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Wilderness Resort Star Party

view as we sailed into the resort

view as we sailed into the resort

The Wilderness Resort at the entrance to Narrows Inlet (http://www.wildernessresort.ca/) just opened their doors to customers: a group of university students and professors from U Saskatchewan on a sustainability retreat as it happens. The owners only took possession of the 124 acre site last January, and this was their first group of customers. Our Centre was invited to be the “opening act” for this dark sky site: A star party. Neil and Mike joined me with their equipment at the government docks in Sechelt at 17:30 hrs and we were taken up by crew boat to the resort. We had a chance to walk about and check things out a bit and set up down by the dock, which seemed the best location for our event. Once it got dark we took a reading with the sky quality meter to discover that it was a good dark sky site: 21.2 mag/arcsec2. The sky stayed clear and we showed the visitors Venus, which was showing a nice view just over half full, Jupiter and its four Galilean moons, the Orion nebula, M81 and M82, and other interesting sights. The crew boat brought us back at 22:30 hours. The resort made a donation of $150 to our Centre for our efforts. The owners have a large camp site they will be developing soon on top of the 230 meter high hill that is part of the property which would be a good site for astronomy. The hosts were gracious, supportive, and attentive and we enjoyed the event.

Mike and Neil discussing the event on the crew boat

Mike and Neil discussing the event on the crew boat

waiting for customers

waiting for customers

our set up by the dock, resort co owner Peter in the foreground

our set up by the dock, resort co owner Peter in the foreground


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