With all the new sci-fi movies involving space and interstellar travel coming out lately, many people have started gaining more of an interest in astronomy. That being said, those who take pleasure in stargazing would particularly enjoy Ontario, as there are several places across the province that are perfect for viewing the night sky.

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One of those spots is Gordon’s Park, a beautiful eco-reserve on Manitoulin Island. Owned by Rita and Terry Gordon since 1991, the park is a sanctuary for dark skies and has been a top destination for viewing star constellations for years.

Several fun and educational astronomy events are held at the park each season. Below are some examples of amazing events that you must try:


Astronomy Nights

On Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August, the park holds Astronomy Nights for $20 a person that will orient beginners to the planets, solar systems, the Northern Lights, and much more. Participants will also learn how to read a star map, as well as how to use the park’s 8” Dobsonian Telescope.


Star Parties

The park dedicates Star Parties to special events like meteor showers. The parties are open to the public and involves interactive activities like laser-guided sky tours and camping.


Aurora Borealis Weekends

Gordon’s Park is far enough north to catch the Northern Lights in the spring and fall seasons. On certain weekends (such as May 26-29 and September 22-25), visitors can enjoy Northern Lights-themed activities at the park, including Aurora spotting and tipi-tenting.


For more information, visit GordonsPark.com.

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