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