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Waterton-Glacier becomes first certified international transboundary Dark Sky Preserve

By Tim Kalinowski on August 13, 2021.

A brilliant night sky arises over the bison paddock in Waterton Lakes National Park. Dark sky park certification will help preserve these view into the future. Photo: Chinara Adhofer/Parks Canada

LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com

Waterton-Glacier became the first certified international transboundary Dark Sky Preserve as of Thursday.
Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta and Glacier National Park in Montana made the announcement in a press release that they have received full certification after meeting the International Dark Sky lighting requirements
Waterton-Glacier International Dark Sky Park has installed dark sky-friendly lighting while ensuring lighting used is necessary for public safety. These lights and fixtures reduce the harmful impacts of artificial lighting on wildlife, protect human health and preserve night skies for optimal viewing.
“The dark skies in the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park truly are spectacular,” says Ron Hallman President and Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada “Designation of the Peace Park as the world’s first international transboundary Dark Sky Park shows the world our commitment to protecting the environment, while offering opportunities for visitors to connect with nature, even at night.”
“Dark night skies are an important wilderness characteristic at Glacier National Park,” concurs Pete Webster, Acting Superintendent, Glacier National Park. “Clearly seeing the expanse of the universe increases a person’s sense of solitude well beyond that of the terrestrial landscape. A Dark Skies designation aids International Peace Park visitors in finding their own wilderness solitude.”
According to the release sent out Thursday afternoon, Dark Sky Park certification helps raise awareness about light pollution and highlights how Waterton-Glacier International Dark Sky Park is reducing the impacts of outdoor lighting. It also provides opportunities for visitors to experience the night sky at its best in both parks.

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