Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2018

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park Centre Block - 30 km South of Maple Creek on Highway 21

Wednesday August 8 to Monday August 13, 2018

Presented by the Saskatoon and Regina Centres of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada


With SSSP this year so early in the month compared to most years, the biggest weather related concerns last year about this year were heat, storms and smoke. Well, looks like next week is going to be hot – perhaps record hot for the Cypress Hills area and the hottest SSSP ever. A heads up “heat alert” to your SSSP attendees might be worth your consideration. Further information can be found HERE.


As of August 5, we still have 8 powered hook-up campsites available. If you are tenting or are self-sufficient with your RV (don’t need power) then we have a huge overflow area that can still accommodate 50 or more camp spots “on the grass.” Although the camp map looks pretty full, the Meadows campground is huge. Don’t hesitate to come; we’ll fit you in! Email if you have questions are regarding camping. Book through him, too.


We are looking forward to this year’s star party, the 22nd SSSP! We are currently busy planning for this year's SSSP and will update this site as soon as things are firmed up.

This year the SSSP coincides with the annual Perseid's meteor shower which is expected to peak the evening of August 12-13 but should also be active the evening of August 11-12.

Early registration closed June 29. Registration prices are now $10 more for each registration category. Other prices remain the same. If you have yet to register and intend to order banquet tickets, please let Rick Huziak know ASAP. There are only 13 banquet seats left ... book now!

The Resort released unbooked rooms in our block on July 2. If you still need Resort accomodations, call them ASAP as those released rooms will be quickly taken.


We are pleased to announce our confirmed speakers for this year:

We regret that James Edgar had to withdraw this year for medical reasons. We wish him well.

Other guests and additional information will be posted as information becomes available.


Shirt logo and colour, and pin design are now available for viewing. Further information can be found in the "Other" menu option and these items can be ordered through the "Register / Order" menu option.


We attempt to keep costs for the SSSP as low as possible, and for most events we operate on a break-even budget. But now and again inflation and rental fee changes catch up to us and we have to raise some of the prices. This year, we have made a few adjustments: registration has gone up by $5 per category (now $35 single, $45 couple, $55 family). Year pins are up by $1 (now $8). The barbecue is up by $2 (now $7) and the banquet is up by only $1 (now $38 adult, $24 child.) The cost of shirts and patches remain unchanged.


Our room block at the Resort runs from Thursday August 9 through Saturday August 11 nights. There is a mix of hotel rooms, townhouses (2 and 3 bedroom) and cabins (2 and 3 bedrooms). There are also a limited number of hotel rooms available for the Wednesday August 8 night.

Contact the Resort at 306-662-4477. Additional information about the Resort is available at their website.


Due to the park’s addition of a Seasonal Campground north of the Meadows campground and the Park Overflow area just to the west, we will be having more trouble restricting white light from car headlights or park overflow campers in some of our peripheral campsites. We strongly suggest that campers using Sites M1 – M30, M68, M114 – M117 set their equipment up in the main observing area, and only use your campsites for camping. We will be doing less white light patrolling in those areas. SSSP holds the star party in the Meadows to provide campsite power, water and the service centre, and for this convenience, we do share the area with nearby non-astronomer campers. The main observing area is very dark. See the Resort/Camping section for more information.


Some tenters have mentioned that some campsites are not suitable for tenting since the gravel pad area is too hard to pound pegs into and that there is no adjacent grass. These sites would be: M119 – M125, M61, M75, and some sites in the M129 – M135 range. See the Resort/Camping section for more information or inform the Registrar you are tenting.


Contact us at or call Rick Huziak at 306-665-3392 or Les Dickson at 306-249-1091.

Check back often for new developments and announcements.