Nature’s Nightlife – Attractions Before Dawn
Far from the vibrancy of big city nightlife, natural attractions are tapping into the potential for tourism after sundown – their unique products are a potpourri of adventure, discovery and unparalleled cultural experiences.
Lift up the eyes
Cities are ever expanding, thus increasing the luminous fog that veils our night sky. For urbanites, the chance to gaze at the stars is a privilege reserved for vacations away – our Milky Way has become a coveted tourist attraction.
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) has declared Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site the province’s only Dark Sky Preserve. This designation ensures that no matter the time of the year, visitors will undoubtedly have an unrivaled interstellar experience. The park aims to protect and promote its celestial views, to spread awareness of the effects of light pollution, and to create interpretation activities. Tourists can explore using astronomical instruments, enjoy a guided canoe excursion under the stunning panorama of stars, and listen to fireside stories that shed light on the overwhelming presence of astronomy in Aboriginal legends.
Source : Tourism Nova Scotia
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Discover in darkness
When the sun sleeps, much of nature’s wildlife awakens. Exploring our landscapes at night allows us a more profound and fulfilling experience.
Night safaris have attracted many tourists, people who want to see flora and fauna through a nocturnal lens. The Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, located in Saint Thomas (the gateway isle of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean) offers guided nighttime tours in their Crystal Clear Kayaks, equipped with LED lights. Visitors are able to observe sea life after dark, while their paddle-boarding tour guide explains the inner workings of the local ecosystem. Lured by the luminosity, nearby tarpons, rays and sea turtles will come and greet their floating guests.
Source : Marriott International
Learn nature’s culture
Although distant from city enters, natural environments also benefit from cultural richness. In the darkness of night, traditional displays animate the natural scenery – allowing outdoor enthusiasts to observe the often unseen side of wildlife.
Parks Canada offers a variety of inspiring nighttime activities, designed to unlock the mysteries of the different national parks’ nocturnal cultures. New Brunswick’s Kouchibouguac National Park is a prime exemple, hosting various activities that simultaneously entertain campers during the night, while teaching them about the culture of the region. Visitors can gather in a Wigwam and learn about Mi’kmaw traditions, sit around a campfire and listen to Acadian tales or enjoy a show at the outdoor theater.
Source : Doug Currie
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Analysis written by Camille Derelle Aubut
– Gendron, Stéphanie. “C’est à Kamouraska qu’on admire le plus beau coucher de soleil au Canada!“, Le Journal de Québec, 16 février 2017.
– Moore, Jamie. “Epic Moonlight: Night Activities for Adventurers“, Smarter Travel, March 6, 2017.
This trends in French : Exploiter le potentiel de la nuit en nature