Welcome to Canada's first International
Dark Sky Community!

On August 3, 2015 the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) designated the Town of Bon Accord as an International Dark Sky Community. This made Bon Accord the first community in Canada and the eleventh in the world.

Read the joint press release from IDA and the Town of Bon Accord.

This designation was a design to showcase Bon Accord as rural community with the desire to grow in a niche focused on tourism and community development. This process was multi-faceted ranging from looking at lighting throughout the community, education on the appreciation of a dark rural sky and the importance of its cultural and environmental significance for generations to come.

The Town is working on a complete streetlight retrofit this year, public outreach and working with other communities in the goal of finding lighting efficiencies.

Bon Accord also wishes to welcome visitors year round to visit, shop and see a night sky which is just not possible in large communities. Being only 20 minutes we welcome everyone out for the experience!

Read the 2016 designation update.

Town Office

5025 – 50th Avenue

Monday –Friday

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Closed for lunch

Noon – 12:30 pm daily

Closed on all

statutory holidays

Phone: 780 921 3550

Fax: 780 921 3585

Mailing Address:

Box 779, Bon Accord, AB T0A 0K0