Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest

~June 15 – 16, 2018~

Kouchibouguac National Park
Campers, stargazers, and astronomers were treated to spectacular skies this past June weekend. If you missed it, there will also be a Kouchibouguac Fall StarFest September 14-15.Photo of the night sky at the 2018 Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest by Paul Owen.

An ariel photo showing part of Kouchibouguac National Park.

The walkway to a beach in Kouchibouguac National Park. Photo of a trail in Kouchibouguac National Park.

“New Brunswick’s dark sky ocean paradise and one of the most magical astronomy parks in North America” – Skynews.ca

Logo of the RASC Dark Sky Preserve.

Events at the 2018 Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest~

1st Day~ Friday, June 15

8:00 to 9:00 PM – “What’s Up?” presentation (in English)
At the kitchen shelter across site 266
Come learn about the celestial wonders that can be observed that evening.
9:30 to 12:00 PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
At site 194 (weather permitting)
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views.

2nd Day~ Saturday, June 16

1:00 to 3:30 PM – Solar Observing
At site 194 (weather permitting)
Come take a close look at our nearest star, the sun.
1:00 to 3:30 PM – Telescope Clinic
At site 194 (weather permitting)
We can assist you with adjusting and using your telescope.
8:00 to 9:00 PM – “What’s Up?” presentation (in French)
At the kitchen shelter across site 266
Come learn about the celestial wonders that can be observed that evening.
9:30 to 12:00 PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
At site 194 (weather permitting)
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views.

A map showing locations of the Kouchibouguac Star Party activities.
[Click to enlarge]

Some Images from Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest 2017~

Photo of twilight at the Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest 2017.Despite four thunderstorms rolling through the area that day, the sky cleared later to give the everyone a show. About 40-50 people showed up for Friday stargazing– campers and people coming into the park for the event.Twilight at the Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest 2017.

Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest 2017.

Photo of observing at the Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest 2017.

Observing with the public at the Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest 2017.

Photo of stargazing with the public at the Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest 2017.


Some facts about Kouchibouguac National Park~
  • Pronounced (koochi-boog-wac), means ‘River of Long Tides’ in the Mi’kmaq Indian language
  • Protected area of 238 sq. km (58,811 sq. acres)
  • Over 25 km of shifting sand dunes
  • Due to currents, the Northumberland Strait has warmest beaches north of Virginia (such as Parlee beach in Shediac)
  • Diversity of salt marshes, peat bogs, freshwater systems, Acadian woodland and sandy beaches
  • Rich tapestry of biological and plant life, including marine life
  • In the centre of Acadian and Mi’kmaq Culture
  • Hiking and cycling trails, wheelchair to easy (HikingNB lists 23)
  • One of Canada’s Dark Sky Preserves as recognized by the RASC
Maps (click to view)~

Google Earth photo of Kouchibouguac National Park area.

Photo of Google Maps of Kouchibouguac National Park area.

Park map of Kouchibouguac National Park, site of the Kouchibouguac Star Party.
Clicking on the maps above opens in pdf.  Above: Parks Canada Map

How to reserve a campsite or check things out~

Loop 3 of the South Kouchibouguac Campground where the Star Party is usually held at Site 194Clicking on the map above will take you to the Reservation Site for Loop 3 of the South Kouchibouguac Campground (where the Star Party is usually held near Site 194). Excellent serviced sites. Below, Loop 1 and 2 , mainly unserviced sites. Maps have a lot of info.Loop 1 & 2 of the South Kouchibouguac Campground--mainly unserviced sites.Below–Overview of camp sites available at Kouchibouguac.Link to overview of camping sites at Kouchibouguac National Park.


General Park Information~

Telephone:      (Toll-free)~ 888-773-8888,      (Office)~ 506-876-2443
Address:          Kouchibouguac National Park,  186 Route 117,
New Brunswick, Canada     E4X 2P1
Email~     Kouchilbouguac National Park
Reservations~Kouchilbouguac National Park Website
Parks Canada Website      Tourism New Brunswick Website
More Info~ HikingNB Trails Lists         Trip Advisor
Facebook     Twitter
Rates:     Free for 2017
Dates:     Open Year-Round

How to Attend~

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 StarFest.
Activities take place near Site 194, South Kouchibouguac Campground, Loop 3.

If you do have a telescope~ Campsite reservations for RASC members in the astronomers’ area are now available from RASC.NB.
For more info and details–contact Chris Curwin or Paul Owen.

Info & Details: RASC.NB/Kouchibouguac 2018 Spring Star Fest
Registration for astronomers: RASC.NB/Kouchibouguac/Register

Facebook: Click here for the FB Event.

 


Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest is presented by RASC.NB and Parks Canada

Logo of the RASC New Brunswick Centre


Other Star Parties in New Brunswick~

COW Mactaquac Star Party   ~August 10 – 11, 2018
Mount Carleton Star Party   ~July 13 -14, 2018
Fundy Park StarGaze   ~August 31 – September 1, 2018
Kouchibouguac Fall StarFest   ~Sept. 14 -15, 2018

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

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