Join us for a guided ‘tour’ in our 40-seat domed theatre live with our knowledgeable astronomy guides. See constellations and recent views of the Jasper Northern Lights.
- Adult Ages 18+
- Adult - WSW + FOF Ages 18+
- Youth Ages 4-17
- Youth - WSW + FOF Ages 4-17
The world’s largest accessible astronomy park!
In addition to being the world’s largest, most accessible dark sky preserve, Jasper is also one of the smallest towns in North America with its own planetarium.
Enjoy an entertaining, fun-filled evening of astronomy. This full program includes both Planetarium Experience & Jasper Telescope Experience.
Planetarium Experience — indoors
Welcome to a virtual guided tour in our inflated, domed theatre with a LIVE local astronomy guide. Orbit the earth, looking down on night time storms and the auroras. Explore local constellations, the Northern Lights, the Milky Way, and right to the edge of the universe from Jasper Dark Sky Preserve. Includes time for a Q&A with staff. Duration: 40 minutes.
Telescope Experience — outdoors, dress warmly
Telescopes 101: Join us outside the planetarium for an interactive guided tour of the largest, most powerful telescope in the Rockies. An explanation of how telescopes work. A look at the latest archived imagery from our telescopes in Jasper. A look at how to photograph the sky with your DSLR camera. Also, if the skies are clear enough, we will offer hands-on viewing through our telescopes next to the planetarium. Please note that for daytime viewings, if the skies are clear enough, we will offer hands-on safety-filtered views of the sun, the moon – depending on the time of the month, and bright planets if any are in the sky, through our telescopes next to the planetarium. The daytime tour price also INCLUDES FREE admission to our evening Telescope Experience. Duration: 60-90 minutes.
NOTE: The Telescope Experience is a learning opportunity with weather permitting views of the sky. While we do not need the sky to be completely clear to use our telescopes, we CAN NOT guarantee clear skies. We DO NOT provide refunds if the skies are too cloudy, but will offer a “rain check” to re-book for another date.
Wild Sky Wednesdays and Far Out Fridays
Add an unforgettable experience onto your already out-of-this-world combo tour! Only an additional $20 for adults and $10 for youths.
Available on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the summer.
Please note: transportation is NOT included for this activity. This tour requires a minimum of 10 participants to run. If this number is not met before the start time, participants will join the rest of our Planetarium/Telescope COMBO guests for the evening and be refunded the difference in price.
Meet at the Jasper Planetarium – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, 1 Old Lodge Road (at the planetarium desk in the Main Lodge) then drive together to the binocular location (after dome and telescope experience at the planetarium)!
Join local astronomy guides from The Jasper Planetarium for an out-of-this-world Rocky Mountain evening experience:
- Includes our world-exclusive Planetarium dome theatre experience AND Telescope Experience, both with local astronomy guide.
- Then, travel to a specially-selected site in the world’s largest accessible dark sky preserve.
- Laser-guided tour of naked-eye constellations and planets (if visible).
- Learn together with binoculars we supply and look at our Milky Way and deep space objects for yourself.
- Get tips on how to use your DSLR camera to photograph auroras and the Milky Way.
- If weather permits, you’ll also enjoy a guided tour of live objects in space as seen through our telescopes.
Duration: up to 3 hours, come and go as you like
NOTE: The Binocular Experience is a learning opportunity with many outdoor activities that are not weather-dependent and weather-permitting views of the sky. While we DO NOT need the sky to be completely clear to use our binoculars, we CAN NOT guarantee clear skies. We DO NOT provide refunds if skies are too cloudy to observe with our binoculars, but can offer a “rain check” to re-book for another date if desired.