Night Sky Discovery Tour
November 2019 - We are taking a short break from offering tours, so that we can work on developing a new tour experience, which we hope to roll out in January 2020... Check back soon for an updated tour offering / schedule.
Join us on our introductory night sky discovery tour. This low-intensity tour focuses on discovering the night sky, learning about nocturnal creatures, understanding the importance of dark skies devoid of light pollution, and spending time stargazing.
This tour begins with a shuttle bus pick-up from the Waterton townsite, and a short ride out towards the northern boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park.
The focus of this tour is not so much the journey, but the destination. We will help you to become familiar with the night sky, nocturnal creatures and the issue of light pollution. We will then set up our telescopes, pass around the binoculars and share our stargazing app-equipped tablet. Our guides will point out some of noteworthy features (depending on what’s visible that particular night) and help you learn to navigate your way around the night sky.
Once you begin to lose yourself among the stars, our guides will get out the warm drinks.
After you’ve had your fill of dark skies we’ll pack up and return to the bus. From there, it’s just a short return trip to your accommodation.
What’s included in the Tour?
- Personalized tour commentary provided by knowledgeable, friendly, experienced local guides
- Complimentary shuttle transport with pick-up and drop-off at the location of your choosing
- Use of our Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope, and our Sky-Watcher Dobsonian Collapsible 12” Telescope
- Use of our Celestron Cometron 7x50, and Celestron SkyMaster 8x56 stargazing binoculars
- Use of our mobile tablet with access to stargazing app
- Complimentary warm beverage
- Hiking poles
- Collapsible/folding camp chair
What to Bring / Wear
- Whenever you are taking part in outdoor activities in the mountains, it is a good idea to dress in layers appropriate for the weather (e.g. Tops: base-layer t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, sweater or fleece, outer-layer jacket; Bottoms: shorts, long underwear, pants)
- Appropriate outerwear suited for the weather (a good windbreaker, rain jacket, or winter jacket - depending on time of year)
- Wear good, sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots
- Appropriate headwear (hat, bandana, warm toque, if desired)
- A small backpack (with rain-cover, if you have one)
- Your own headlamp with required red-light setting (if desired)
- Your own hiking poles (if desired)
- A blanket (if desired)
- A favorite cushion or collapsible/folding camp chair (to kneel / sit on, if desired)
- Any medications / allergy prevention
- A Sense of Adventure and an interest to learn!
This tour is suited for participants of all ages, fitness levels and experience levels.
Approx. 1.5 hrs (start time varies depending on time of year / time it gets dark)
Max Number of Participants: 13
Min Number of Participants: 2
What happens if the weather doesn’t cooperate? Click here to read our FAQs about our back-up plan.