The annual Perseid Meteor Shower

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower

View the Perseid Meteor Shower at the top of the Kicking Horse gondola

Astronomers are predicting this year’s Perseid shower to produce double the number of meteors as usual.

Eagle’s Eye restaurant at 7,700 feet is about as close as you’re going to get to see the yearly Perseid meteor shower.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is offering guests the unique experience of witnessing the astrological phenomenon from the top of the gondola.

“It’s going to be pretty amazing. The view from up there, even just watching the sunset is incredible, and most people don’t get to see it in the summer because the restaurant doesn’t have regular dinner service,” said Emile Lavoie social media, marketing and events coordinator with the resort.

The main event, of course, won’t begin until dark. But the resort is offering a buffet at Eagle’s Eye so that families can come up early with the kids.

“They can come up with the little ones and eat, watch the sunset. And if it’s too late for the kids, they can head back down the gondola. But at least it’s a chance for families to be up at the top in the evening,” added Lavoie.

In the past the event has been marred by bad weather, but organizers are particularly excited this year because the event matches up perfectly with the peak of the meteor shower.

Not to mention the fact that astronomers are predicting this year’s Perseid shower to produce double the number of meteors as usual, meaning if the sky is clear you can expect to see a few meteors every minute.

There will also be an expert on hand to talk about it. Astronomer Doug Thorp, from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, will be bringing his telescope to give guests an especially close look at the shower.

After the dinner, the restaurant will be closed. But stargazers can grab a tower mat and hang out on the patio, where a bar will be set up for them to enjoy a coffee and Bailey’s (or any other beverage) while watching the meteor shower.

“For anyone who is interested in experiencing a very unique event, this will be great,” said Lavoie.

But remember to dress warm and maybe even bring a blanket, as temperatures will drop to around 5 degrees.

The Perseid Meteor Shower and Dinner Extravaganza is on Friday Aug. 12, with the gondola uploading from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for the buffet. For more information and ticket prices, go to www.kickinghorseresort.com.

 

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