August 16, 2021
Astronomers in US and Canada Have Marvelous New Dark Sky Park
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, which straddles the border of the Canada and the US, comprising Glacier National Park and Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park, has recently been certified as an International Dark Sky Park.
“The dark skies in the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park truly are spectacular,” said Ron Hallman, president and CEO of Parks Canada. “Designation of the Peace Park as the world’s first international transboundary Dark Sky Park shows the world our commitment to protecting the environment, while offering opportunities for visitors to connect with nature, even at night.”
The skies there are already clear and free from light pollution cast by major metropolitan areas, but to achieve Dark Sky status, officials replaced harsh streetlights with LEDs, and added other more light-friendly fixtures.
“Dark night skies are an important wilderness characteristic at Glacier National Park,” said Pete Webster,
Acting Superintendent, Glacier National Park. “Clearly seeing the expanse of the universe increases a person’s sense of solitude well beyond that of the terrestrial landscape. A Dark Skies designation aids International Peace Park visitors in finding their own wilderness solitude.”