The 32nd annual Mt. Kobau Star Party will begin at dusk August 8, 2015 and will end at dawn August 16, 2015

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  346 days until 2015 MKSP

Frequently Asked Questions

A beautilf Kobau sunrise

If you can stay awake, a Kobau sunrise is worth the wait.

  • CAN I CAMP ON MT. KOBAU BEFORE OR AFTER THE STAR PARTY?
  • No. The provincial government does not permit overnight camping at this Provincial Recreation site except for registered MKSP attendees during the Mount Kobau Star Party.
  • DO I NEED TO PRE-REGISTER?
  • No. Most attendees elect to register upon arrival at Mt. Kobau. You'll choose your own camping spot at that time, on a first-come first-served basis. You won't find prime sites marked "reserved" at MKSP -- not even for our staff.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
  • We think you'll agree, MKSP's fee schedule is remarkably simple and our prices very reasonable. Click on the "Cost & Registration" menu item for details.
  • ARE THERE OTHER COSTS, FOR TALKS, TOURS, CONTEST ENTRANCE, ETC.?
  • Talks, tours, workshops, contests -- all these are covered in your admission fee. Souvenir items are available at affordable prices.
  • WHAT OTHER TOURIST SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
  • Many people who've attended MKSP say they like the relaxing, non-commercial atmosphere at our star party. We've tried to preserve that. As a result, you'll find Mt. Kobau is essentially a wilderness camp-out. The nearest stores, gas stations, indoor lodging etc. are in the town of Osoyoos, about 1 hour's drive from the summit.
  • IS THERE RUNNING WATER OR ELECTRICITY AVAILABLE ON SITE?
  • No. You must bring all your own drinking and washing water. If you have electrically powered equipment, you must run it off batteries or generators. Please ensure generators are well muffled so as not to compromise the stillness of the night, or sleep time in the morning!
  • ARE THERE TOILETS?
  • Yes! In addition to one permanent outhouse, we rent several portable outhouses for the event, and set them up at various locations around the site.
  • WHERE IS THE NEAREST SHOWER?
  • Perhaps in your neighbor's RV. Otherwise, there are pay-showers at the Husky gas station at the junction of Highway 3 and 97 in Osoyoos, about a one hour drive away. Sponge baths were rarely so attractive!
  • WILL I HAVE LENGTHY DELAYS AT CUSTOMS BECAUSE I AM BRINGING EXPENSIVE ASTRONOMICAL EQUIPMENT FROM THE U.S. INTO CANADA?
  • If you are a U.S. resident and will not be selling any of the equipment you are bringing into Canada, you should have no such problems.
  • I'VE HEARD THE ROAD TO THE SUMMIT IS ROUGH. DO I NEED A 4-WHEEL DRIVE?
  • The road IS rough, but not exceptionally so by backroad standards. It is also exceptionally wide, and there are no "white-knuckle" corners or steep hills. Everything from small sports cars to 35' motorhomes have made the ascent without incident. You certainly don't need a 4WD, but your vehicle should be in reasonably good repair, and you must drive with caution. We suggest you allow about 45 minutes for the trip up, but you may want to take longer simply to admire the view, which is frequently breathtaking!