Big Dipper at Maligne Canyon
Join expert presenters and the staff of The Jasper Planetarium for an unforgettable weekend of cosmic discovery.

Take advantage of fall rates for 3-4 days of astronomy-themed dining, accommodation, tours, presentations, and – of-course – guided stargazing under the dark skies and bright auroras of one of the world’s largest dark sky preserves.

Here’s a look at what our 2016 Astronomy Retreats have to offer:

OCTOBER

jasper_skytram_aurora_town3-days, 2-nights
Oct 28-30, 2016

SALE $649(regularly $899)*

book now / questions? call 1 888 786 3641 or email info@jasperplanetarium.com

Day 1 (Friday, Oct 28)

4:30-7:30 pm – check-in

8:00 pm – cosmic cocktail reception / meet & greet

8:30 pm – dinner at Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, weekend overview
lake-annette-stargazing9:30 pm – stargazing and dark-sky photography workshop at Lake Annette, with professional astrophotographer / astrovideographer Ryan Bray

11:00 pm – return to hotel (longer stay under the stars if-requested)
Day 2 (Saturday, Oct 29)

9:30-10:00 am – solar telescope viewing at The Jasper Planetarium

10:00 am – stargazer’s breakfast, Embers Restaurant, Marmot Lodge

10:45-11:15 am – presentation “Canada’s Wild Skies: Campsite Astronomy in our Nation’s Wild Spaces”, with astronomy journalist Peter McMahon

11:15-11:45 am – workshop: “Video astronomy…see the universe in LIVE colour” with Jasper Planetarium observing expert Matthew Parker

1:00-4:00 pm – Explore the Daytime Wonders of Jasper with former Parks Canada senior warden and SunDog Tours guide Wes Bradford
Locations may include:
-Athabasca Falls
jasper_planetarium_aurora-Pyramid Island
-6th Bridge
-Jasper Lake
-sulfur springs
-Horseshoe Lake
-tour of ghost mining settlement

4:30 pm – enjoy the signature dome experience in The Jasper Planetarium, with astronomy journalist Peter McMahon

6:15 pm – arrive at Jasper SkyTram Lower Station for 6:30 pm tram to the top of the mountain

6:30 pm – dinner at Jasper Skytram Upper Station, at Treeline Restaurant atop The Whistlers mountain

jasper_skytram_aurora7:30 pm – stargazing begins atop Whistlers Mountain (Halloween theme) with the staff of The Jasper Planetarium

8:20 pm – special Halloween presentation
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream

8:45 pm – stargazing continues

10:30 pm – tram down to Jasper SkyTram Lower Station

11:00 pm – return to hotel
Day 3 (Sunday, Oct 30)

10:00 am – “Eat like an astronaut” theme-breakfast

10:30 am – presentation during latter-half of breakfast
2016: A Space Entrée – 50 Years of Food In the Cosmos” with astronomy journalist Peter McMahon

11:30 am – depart (thanks for joining us!)

 

 

4-days, 3-nights
Oct 28-31, 2016

SALE $899(regularly $1,199)*

book now / questions? call 1 888 786 3641 or email info@jasperplanetarium.com

Day 1 (Friday, Oct 28)

4:30-7:30 pm – check-in

jpl_golf_course8:00 pm – cosmic cocktail reception / meet & greet

8:30 pm – dinner at Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, weekend overview

9:30 pm – stargazing and dark-sky photography workshop at Lake Annette, with professional astrophotographer / astrovideographer Ryan Bray

11:00 pm – return to hotel (longer stay under the stars if-requested)
Day 2 (Saturday, Oct 29)

9:30-10:00 am – solar telescope viewing at The Jasper Planetarium

10:00 am – stargazer’s breakfast, Embers Restaurant, Marmot Lodge

jasper_dark_sky_meteors10:45-11:15 am – presentation “Canada’s Wild Skies: Campsite Astronomy in our Nation’s Wild Spaces”, with astronomy journalist Peter McMahon

11:15-11:45 am – workshop: “Video astronomy…see the universe in LIVE colour” with Jasper Planetarium observing expert Matthew Parker

