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Stargazing in Waterton in early June

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Stargazing in Waterton in early June

We are travelling to Waterton in early June this year and would like the opportunity to star gaze while staying in Waterton Lakes. Since Red Rock Parkway is closed due to the Kenow fires, are there other places where we would view the stars?

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Calgary, Canada
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1. Re: Stargazing in Waterton in early June

You have miles of open prairie to the north and east. Just drive out and park away from the Waterton town lights. It really is that easy. As you are only looking at stars, you won't even have to drive that far. Take a thermos of tea or favorite beverage and a blanket /wrap to stay warm.

Note that the sun sets pretty late at that time of year (~9:30 pm) and it won't get really dark for an hour after that.

Victoria, Canada
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2. Re: Stargazing in Waterton in early June

There'll be a Full Moon on May 28, so it will be quite bright in the sky for a week or so after that. This will really cut down on what you'll be able to see in the night sky. :(

canada
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3. Re: Stargazing in Waterton in early June

Thanks for the information! I read that the Bison Paddock lookout is a great place for star gazing. Silly question, but is it a safe place where we could get out of the car without worrying about wandering bison?

Calgary, Canada
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4. Re: Stargazing in Waterton in early June

You’ll be just fine, bison will seek to avoid you unless you bring hay.

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5. Re: Stargazing in Waterton in early June

I wouldn't be doing that after dark as you have no way of knowing how far the herd is from you. "BUT" there is a parking area just before you go into the actual paddock where you can safely leave your vehicle and star gaze. Bring a couple of lawn chairs with you, a blanket in case the wind is cool and you can sit and watch to your heart's content!

canada
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6. Re: Stargazing in Waterton in early June

Thanks Camping_Girl. That’s the information I needed to know. Really looking forward to our June trip!

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7. Re: Stargazing in Waterton in early June

There was a recent post, that I now cannot find, which advised that the bison had all been moved from their paddock due to the Kenow fire last year, and that the paddock appears to be within the map of zones affected by that fire on the Parks Waterton website. The post also doubted that the bison would be moved back until the paddock recovers from the fire.

Calgary, Canada
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8. Re: Stargazing in Waterton in early June

Being that it's a pasture area (ie: grass) it should "recover" this season. But it's a moot point, as there is no need to be in there. The OP is simply looking for somewhere away from the lights of town where they can park and safely do some star gazing.

Peace out.

Calgary, Canada
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9. Re: Stargazing in Waterton in early June

It was my post, and it's quite possible the bison will come back in the late spring/early summer. Agreed that the grass will likely come back pretty quickly - just depends on the access to the area and where the bison are in the priority list. But yes, not relevant for star gazing.

Think the bigger issue will be the late sunset. Even though sunset is technically at 9:30pm, it could be quite a bit longer until it's properly dark. Usually the best star-gazing here is in the winter when nights are long and you're more likely to get a really clear sky. But then there's the issue of staying warm. So maybe June is not such a bad time :o)

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