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Dark Sky Guides

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Dark Sky Guides Ltd. offers guided interpretive stargazing tours that focus on the dark skies of Waterton Lakes National Park. Different tours are offered in various front-country and back-country locations and serve to educate tour participants...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta T0K 2M0, Canada
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

Down in Waterton in early August, we opted for the Dark Sky Guide's "Adventure Tour". They took us to a seemingly secret little spot of the park, and after handing out chairs, flashlights, and other extras to make the trek more comfortable, we embarked on...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LiamB1758
The-Dark-Sky-Guides, Owner at Dark Sky Guides, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2018

Thanks for the review Liam! It was great to have you on the tour with us - it certainly was a memorable one. On occasion, the weather doesn't completely cooperate for perfectly clear sky stargazing, but there's always something interesting and unique to experience in...More

Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

While in Waterton a few weeks back, I decided to take advice from a local and go on the Dark Sky "discovery" tour. I was slightly hesitant when booking the tour just because I had been on a couple of star gazing tours in other...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Matt L
The-Dark-Sky-Guides, Owner at Dark Sky Guides, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2018

Thank you for the Excellent Review Matt. We may be a new company, but we're certainly not new to offering top-notch guided experiences in Waterton Lakes National Park. We have over 40 years of combined experience between the four of us guiding in WLNP. Each...More

Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the Dark Sky hike. Chris and Mike are extremely knowledgeable and created a fun experience for our group of 6. We had a stellar view of the planets and constellations among other astronomical wonders with both our naked eyes...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kristin R
The-Dark-Sky-Guides, Owner at Dark Sky Guides, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2018

We're glad your group enjoyed the Dark Sky Adventure Tour, Kristin. Our Celestron NexStar 8SE is the perfect combination of portability and capability - perfect for viewing the moon, planets, stars, and deep sky objects in remote, backcountry locations! Hopefully Parks Canada will have opened...More

Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

Impressive • friendly - above and beyond • helpful • informative • Saturn was impressive • seeing the consolations in the sky was impressive

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank donn197
The-Dark-Sky-Guides, Owner at Dark Sky Guides, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2018

Hi Don! Thanks for the "Very Good" review! It sounds like your evening with us was memorable; it was certainly memorable for us! Keep Your Eyes on the Skies!

Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

Really great time. Very educational and informative. Loved your app to see the stars. The grandsons really enjoyed their time with you. Pierce loved seeing Saturn and hasn’t quit talking about it. Blaize also really had a great time. Thanks for everything including the hot...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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The-Dark-Sky-Guides, Owner at Dark Sky Guides, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

We're so glad that you had a great time! We're also very happy that the grandkids enjoyed themselves. We hope to inspire interest in astronomy in everyone who joins our tours and leave them wanting to continue to talk about and discover the universe around...More

Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

The stargazing experience exceeded expectations. Viewing Jupiter and some its moons, the rings of Saturn, the redness of Mars, and an amazing clear image of the moon was amazing. The use of equipment and the knowledge of the tour guides as fantastic. A highlight of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jeatons
The-Dark-Sky-Guides, Owner at Dark Sky Guides, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2018

Hi Jeatons! We are so glad that our stargazing experience was such a highlight of your trip! Astro-tourism really is in its infancy here in Waterton Lakes National Park, and it's great to hear such positive feedback! We promise to continue to grow and develop...More

Reviewed August 2, 2018

What a concept. Great equipment. Perfect location. A++ considering this is their first year in operation. We observed three planets.More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Roger C
The-Dark-Sky-Guides, Owner at Dark Sky Guides, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2018

Thank you for the great review, Roger! Every positive review we receive goes a long way to helping us not only develop our online reputation, but also improve our tour experience! We're proud of our 8" Celestron NexStar SE and 12" Dobsonian telescopes, but are...More

Reviewed July 26, 2018

This was a major highlight of our trip out west! My husband and I met them at the Waterton Community Center around 10pm and got back to the hotel about 12:15-12:30am. Mike and Keith were excellent guides, using a few different telescopes to see the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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The-Dark-Sky-Guides, Owner at Dark Sky Guides, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2018

We are so glad your stargazing experience was such a highlight of your trip, TravelerT2011. It was great that you were able to join us and we enjoyed being able to provide you with views of the night sky! The nights on either side of...More

Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

The two fellows who started this enterprise have certainly put a lot of heart into it and have really spared no expense to have top-notch equipment available for stargazers. We were there unfortunately for a cloudy night but using two telescopes, were able to see...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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The-Dark-Sky-Guides, Owner at Dark Sky Guides, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2018

Prosenesq, it was so nice that you were able to join us and we appreciate you providing a review here! As a brand new start-up business we really value feedback, which we will use to constantly grow and improve our business. Thank you for recognizing...More

Reviewed July 23, 2018

I have some astronomy background and have viewed the stars in a few different capacities. We decided to make a special trip down to Waterton specifically for the adventure tour and we had a great time! Our guides were very knowledgeable of the skies as...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Natasha D
The-Dark-Sky-Guides, Owner at Dark Sky Guides, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2018

Natasha, it was great that you were able to be a part of our inaugural Adventure Tour! It was wonderful to get to know you and we appreciate you taking the time to provide a review on TripAdvisor! Remember to Keep Your Eyes on the...More

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Angela_Fok
February 4, 2019|
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Response from The-Dark-Sky-Guides | Property representative |
Hi Angela_Fok! We just recently updated our 2019 tour offerings and for the month of August, tour start times are as follows: July 29 - Aug 18: 22:30 Aug 19 - Sept 1: 22:00 Remember that tours are approximately 2 hours... More
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Tabassum C
January 8, 2019|
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Response from The-Dark-Sky-Guides | Property representative |
Hi there! Thank you for the question. Unfortunately, our tours involve travel along unpaved hiking/walking trails, which are not really wheelchair-friendly. That being said, we may be able to create a custom/private... More
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fkbukaty
June 13, 2018|
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Response from The-Dark-Sky-Guides | Property representative |
Hi, Take a look at our website for the latest prices. Click on the "Book Now" button (found across the website) to browse the calendar for availability and to make reservations! If you have any difficulties, please send... More
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