Dark Sky Designations

 Nova Scotia's RASC Dark Sky Preserve


In July 2010, RASC declared Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site to be an official Dark Sky Preserve. Parks Canada made the application in June 2010 according to established guidelines with the assistance of RASC Halifax Centre. The DSP has an accessible core zone unspoiled by artificial light and sky glow. There is also be a public outreach component with facilities to help park visitors interpret and enjoy the night sky and to learn about the importance of natural skies to the environment. Be sure to visit the Sky Circle near the main campground. Watch for programs of native star lore along with scientific information about the sky.

2018 Keji Dark Sky Weekend: 

August 17–19

Keynote speaker: Kathryn Aurora Gray

SMU Science Student and Supernova Discoverer
"All about Supernovas"
Watch our video from the 2017 Dark Sky Weekend:

Kejimkujik Clear Sky Chart (mouse click on thumbnail)




 Nova Scotia's UNESCO Starlight Reserve

 In December 2014 UNESCO's Starlight Foundation declared a nearby area to be North America's first Starlight Preserve. named Acadian Skies & Mi'kmaq Lands.

Trout Point Lodge Clear Sky Chart (mouse click on thumbnail)




Light Pollution Chart of South West Nova Scotia

This segment of the light pollution map of North America clearly shows the urban light domes around Halifax and other maritime urban areas. The chart is centred on Kejimkujik National Park, which happens to have almost the darkest skies in Nova Scotia.

Example of Light Pollution in Prospect, Nova Scotia, near the city of Halifax

(middle right on the light pollution map)


 International Dark Sky Association

 RASC Light Pollution Abatement Resources

UNESCO Starlight Foundation

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