COW Mactaquac Star Party

~July 17 – 18, 2020~

Camping & Observing Weekend, Mactaquac Provincial Park
(west of Fredericton on the Saint John River)
~For itinerary and any last minute changes check the 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 2020 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 usually 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 posted from RASC NB by when available.

Registration for astronomers: Visit RASC NB COW Mactaquac Star Party when available.

RASC NBCOW Mactaquac Star Party~

Facebook: Will post when available.


What usually happens at the COW Mataquac Star Party~

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

Saturday~
12:00PM to 4:00PM – Solar observing
12:00PM to 4:00PM – Ask an Astronomer or Telescope Clinic
7:30PM – “What’s Up?” presentation at the Recreation Centre
9:30PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes.

~For exact itinerary and any last minute changes check the RASC NB-COW Mactaquac Star Party page.


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 19 – 20, 2020
Mount Carleton Star Party   ~July 24 – 25, 2020
Fundy Park StarGaze   ~August 21 – 22, 2020
Kouchibouguac Fall StarFest   ~Sept. 18 -19, 2020

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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