Author Archives: Peter McMahon

Mont-Mégantic SkyNews dark sky column – web extras

Back in August of this past year, I had the chance to tour the Canadian dark sky preserve that is perhaps most shrouded in mystery for most Canadians (and that’s a shame) Mont-Mégantic International Dark Sky Reserve in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. … Continue reading

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Fundy SkyNews dark sky column – web extras

Back in May of this year, I had the chance to tour the dark sky preserves of Canada’s Maritime provinces (five in-all.) One of my favourites – day or night – was New Brunswick’s Fundy National Park and The Hopewell … Continue reading

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Kejimkujik SkyNews dark sky column – web extras

Back in May of this year, I had the chance to tour the dark sky preserves of Canada’s Maritime provinces (all five of them!) First-up was Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik National Park, a few hours south of Halifax, not far inland … Continue reading

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Photos from upcoming article on Wood Buffalo national park

This September, I spent a week in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories and Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada’s latest dark sky preserve. At 44,000 square km, “Wood Buff’” is now the Link to this post!

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Kouchibouguac SkyNews dark sky column – web extras

In the September/October 2013 issue of SkyNews magazine, I took the first look at the dark sky preserves of Eastern Canada. Over the next year, I’ll have reports from a dark sky preserve in Nova Scotia, Quebec, and five in … Continue reading

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Wild astro gear column in SkyNews magazine: web extras

In the July/August 2013 issue of SkyNews magazine, I took a break from specific stargazing locales in my Wilderness Astronomer column to recommend the top 5 “killer apps” – figuratively and literally – for stargazing in the great outdoors. As … Continue reading

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Kawartha Highlands column in Sky News magazine: web extras

In the May/June 2013 issue of Sky News magazine, I write in my Wilderness Astronomer column about a dark sky preserve that never-was. At times, Ontario Parks calls it a “Provincial Park“…at other times, it’s a “Signature Site“.  Link to … Continue reading

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Web extras for Sky News column on the Bluewater Dark Sky Preserve

Despite being home to Canada’s first dark sky preserve in 1999 (Torrance Barrens in the Muskokas) Ontario spent the decade that followed that achievement lagging behind provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan in both quantity and quality of dark sky preserves. … Continue reading

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Peterborough Planetarium debuts custom wilderness environments

Science journalist/author/”Wilderness Astronomer” Peter McMahon and accomplished astrophotographer and amateur astronomer Rick Stankiewicz are proud to announce the opening of The Peterborough Planetarium – Durham and The Kawarthas’ newest attraction and educational facility. Views under the dome will eventually include … Continue reading

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Staff training at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Thanks to Stefanie Hamilton and the rest of the Jasper Park Lodge staff for putting me up for two weeks during year two of Dark Skies month here. Over the last two years, Link to this post!

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