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The Best Places to Go Stargazing in Nova Scotia

The Best Places to Go Stargazing in Nova Scotia
Few things are quite as awe-inspiring as looking at the night sky. Here are some of the best stargazing opportunities in Nova Scotia.

Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Region

This entire part of the province is a prime area for stargazing, thanks to its dark skies and lack of light pollution. A popular spot to watch the stars is at the Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park.

Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Nove Scotia | © Tim Doucette

Baxters Harbour

Head to this small fishing village along the Bay of Fundy to see some of the most stunning night views. The illuminated sky combined with the sound of the waves is about as relaxing as it gets.

Baxters Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada

Deep Sky Eye Observatory

Visit the Deep Sky Eye Observatory in Tusket to get a guided tour of the night sky. You’ll learn about astronomy and observe the stars through binoculars and telescopes.

Deep Sky Eye Observatory, 338 Frotten Rd, Tusket, Canada, +1 902 648 2723

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Deep Sky Eye Observatory | © Tim Doucette

Trout Point Lodge

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Trout Point Lodge

View the stars at the luxurious Trout Point Lodge in the Acadian Shore region. The lodge has been selected as the world’s first Starlight hotel by the Starlight Foundation, which is backed by UNESCO. The lodge was chosen for its status as one of the best stargazing spots in North America. Onsite astronomers offer guided stargazing excursions and daytime interpretations of the sun using a daytime telescope.

Trout Point Lodge, 189 Trout Point Rd, East Kemptville, Canada, +1 902 482 8360

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Kejimkujik National Park

In 2010, Keji was designated as a Dark Sky Preserve, and on a clear night, it’s the perfect place to see shooting stars and constellations in the gorgeous night sky. It’s especially fun to go in the summer and early fall when they offer public astronomy programs.

Kejimkujik National Park, 3005 Main Parkway, Maitland Bridge, Nova Scotia, Canada, +1 902 682 2772

Peggy’s Cove

Tourists arrive by the busload to visit Peggy’s Cove during the day, but locals know that the time to go is at night when the stars come out. Just be careful not to get too close to the rocky edge! Every year, people die after slipping on the rocks, so stay on the main area to be safe.

Peggy’s Cove © Paul Bica/Flickr

Fisherman’s Cove

If you want to stay near Halifax, take the 25-minute drive out to Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage. The night sky here doesn’t quite rival the skies in the above-mentioned spots due to light from the city, but it’s still a great place to go!

Fisherman’s Cove, 4 Government Wharf Rd, Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, Canada, +1 902 465 6093