A large viewing telescope was set up and ready for the stars to come out as the sun set over Stuart Lake on Saturday

Star Party a celestial success

Fort St. James National Historic Site also hosted the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) - Prince George chapter for a night of intrigue and outreach when it comes to stargazing.

Fort St. James National Historic Site also hosted the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) – Prince George chapter for a night of intrigue and outreach when it comes to stargazing.

Fort St. James is well-positioned with clear skies and wide horizons for amateur stargazing enthusiasts. RASC in Prince George operates a major observatory close to West Lake Provincial Park in Prince George and offers beginning stargazing courses and workshops throughout the fall and winter.

As part of a broader partnership with RASC across Canada, stargazers are reconnecting with their national parks and national historic sites as parks become dark sky preserves and find other ways to engage Canadians with the wonders of the night sky.

Doubtlessly, many a Hudson’t Bay Company employee has gazed in wonder from the grounds of the historic fur post in years past. For the 40 or so visitors who braved the chilly air to enjoy the night sky on August 27, some fond memories were created.

For more information about programs and events at Fort St. James National Historic Site, call: 250-996-7191 Email: stjames@pc.gc.ca