Although there are many dark-sky locations along the Bay of Fundy coastline that allow for magnificent stargazing, Irving Nature Park – situated right in Saint John, New Brunswick, directly on the shores of the Bay of Fundy – was designated in 2011 as the first Urban Star Park in Canada by The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). According to the RASC, an Urban Star Park is an area in which artificial lighting is strictly controlled; sky glow from beyond the borders of the reserve may be visible to observers within the area, but the skies are still usable for astronomy. Irving Nature Park is open at daytime from May through October, but nightime access for stargazing is allowed during special events hosted every few months by the St. John Astronomical Club.
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