How about the peace and quiet of the outdoors? Then the Dark Sky Highway is definitely for you! BC Highway 3, known as the Crowsnest Highway, has also been known as the Dark Sky Highway for many years, as there are no major cities along this route, which in turn limits any light pollution at night. It’s the perfect Canadian road trip, including everything from the Rockies to hot springs to resort towns. During the night, you’ll notice the dark sky along the entire highway due to large protected areas of land with no light pollution. And during the day, it’s full of fun and adventure!
e portion of Highway 3 within the Hope, Cascades & Canyons Region runs from Hope to East Gate (approximately 85 km), a small cabin community on the eastern side of E.C. Manning Provincial Park. In between, you will find the massive protected area of Manning Provincial Park, the small community of Sunshine Valley just outside of the West Gate of the park, and the popular roadside viewpoint at the Hope Slide. All areas offer year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, and of course the incredible night skies.
The Dark Sky in Manning Park offers some of the best stargazing around. With multiple viewing locations and very limited light pollution, the views are incredible. Some recommended viewing locations are the Lightning Lake Day use (year-round), Cascade Lookout (in the summer), or even in Windy Joe’s Field near the resort. Look for Dark Sky events scheduled throughout the year, such as Guided Snowshoe Tours and Moonlight Nordic Ski Downs. Astronomy weekends in 2020 will take place on October 16 – 18.
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