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Dark-Sky Sites:

British Columbia






Town: Abbotsford

Observing site: McDonald Park

Contact person: Paul Greenhalgh

Telephone number: (604) 853-3350


Restrictions: None, however it should be noted that if you are not a member of the Fraser Valley Astronomers Society (FVAS) and are visiting the park after hours, security will arrive to close the gates at the park. It is strongly advised that if you wish to remain at the park, to please leave your car outside the gate, so as not to run the risk of being locked in. This will also mean that you will have to pack out your equipment later. Also note that Security also locks the washrooms at the park if no FVAS member is present.

Directions: From Vancouver, take Highway #1 east to exit 104.  Turn left and head toward Sumas Mountain.  McDonald Park is down that road.  See for a map or click here to create a Google map.

Current weather:  Click for Abbotsford, British Columbia Forecast


Typical naked-eye magnitude limit on a clear, moonless night:

6.1 to 6.3 at last measurement, but as the immediate area darkens due to quality lighting those numbers may increase. Or so it is hoped.

     At the zenith: 6.3
     East: 5.5
     West: 6.0
     North: 6.2
     South: 6.3

Best horizon: South 4 degrees

Worst horizon: North 75 degrees (Mountain)

Comments from contributor:  Although the park is primarily for day use, it has also been designated as a Dark-Sky Preserve. The Fraser Valley Astronomers Society has been granted special privilege to use the park at their discretion. The park has ample parking, as well as full running washrooms. There is no electrical power to date in the park, but it is being proposed. Streetlights in the immediate area have been replaced with to full cut-off fixtures, the neighbouring farm has also converted its yard lights to full cut-off yard lighting, and the department of highways has removed several street lights.


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