his elves skiing and boarding down the hill, all lit up with flares in a spectacular display. Bring your hanging lantern to display and enjoy free hot chocolate and some caroling around the fire. Get in line to meet Santa on his snow throne after the parade. He will be taking last minute requests for Christmas presents before he heads…

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Boxing Day Guided Snowshoe Tour

December 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$20 – $30

Enjoy a Christmas tradition in Manning Park’s true Alpine wilderness. Experience snowshoeing after dark with our Moonlight Guided Snowshoe Tour. Join our experienced guides for a 2 hour snowshoe adventure under the stars. Work off the Christmas turkey by trekking through powder christened pines across snow crested fields. Return to the Nordic Centre later for a hot drink.

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Telescope Rentals

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

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Recommended Stargazing Locations

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

There’s lots more for you to discover! Where’s your favourite spot?

Manning Park Resort Clear Sky Chart

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Dark Sky FAQ

Learn what to expect and how to prepare for Manning Park Dark Sky viewing.

Accommodation Options:

Manning Park Resort : Book your accommodation now! Book online or call us at 604-668-5922.

Camping:  Camping is available in the following locations:

-Lone Duck 1: $13/night First Come, First Serve (FCFS) camping

-Headwaters Horse Corral: $25/night for FCFS with access to the Loon Lagoon

-Lightning Lake Day Use area: $13/night for self-contained units for FCFS Camping (no campfires permitted)

-Full hookup RV sites at Sunshine Valley RV Resort, reservations available. Please see website for prices.

Sunshine Valley RV Resort & Cabins  offers full hook-up RV sites, and 10 full-service cabins available for rental just 30 minutes west of Manning Park. These one or two-bedroom mountain-style cabins are fully contained and furnished, with power, wood stove, plumbing, and full kitchen. The Resort features indoor and outdoor heated pools and hot tubs, an onsite General Store, liquor sales, fire pits, a fitness centre, and a recreation hall.

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Do you have a question about dark sky viewing in Manning Park, or our astronomy weekend? Ask us and we will add your question to our FAQ.

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