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Spruce Woods Star Party 2016

September 2, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - September 5, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

Early bird registration extended to Monday August 29th! Register now to save $20! Details below!

SWSP logo 2016


Come enjoy the dark skies of Spruce Woods and spend a long weekend with astronomy enthusiasts of all walks of life!

When: Friday, September 2nd at 3:00PM to Monday, September 5th at 12:00PM

Where: Spruce Woods Provincial Park (in the Winter Recreation Area)

To take part in this event, you must be a RASC member.  To join, visit http://www.rasc.ca/join-us.

  • Free park entry for the September long weekend
  • Speakers: Ian Cameron, Sheila Wiwchar and Alan Macklem
  • Binocular Sky Tour with Gerry Smerchanski
  • Prizes include Paragon Plus parallelogram mount with Celestron 15×70 binoculars, Sky Watcher Heritage Series telescope, Antares 8×40 binoculars, astronomy books and more!!  Courtesy of Sean Ceasar and Side Lines Distribution.


Registration is now open!! Early bird deadline extended to August 29th. Click here to download the registration form.

Maps & Directions

Directions to Observing field from Winnipeg via Hwy. 1 or Hwy. 2 (Google Maps)
Campground map and route to Observing field and Interpretive Centre (new map for 2016)

Camping and Accomodations

Option 1: SWSP Observing field (most recommended) – This is where most members gather to share their passion for astronomy.  It is an open field in the Winter Use Area with trees far enough away to give an open dark sky.  There is no service but non-modern toilets are available.

Option 2: Campsite at the Kiche Manitou Campground – Located about 0.5 km from the observing field.  Electrical and basic sites available.  Reservations start April 4th at 7:00AM.  Visit http://prspub.gov.mb.ca or call 204-948-3333 (in Winnipeg) or 1-888-482-2267 toll-free to reserve a site.

Option 3: Yurts at Kiche Manitou Campground – Reservations started on March 21st.  Yurts are currently all reserved.  Check http://prspub.gov.mb.ca for availability should someone cancel their reservation.

Option 4: If camping isn’t your style, there are many lodgings nearby for you to rest when you’re done your night under the stars. The following PDF contains some of the places you may be interested in.

Click here for a list of lodgings


The schedule is full of exciting events!  Click here to view it.

Useful links

Weather forecast from Environment Canada

Clear Sky Chart

This week’s sky from Skynews

Heavens Above

Star Party Etiquette

The Spruce Woods Star Party is a Red-Light Only Zone from sundown to sun-up. Do not use white lights.

To view the revised etiquette for this year’s star party, click here.

Photos from last year’s star party

(courtesy of Bryan Stach)

click on photo for a larger version




September 2, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
September 5, 2016 @ 12:00 pm


Spruce Woods Star Party Committee

Regular Events

Every second Friday of the month, we host our monthly meetings. They are free and open for all to attend, and are located in the Robert Schultz Lecture Theatre at St. John’s College in the U of M.

Meetings start at 7pm with our Beginner’s talk, which are designed for novice astronomers who are just beginning in the hobby. Then, we have updates on the latest astronomical news, and also discuss what is up to observe in the night sky that month. The main talk typically runs from 9pm to 10pm, where we have a variety of guest speakers who share their knowledge and expertise of astronomy.

Near the end of each summer, the Winnipeg RASC holds its annual Spruce Woods Star Party, held at Spruce Woods Provincial Park near Carberry, Manitoba. All current RASC members are welcome to join for a weekend of astronomy workshops and long nights of observing.