If you’ve ever looked up at a night sky from downtown Vancouver, you’ve probably noticed a lot of nothing. Even on a clear night, you’re unlikely to see stars. The city lights are just too bright for stargazing.
So what’s a star lover to do? Get out of town.
There are some incredible starscapes out there. The key is finding a dark place, far from the ghostly glow of city lights, which can carry for miles and miles. The usual suspects for great Vancouver views – like Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour – won’t do because the sky is still too bright. But one of the most popular spots for hobbyists and amateur astronomers – and people who just like to spot the Big Dipper – is Porteau Cove Provincial Park, approximately one hour northwest of Vancouver along the Sea to Sky Highway.
I checked out Porteau Cove on a recent night, which happened to correspond to forecasts of Northern Lights … the wavy green streaks in the night sky common at higher latitudes and on rare occasions even visible in the Lower Mainland. Continue reading:
Finding the Best Stargazing Spot in Vancouver