Terra Nova National Park was designated as a Dark Sky Preserve in March 2018 by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. As part of the Dark Sky Preserve Program, Terra Nova is committed to protecting the nighttime environment, reducing energy consumption. This includes adjusting, retrofitting, or eliminating light fixtures as well as promoting and delivering new educational and interpretive programs on astronomy and other dark sky themes. The designation is the first in Newfoundland and Labrador and the twentieth in Canada. “It was recently designated a dark sky preserve. It’s a long distance from any major source of light, stars fill the sky completely, just about every constellation is visible, even faint ones.”
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!