5 Best Places to Sleep Under Stars

Vast, open spaces and dark skies make these five Canadian locales the perfect place for outdoor celestial slumber

If you’ve never tried sleeping under the stars sans tent – or even just rolled out your sleeping bag under to lie under a clear night sky for a few hours – you better put these five campsites, resorts and parks on your must-visit list this summer. Located in tranquil, open spaces far from light pollution, these unique places are your best chance to see celestial wonders such as planets, shooting stars, the Milky Way galaxy and the Northern Lights before drifting off under a ceiling of stars.  

Green Point Campground (Pacific Rim National Park, BC)
Not only can you fall asleep under the stars at the Green Point Campground in Pacific Rim National Park on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island, you can also be lulled to sleep by lapping waves at this popular beachside campsite. Located on the shores of Long Beach, Green Point Campground is a great spot for taking in the sunset and watching the stars appear over the ocean, as it’s hundreds of kilometres away from the nearest city but close enough to the small town of Tofino so you’re not far from amenities. There are 94 drive-in and 20 walk-in sites available for overnight campers, as well as hot showers, potable water and electricity.

Grasslands National Park (Val Marie, SK)
For a true unobstructed view of the night sky, head to the vast and beautiful Grasslands National Park, just outside of Val Marie, Saskatchewan. There are several options for camping, including front country camping at the Frenchman Valley Campground (which features fire pits, lantern hangers, picnic tables and access to vault toilets), backcountry camping, equestrian camping and even teepee camping, all featuring incredible views and the opportunity to spend the night beneath a canopy of billions of brilliant stars.

Kejimkujik National Park (Nova Scotia Peninsula, NS)
For those looking for a backcountry adventure before setting up camp under a sea of stars, head to Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia. Designated by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as a Dark Sky Reserve, Kejimkujik National Park protects the nighttime environment by limiting the use of artificial lighting, so you know you’re in for a celestial treat on a clear night after a day of hiking. Kejimkujik has over 100 km of trails with several backcountry campsites with clear views of the night sky along the way, which are only accessible by foot or canoe.

Prelude Lake Beach (Yellowknife, NWT)
If viewing the Aurora Borealis is on your summer must-do list, your best chance to see this stunning natural lightshow is to head to the North West Territories. Along the Ingraham Trail in Yellowknife, you’ll find dozens of campgrounds, picnic sites and scenic lake views, all assessable by vehicle.  If you’re looking to get some great photos of the Aurora Borealis, there are walk-in campsites with raised wooden platforms at the Prelude Lake Beach area with an incredible view of the lake and night sky.

Cedar Spring Campground (Georgian Bay Islands National Park, ON)
Just a couple of hours north of Toronto is Georgian Bay Islands National Park, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago and the perfect spot to escape the city lights and camp out next to the sea under the stars. Board the passenger ferry to Beausoleil Island and find a quiet spot at the fully-serviced Cedar Spring Campground near the ferry terminal or at one of the secluded backcountry campsites.



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