COW Mactaquac Star Party

~July 5 – 6, 2019~

Camping & Observing Weekend, Mactaquac Provincial Park
(west of Fredericton on the Saint John River)
~For updates see RASC NB-COW Mactaquac Star Party~

An ariel view of Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick.

Photo by http://www.tourismenouveaubrunswick.fr of a trail view in Mactaquac Provincial Park. Photo of sailboat marina in Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick.

Some fact about Mactaquac Provincial Park~
  • A river valley park along the Saint John River
  • 5.25 sq. km, or over 1,300 acres of recreational use
  • Formed as a result of the Mactaquac Generating Station in 1968
  • Beaches, two marinas (power and sailboat), 18 hole golf course
  • TreeGO Mactaquac Aerial Adventure
  • Ten easy to moderate hiking and cycling trails
  • Over 300 campsites + rustic cabins
  • Lakeway Houseboat Rentals nearby
  • Located beside Mactaquac Dam–tours available of the generating station and salmon hatchery (seasonal)
  • Several waterfalls are located not too far away on Hwy 2 (click on the map below).

Google Maps showing nearby waterfalls at Mactaquac Provincial Park.

Google Earth view of Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick.

Google Maps view of Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick.

Map showing Mactaquac Provincial Park, NB, across the Saint John River from Fredericton.


Park Map of Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick, site of COW Mactaquac Star Party.Clicking Park map above opens current available reservation page.
Below~ Observing activities take place in Campground #2, in the open field across from the baseball diamond.Detail of Campground #2, Mactaquac Provincial Park, NB, across the Saint John River from Fredericton.

General Park Information~

Telephone:      (Toll-free)~ 1-800-561-0123,  (Office)~ 506-363-4747
Address:         Mactaquac Provincial Park, 1265 Route 105
Mactaquac, New Brunswick, Canada, E6L 1B5
Email~     Mactaquac Provincial Park
Parks New Brunswick Website      Tourism New Brunswick Website
More Info~ HikingNB Trails Lists         Trip Advisor
Facebook
Rates:     $10 – $90
Dates:     Open Year-Round

COW Mactaquac Star Party 2019 Information ~

If you do not have a telescope~ Just show up, or book your camping weekend if you want to be at the campground during the Stargaze. Observing activities take place in Campground #2, in the open field across from the baseball diamond.
Please see RASC NB COW Mactaquac Star Party for updates and before heading out.

If you do have a telescope or binoculars and wish to volunteer~ Campsite reservations in the astronomers’ area are available from RASC NB by clicking here.

Info & Details for 2019~
Come join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for our annual Camping and Observing Weekend (C.O.W.) at the Mactaquac Provincial Park. Our observing activities will be held in Campground #2, in the open field across the baseball diamond near the recreation centre (look for the telescopes).

Several telescopes will be set-up on Friday and Saturday nights, to allow the public to view the wonders of the night sky. Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views, as we observe night sky treasures (weather permitting).

Preceding the evening observation sessions, there will be a presentation at the Recreation Centre where you can learn about the night sky wonders that can be observed that evening.

During Saturday afternoon, drop by to take a close-up view of the sun through our safe solar-filtered telescopes. Come see the different telescopes on display and feel free to ask any questions about their use and care.

Registration for astronomers: Click here.

RASC NBCOW Mactaquac Star Party~

Facebook: Click here for the FB event page.


Schedule for 2019~

Friday, August 10~
7:30PM – “What’s Up?” presentation at the Recreation Centre
9:30PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes (weather permitting)

Saturday, August 11~
12:00PM to 4:00PM – Solar observing
12:00PM to 4:00PM – Ask an Astronomer
7:30PM – “What’s Up?” presentation at the Recreation Centre
9:30PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes. Keep an eye out for the Perseid meteors!


Some photos from past COW Mactaquac Star Parties~

Setting up at the COW Mactaquac Star Party in Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick.

A large telescope set up at the COW Mactaquac Star Party in Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick.

Camping and telescopes setup at the COW Mactaquac Star Party in Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick.

Camping and telescopes setup at the COW Mactaquac Star Party in Mactaquac Provincial Park.

A beautiful camping and telescope setup at the COW Mactaquac Star Party in Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick.

Logo of the RASC New Brunswick Centre


Other Star Parties in New Brunswick~

Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest  ~June 7 – 8, 2019
Mount Carleton Star Party   ~August 2 – 3, 2019
Fundy Park StarGaze   ~August 30 – 31, 2019
Kouchibouguac Fall StarFest   ~Sept. 27 -28, 2019

General overview~ Star Parties in New Brunswick
See also RASC NB Star Parties
You can also check our Upcoming Events page.

Tourism & Travel Info~ Tourism New Brunswick, Explore NB

 

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