Visitors to Elk Island National Park have a unique opportunity to experience the night sky.
 
This Sunday (September 3), Milky Way Days takes place as part of the 12th Annual Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve Festival at the park.
 
As part of a dark sky preserve, Elk Island is committed to minimizing light pollution in the night sky.
 
"That can increase the visibility of things like meteor showers, the Aurora Borealis and night sky constellations, it can be a pretty awesome experience," said Catharine Brazeau, partnering engagement and communications officer with Elk Island National Park.
 
While the night sky is the main event, visitors can take a unique look during the day too.
 
Volunteers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will also be on site.

"They're coming equip with telescopes that are fairly powerful and that have special filters so that in the afternoon people can look at the sun, which is something you don't do very often because it's not recommended. At night, they'll be able to point out some stars that you might not see with your own eye," Brazeau added.
 
The event goes from 2:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Visitors to the park this weekend should be aware of the following:
- Liquor is not permitted in the park on long weekends.
- All camping in the park is fully booked.

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