5 Reasons For Space Lovers to Book A Flight To Canada Now

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As fall turns to winter, the last place you are probably thinking of heading is Jasper, Alberta, Canada. As snow has already fallen on this National Park located in the Canadian Rockies along the Athabasca River, October may not be your ideal time to visit. Still, space lovers there is one thing happening this October, you are not going to want to miss. The Jasper Dark Sky Festival. Ready to check out one of the coolest space experiences you can have on earth?

Keynote With Brian Cox and Phil Plait

Physicist Brian Cox and astronomer Phil Plait team up on October 20, 2017 to address some of the hottest topics about space. They will share their knowledge on space discoveries and express their opinions on the many unknowns of the universe. Want to know if we are doomed to be hit by an asteroid or if aliens really do exist? These two are sharing what they know in this duo keynote address. Bonus: They are both known for being funny, engaging and down to earth humans who happen to know more about space than most of us.

Symphony Under the Stars

Turn off your electronics and tune into one of the most beautiful experiences on earth as jazz musicians Tommy Banks and PJ Perry team up with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for the Symphony Under the Stars. Jasper National Park is one of the world?s largest Dark Sky preserves and the perfect place to combine your love of science and music. With no artificial light pollution, your senses will be even more tantalized. Bonus: As part of the Dark Sky Festival, you can book a Symphony Package which includes two nights accommodation at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, a Friday night welcome reception, a Saturday three course dinner and two tickets to the concert. At $529 a night, that?s less than you would normally expect to pay for a stay at the luxurious hotel.

Space Talks

Join a panel full of experts as they discuss everything from space travel, mars and beyond. Panelists include astrophysicist Rob Thacker, Scientific American Contributing Editor John Rennie and Rocket Scientist Natalie Panek. Get an inside look at when you?ll be able to finally head to space as a tourist. We believe it?s not that far in the future.

Star Gazing at Its Finest

The Jasper Dark Sky preserve spans 11,000 square km. It?s the perfect place to experience the best star gazing planet earth has to offer. Check out the Planetarium Dome and Telescope Experience Combo being offered until October 28, 2017. You?ll first get a guided tour in the dome theatre of local aboriginal First Nations constellations and the Northern Lights before taking a virtual interactive ride above the Canadian rockies to the edge of the universe. Once your virtual tour ends, step outside into the most beautiful reality to check out the sky through the largest and most powerful telescopes in the rockies. If you?re lucky and the Canadian weather cooperates, you?ll be able to enjoy a guided tour of meteors as they fall. Bonus: Local experts will help with DLSR tips for photographing the stars and Northern Lights.

Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Fly into Calgary, Alberta and journey along the renowned Icefield Parkway past the bluest glacier-fed lakes you?ll ever see. Stop to take in the incredible sweeping valley views and even walk atop some of the ancient glaciers. Pack warm and prepare yourself for one of the literally coolest experiences on earth.

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