Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest

June 2-4, 2017~ Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest

Kouchibouguac National Park
(between Moncton and Miramichi on the Northumberland Strait)
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.

Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest 2017 Information~

Last Week for Registration–
Please read the email below:

Email from Adrien Bordage, RASC.NB, May 7, 2017~

“Please consider coming to our first Star Party event of 2017. There are only 4 free reserved tent sites for the Astronomers at the main Observing area, so it will be on a first come, first served basis.
Of course we are expecting to be allow up to two tents, and two vehicles per site as in the past, so please consider this if you wish to tent on one of the sites. To be eligible for one of the free/reserved sites please email me as soon as possible and, please let me know what type of tent you are bringing and how many persons will be in your party. Of course there are many other nearby campsites which you can reserve/pay for on your own by going to the Kouchibouguac National Park (KNP) website.
You can also visit KNP’s Facebook Event page at for the schedule of events and other details.

The Park is again offering us the free use of two OTentiks (one for Men and one for Women) for two nights (June 02, and 03). These are for RASC NB members in good standing only.
They each sleep 6 persons. They have 6 bunks with mattresses (you only need to bring your own blanket and pillow) in each, a dining table with chairs, a supplied BBQ, and they are heated. Keep in mind that they are about a 5 minute walk from the Main Observing area. In the past there has been a problem with some people expressing interest in staying in the OTentik but not showing up for the Star Party at all, leaving several empty bunks at the last minute with no way to fill them. This is not fair to the other RASC NB members, and also not fair to the Park, so if you request a bunk please do so with the intention of coming. Thus far there are 5 bunks available in the Men’s and 6 bunks available in the Women’s.
A few days prior to June 01 I will send out a final reminder in case there any empty bunks left.

Take care, and hope to see you there.”


Currently scheduled events from the KNP Facebook Page:

June 2~  “What’s Up” slideshow presentation at the outdoor theatre. From 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
– Telescope and Binocular Night Sky Viewing near site 194. From 10 pm to midnight.

June 3~ Solar Observing and Telescope Clinic near site 194. From noon to 4 pm
– “What’s Up” slideshow presentation in French at the outdoor theatre. From 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
– Telescope and Binocular Night Sky Viewing near site 194. From 10 pm to midnight.

June 4~  Solar Observing near site 194. From 9 am to 11 am

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

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 maps opens in pdf.  Above: Parks Canada Map

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

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   ~July 29, 2017
Mount Carleton Star Party   ~August 11-13, 2017
Fundy Park StarGaze   ~Sept. 15-17, 2017
Kouchibouguac Fall StarFest   ~Sept. 22-24, 2017

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

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