Stars, planets, and cultural traditions

Welcome to Nova Scotia’s darkest sky and brightest stars. Kejimkujik invites you to experience the astronomical depth of its Dark-Sky Preserve. Gaze at brilliant celestial bodies and discover how stars have inspired centuries of story, song, and legend.

Why use a red light at night?

Did you know it takes 20 to 30 minutes for the human eye to adapt to the dark? Please use only a red light when joining us for night programs to protect your night vision and the night vision of other visitors.

Experience Kejimkujik at Night!

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Text: Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Nova Scotia

[Sunset views at Kejimkujik on the lake and from the ground.]

[Family of four unpacking the Kejimkujik Dark Sky kit containing binoculars, a Night Sky Guide, and a star finder.]

[Sun dropping below tree line around Kejimkujik Lake.]

[Sunset on Kejimkujik Lake seen from behind two canoes.]

[Family of four running across a bridge crossing the Mersey River.]

[As darkness falls, the family of four watches people canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding under the bridge with lit lanterns on their boats/boards.]

[A campfire is being made.]

[People are sitting around the campfire as people are dancing and telling stories.]

[People are lighting and carrying lanterns through the forest on a guided night tour.]

[Family of four is looking at the stars through a telescope.]

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site logo.

[A shooting star crossing a stary night sky.]

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Credits:

Parks Canada logo.

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by Parks Canada, 2018.

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Self-guided experiences

Rent a dark-sky kit

A family with our self-discovery dark-sky kit
Rent a dark-sky kit at Kejimkujik

Spend your evening exploring the stars, galaxies, and constellations with our self-discovery dark-sky kits.

Kits are available to rent throughout the season, from June to October. Rental cost: $5 per day.

Each kit includes:

  • Binoculars (Celestron 8X42 mm)
  • Star finder
  • Red light
  • Activities for children
  • Stargazing references

Why use a red light at night?

Our eyes take quite a while to adjust to the darkness of the night sky. Any exposure to bright light will cause the adjustment to start again.

Astronomers use a red light to read charts and maps at night – now you can too! Each Dark-Sky kit includes a red light for this purpose.


Guided experiences

Outdoor shows ponder extraterrestrial life and interstellar phenomena alongside incredible imagery, music, and stories.

Night hikes and campfire programs examine how artificial light affects humans and wildlife, as well as the value of these Dark-Sky Preserves.

Occasional night-time canoe excursions offer a truly magical night-sky perspective.

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13th Annual Kejimkujik Dark Sky Weekend!

Friday, August 19 to Sunday, August 21, 2022

Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and Parks Canada to learn more about the stars, planets, and constellations in the night sky.

Did you know it takes 20 to 30 minutes for the human eye to adapt to the dark? To protect your night vision and that of other visitors, please use only a red light when joining us for night programs.

Whether you’re new to stargazing or a seasoned observer, there will be stories and discoveries for all ages!

Friday, August 19

9 pm to 9:30 pm (Sky Circle field in Jeremy’s Bay Campground – P1)

Join Parks Canada Interpreters for a projection of the Mi’kmaw sky story “Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters”.

Bring a blanket (program is on the field). Please walk (limited parking).

9:30 pm to 10 pm (Sky Circle in Jeremy’s Bay Campground – P1)

Tour the Night Sky. Join Chris Young of RASC as he points out summer constellations, including those in the Muin night sky story, and shares tips for finding your way around the night sky.

Please walk (limited parking).

10 pm to midnight (Sky Circle field in Jeremy’s Bay Campground – P1)

Telescope and binocular observing. RASC astronomers on the Sky Circle field will share what’s in their eyepieces with the help of monitors. Join Tony Schellinck of RASC towards the back of the field to try your hand at binocular observing.

Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from Tony. Please walk (limited parking).

Saturday, August 20

1 pm to 4 pm (Merrymakedge Beach – P4)

Astronomy Drop-in. Stop by for solar telescope observing (via a monitor) and learn how to use a StarFinder. Got burning questions? This is your chance to “Ask an Astronomer” or Astrophotographer! 

4 pm to 4:45 pm (Sky Circle in Jeremy’s Bay Campground  P1)

“Walk the Solar System”. Learn about planets in our solar system with David Hoskin of RASC. This interactive kid-friendly activity is sure to please budding astronomers of all ages!

9:30 pm to 10 pm (Sky Circle in Jeremy’s Bay Campground  P1)

Tour the Night Sky. Join Dave Chapman of RASC as he points out summer constellations and shares tips for finding your way around the night sky.

Please walk (limited parking).

10 pm to midnight (Sky Circle field in Jeremy’s Bay Campground  P1)

Telescope and binocular observing. RASC astronomers on the Sky Circle field will share what’s in their eyepieces with the help of monitors. Join Tony Schellinck of RASC towards the back of the field to try your hand at binocular observing.

Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from Tony. Please walk (limited parking).

Sunday, August 21

1 pm to 4 pm (Merrymakedge Beach – P4)

Astronomy Drop-in. Stop by for solar telescope observing (via a monitor) and learn how to use a StarFinder. Got burning questions? This is your chance to “Ask an Astronomer” or Astrophotographer!

4 pm to 4:45 pm (Sky Circle in Jeremy’s Bay Campground – P1)

“Walk the Solar System”. Learn about planets in our solar system with David Hoskin of RASC. This interactive kid-friendly activity is sure to please budding astronomers of all ages!

9:30 pm to 10 pm (Sky Circle in Jeremy’s Bay Campground – P1)

Tour the Night Sky. Join Dave Chapman of RASC as he points out summer constellations and shares tips for finding your way around the night sky.

Please walk (limited parking).

10 pm to midnight (Sky Circle field in Jeremy’s Bay Campground – P1)

Telescope and binocular observing. RASC astronomers on the Sky Circle field will share what’s in their eyepieces with the help of monitors. Join Tony Schellinck of RASC towards the back of the field to try your hand at binocular observing.

Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from Tony. Please walk (limited parking).