1:00-4:00 pm – Explore the Daytime Wonders of Jasper with former Parks Canada senior warden and SunDog Tours guide Wes Bradford
Locations may include:
-Athabasca Falls
-Pyramid Island
jasper-planetarium_local_constellations-6th Bridge
-Jasper Lake
-sulfur springs
-Horseshoe Lake
-tour of ghost mining settlement

4:30 pm – enjoy the signature dome experience in The Jasper Planetarium, with astronomy journalist Peter McMahon

6:15 pm – arrive at Jasper SkyTram Lower Station for 6:30 pm tram to the top of the mountain

6:30 pm – dinner at Jasper Skytram Upper Station, at Treeline Restaurant atop The Whistlers mountain

jasper_skytram_aurora_dipper7:30 pm – stargazing begins atop Whistlers Mountain (Halloween theme) with the staff of The Jasper Planetarium

8:20 pm – special Halloween presentation
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream

8:45 pm – stargazing continues

10:30 pm – tram down to Jasper SkyTram Lower Station

11:00 pm – return to hotel
Day 3 (Sunday, Oct 30)

10:00 am – “Eat like an astronaut” theme-breakfast

10:30 am – presentation during latter-half of breakfast
2016: A Space Entrée – 50 Years of Food In the Cosmos” with astronomy journalist Peter McMahon

11:30 am – 3:30 pm – free time in Jasper

aurora_over_jasper_planetarium_event_pyramid_island3:30 pm – 5:30 pm – OPTIONAL tour: Voyageur Canoe experience with Wild Current Outfitters

7:00 pm – celestial cocktail reception + “telescope show & tell”

7:30 pm – Solar System-themed dinner at Marmot Lodge, Embers Restaurant

9:00 pm – stargazing on Pyramid Island, with the staff of The Jasper Planetarium

11:00 pm – return to hotel (longer stay under the stars if-requested)
Day 4 (Monday, Oct 31)

10:00 am – aurora-watcher’s breakfast (with highlights of the Northern Lights from Jasper and around Alberta)

11:00 am presentation in restaurant: “Space Tourism for Ages 9-99” with astronomy author Peter McMahon

11:45 am – depart (thanks for joining us!)

 

 

NOVEMBER

3-days, 2-nights
Nov 4-6, 2016

SALE $599(regularly $899)*

book now / questions? call 1 888 786 3641 or email info@jasperplanetarium.com

Day 1 (Friday, Oct 28)

14117734_10207066824856632_8340086127216232532_n4:30-7:30 pm – check-in

8:00 pm – cosmic cocktail reception / meet & greet

8:30 pm – dinner at Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, weekend overview

9:30 pm – stargazing and dark-sky photography workshop at Lake Annette, with professional astrophotographer / astrovideographer Ryan Bray

11:00 pm – return to hotel (longer stay under the stars if-requested)
Day 2 (Saturday, Nov 5)

http://jasperplanetarium.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/jasper_planetarium_telescopes2.jpg9:30-10:00 am solar telescope viewing

10:00 am stargazer’s breakfast

10:45-11:15 am – dark sky presentation “Canada’s Wild Skies: Campsite Astronomy in our Nation’s Wild Spaces” with astronomy journalist Peter McMahon

11:15-11:45 am – workshop: “Video astronomy…see the universe in LIVE colour” with Jasper Planetarium observing expert Matthew Parker

1:00-4:00 pm – Explore the Daytime Wonders of Jasper with former Parks Canada senior pyramid islandwarden and SunDog Tours guide Wes Bradford
Locations may include:
-Athabasca Falls
-Pyramid Island
-6th Bridge
-Jasper Lake
-sulfur springs
-Horseshoe Lake
-tour of ghost mining settlement

6:00 pm – enjoy the signature dome experience in The Jasper Planetarium, with astronomy journalist Peter McMahon

7:00 pm – cocktail reception

Big Dipper at Maligne Canyon

Big Dipper at Maligne Canyon

7:30 pm – Solar System-themed dinner at Marmot Lodge, Embers Restaurant

9:00 pm – stargazing at Maligne Canyon, 5th Bridge, with the staff of The Jasper Planetarium

11:00 pm – return to hotel (longer stay under the stars if-requested)
Day 3 (Sunday, Nov 6)

10:00 am – “Eat like an astronaut” theme-breakfast

10:30 am – presentation during latter-half of breakfast
2016: A Space Entrée – 50 Years of Food In the Cosmos” with astronomy journalist Peter McMahon

11:00 am – depart (thanks for joining us!)

