The total darkness of an Icefields Parkway Highway lookout point a few km south of Jasper is the perfect perch at high altitude to sit and watch satellites of all kinds track across the night sky.
It is one of the reasons I make an annual trip to the national park. Most people have no idea what "dark" really is these days. They are so accustomed to "light pollution" from birth that they know not the beauty of the nighttime sky.
The night skies in rural Saskatchewan are also as black as can be and afford the wonder of the skies to be seen by the naked eye. Add my telescope to that location and the views are to die for when star gazing.
All things being relative, even getting a couple of hours outside of the COTU proves to be immeasurably more breathtaking for night skies than where I am right now. That said, the most captivating skies I've seen were in the Ontario north, deep in the bush, miles and miles away from places like Kapuskasing, Manitouwadge, Upsala .... the Northern Lights were incredible.
Have a cousin who has been an astrophotographer for some time now. His first setup was an 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain and a Canon Rebel. He produced some pretty decent images from that (about 4 years ago).
I know that he's recently moved to a 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain but I'm not sure what camera body he's using. He always wanted to try one of our 1D MkII's to see what kind of difference they made but we never did connect.
While Victoria is more "light polluted" than it once was, it's still pretty dark compared to most of the bigger cities mentioned.
You don't have to travel far out of town to get a beautiful sky -- even just to the old Centre of the Universe telescope, for example -- but spend some time on the west coast of this island (places like Tofino and Ucluelet) and you'll actually see *bands of the galaxy* on the right night.
The best night skies I've had the chance to see where waaayyy up north Manitoba. Drove out about an hour outside Thompson on a night when there was a big show of northern lights. It was truly breathtaking. Would have loved to have a telescope when I was up there!
On that same tour we also went up to Churchill Manitoba, but it was too overcast for the duration we were there to do any star gazing