Stars in Your Eyes in the Eastern Townships!
 
Destinations to explore August 7, 2017
Perseids, photo: Remi Boucher
Perséïdes, crédit photo: Remi Boucher

If you find astronomy fascinating, a visit to Parc national du Mont-Mégantic is a must. Located at the heart of the First International Dark Sky Reserve, this provincial park in the Eastern Townships is known for its wild nature, hiking trails, and most of all, its incomparable sky sprinkled with thousands of stars visible like nowhere else. Explore the wonders of space and celebrate the Reserve’s 10-year anniversary.


Discover the First International Dark Sky Reserve and the ASTROLab

The Mont-Mégantic International Dark Sky Reserve, the very first certified by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), is constantly working to fight light pollution and preserve the access to a true dark sky experience for all. This is also where you’ll find the ASTROLab, a centre of activities about astronomy for the public that presents captivating exhibitions and offers visits of the observatory, home of the most powerful telescope in Canada.

Parc national du Mont-Mégantic, photo: Guillaume Poulin
Parc national du Mont-Mégantic, crédit photo: Guillaume Poulin

A can’t-miss eclipse

On August 21, 2017, a partial eclipse will be visible, and there won’t be a better place than the ASTROLab to witness it. The entire staff will be there to welcome visitors with themed exhibits that will teach them more about this phenomenon. Special programming will also be offered in September as part of the Journées de la culture (Culture Days) event.

Explore the park on a hike

The Parc national du Mont-Mégantic is an ideal spot for travellers who love long hikes. It is divided into two sectors – De l’Observatoire and Franceville – and has a total of 60 km (37 mi.) of trails, as well as three summits over 1,000 metres tall (over 3,000 feet). You can expect lots of amazing views!

Make your vacation longer: stay on site

You’ll find many options for accommodations directly in the park. There are 37 campsites, Huttopia tents, shelters and EXP cabins with names of planets in the Solar System. This is a popular park, so think ahead and book in advance. The Eastern Townships also offers non-traditional lodging. What better way to relax than by looking up at the sky and gazing at the stars!

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