 

 

4-days, 3-nights
Nov 4-7, 2016

SALE $849(regularly $1,199)*

book now / questions? call 1 888 786 3641 or email info@jasperplanetarium.com

Day 1 (Friday, Oct 28)

4:30-7:30 pm – check-in

jasper_planetarium_old_fort_point_stargazing8:00 pm – cosmic cocktail reception / meet & greet

8:30 pm – dinner at Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, weekend overview

9:30 pm – stargazing and dark-sky photography workshop at Lake Annette, with professional astrophotographer / astrovideographer Ryan Bray

11:00 pm – return to hotel (longer stay under the stars if-requested)
Day 2 (Saturday, Nov 5)

9:30-10:00 am solar telescope viewing

10:00 am stargazer’s breakfast

10:45-11:15 am – dark sky presentation Canada’s Wild Skies: Campsite Astronomy in our Nation’s Wild Spaces, with astronomy journalist Peter McMahon

 

11:15-11:45 am – workshop: “Video astronomy…see the universe in LIVE colour” with Jasper Planetarium observing expert Matthew Parker

1:00-4:00 pm – Explore the Daytime Wonders aurora_over_jasper_planetarium_sept_2015_2of Jasper with former Parks Canada senior warden and SunDog Tours guide Wes Bradford
Locations may include:
-Athabasca Falls
-Pyramid Island
-6th Bridge
-Jasper Lake

-sulfur springs
-Horseshoe Lake
-tour of ghost mining settlement

6:00 pm – enjoy the signature dome experience in The Jasper Planetarium, with

Maligne Canyon Fifth Bridge

Maligne Canyon Fifth Bridge

astronomy journalist Peter McMahon

7:00 pm – cocktail reception

7:30 pm – Solar System-themed dinner at Marmot Lodge, Embers Restaurant

9:00 pm – stargazing at Maligne Canyon, 5th Bridge, with the staff of The Jasper Planetarium

11:00 pm – return to hotel (longer stay under the stars if-requested)
Day 3 (Sunday, Nov 6)

10:00 am – “Eat like an astronaut” theme-breakfast

10:30 am – presentation during latter-half of breakfast

stars_and_stargazers_at_jasper_planetarium_event_pyramid_island_aug_2015_david_howard

Event participants on Pyramid Island wait to see shooting stars fall during the annual Perseid Meteor shower while looking through our 16″ telescope – the largest in the Rockies. Photo by David Howard.

“2016: A Space Entrée – 50 Years of Food In the Cosmos” with astronomy journalist Peter McMahon

11:30 am – 3:30 pm – free time in Jasper

3:30 pm – 6:30 pm – OPTIONAL skiing at Marmot Basin (colder-weather-permitting) OR Voyageur Canoe experience with Wild Current Outfitters (warmer-weather-permitting)

7:00 pm – cocktail reception

7:30 pm – dinner at Pyramid Lake Resort

9:00 pm – stargazing on Pyramid Island, with the staff of The Jasper Planetarium

11:00 pm – return to hotel (longer stay under the stars if-requested)
Day 4 (Monday, Nov 7)

10:00 am breakfast at hotel

11:00 am presentation in restaurant: Space Tourism for Ages 9-99

11:45 am – depart (thanks for joining us!)

 

* all Jasper Planetarium Astronomy Retreat packages include hotel accommodation, breakfasts, dinners, lectures/workshops, tours, cocktail receptions, stargazing sessions, and transportation to all of the above (taxes, gratuities, transportation to and from Jasper, optional tours, and lunches not included)

package prices based on double-occupancy

views at all package stargazing sessions are weather-permitting – in the event of cloud, an alternate program will be presented