Dark Skies

Each dark skies event with Meewasin is unique - for Saskatchewan is renowned for its skies and the changing wonders within them. From awe-inspiring sunsets to captivating sunrises, and the stargazing opportunities in between, these events showcase why our province is known as the Land of Living Skies.

Join us as we visit different sites around the Meewasin Valley to learn about our dark skies and why they are so important.

Upcoming Events

Photographing the Milky Way, Part II

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Join us for a magical evening under the stars at Poplar Bluffs with Tim Yaworski, the Living Sky Guy. As night falls, witness the Milky Way come to life.

The evening begins with an introduction by Meewasin, followed by a photography workshop where you'll learn how to capture the beauty of the Milky Way. This hands-on experience is perfect as we enter the peak season for Milky Way viewing.

Explore the starry night through telescopes, binoculars, and the new SeeStar smart telescope while enjoying a hot beverage of your choice.

All proceeds from this tour support Meewasin’s conservation in the river valley, making this a truly sustainable experience.

Date: Friday, July 26, 2024

Backup Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024

Time: 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM 

Location: Poplar Bluffs (map)

Guided Workshop: As the skies darken, the Milky Way will start to reveal itself. Enjoy a presentation by Tim Yaworski who will describe what we’re viewing.

Learn: How to photograph the milky way, and practice of taking photos as we come into the milky way season.

Explore:Explore the starry night through telescopes, binoculars, and the new SeeStar smart telescope while enjoying a hot beverage of your choice.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Your ticket price includes:

  • 3-hour experience led by a Meewasin guide
  • Astrophotography Workshop with special guest Tim Yarowski
  • The chance to view the night sky via telescope, including the new SeeStar smart telescope
  • 1 complimentary beverage (tea, coffee or hot chocolate)

WHAT’S EXCLUDED
Your ticket price does NOT include:

  • Transportation to and from Paradise Beach
  • Camera equipment – if you are interested in practicing during the program, please bring a camera with you

Limited availability: From past experience we know that these events sell out quickly! Due to the nature of the site, this experience will be capped at 24 participants and is limited to ages 18+

We recommend that you bring a blanket and flashlight with you. We will have red cellophane filters for all light devices for safe dark sky viewing.

Dress for the weather and come prepared to walk on uneven surfaces. Proper outerwear will make your experience more enjoyable and good footwear is a must!

Please bring a full water bottle to carry with you (there is no potable water on-site).

Paradise Beach is a natural area. We ask guests to tread lightly. Please refrain from littering or smoking on site. 

Caution: Our event takes place by the river’s edge on a large sandy beach. We ask that you stay back from the water’s edge and be respectful of other patrons enjoying the site.

No washrooms are available on site. 

The river valley is a natural habitat for ticks. Ticks may be present on site. Please do a thorough tick check at the end of your visit.

For any inquiries, contact events@meewasin.com

Due to the features of this activity, this experience is not considered accessible for guests with limited mobility.
Dark Skies experiences can be weather dependent; however, our programs typically go rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and come prepared to be outdoors for the duration of the event. In the event that the skies are not suitable for viewing, a postponement to our backup date will be announced.

In the event of extreme weather, our staff will contact you to discuss alternate options.