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Harvest Moon To Be Visible Over Metro Vancouver Tonight

photo: aaronvonhagen / 604 Now Flickr Pool

As the sun sets in Vancouver tonight, we say goodbye to summer and wave hello to fall’s glorious orange and red colours of the moon.

The harvest moon will illuminate the skies tonight and give everyone who’s watching a free outdoor show, peaking around 6:05 pm.

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As a symbol of the shifting seasons, the celestial phenomenon features a lower-hanging moon on the horizon, making it easier for us to view the surface without a telescope.

The moon will boast red and orange tones thanks to light trickling through the Earth’s thickest part of the atmosphere.

Ever wonder why it’s called a “harvest moon”?

It technically is just a name; however, EarthSky says the moon’s special characteristics and time of the moonrise – being closest to the autumn equinox – play a role in its appellation.

The harvest moon will be visible to basically anyone who looks up (given the skies are clear), but here’s some of our favourite spots to take in the spectacle:

Rocky Point Park

If you live around the Tri-Cities, this local gem has a quaint little boardwalk for optimal moon-viewing. The reflection will most likely dance along the ocean below to give you a double-harvest moon show.

Whytecliff Park

West Vancouver has numerous moon-viewing locations, but we adore Whytecliff the most. Perch yourself on the beach or the rocky cliffs – nature’s homemade staircase.

Burnaby Mountain

Take in the colours of the moon at Burnaby Mountain, and then enjoy a fancy dinner at Horizons Restaurant. The mountain showcases a gorgeous sunset over the inlet and city, with plenty of open sky to view the celestial masterpiece.

Ambleside Beach

Another hot spot in West Vancouver. Ambleside Park has a cute beach that is much more peaceful than the city’s popular beaches. Grab a hot chocolate from a local cafe nearby and enjoy the moon views by the seaside.

Grouse Mountain

Ride a gondola to the top of Grouse and you’ll be so close to the harvest moon, you can almost touch it! The mountain has one of the best viewpoints the city has to offer, so if you’re feeling adventurous, make the trek and you won’t be disappointed.

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