You Can See Ancient Constellations & The Milky Way From This Light-Free Ontario Park

This place will have you star-struck.
Ontario's Torrance Barrens Preserve Is The Most Magical Spot To Stargaze
Associate Editor

The night sky is one of the most spectacular sights to see, but it's hard to get a clear view of it. With city lights obscuring the galaxies, we're often lucky if we can spot a few stars. This place in Ontario will bring you miles of the undisturbed night sky, and you can stand beneath ancient constellations and the Milky Way. Ontario's Torrance Barrens Preserve is the perfect spot to stargaze.

You don't need a telescope to see the stars at this dreamy spot. 

Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve will transport you to outer space with its twinkling galaxies.

Located in Muskoka, the sprawling, 4,707-acre area is filled with rich vegetation and open-water marshes.

Far from the light of civilization, this preserve becomes a starry paradise every night.

You can gaze up at ancient constellations and planets that shine brightly through the undisturbed darkness. 

On clear summer nights, the Milky Way arches overhead, and sometimes the Northern Lights ripple through the sky in glowing colours.

You can even see remote galaxies like the Andromeda with your naked eye from this spot.

The main stargazing area lies just behind the Ministry sign on Southwood Road. 

From here, you'll have a full panoramic view of the twinkling sky.

Visitors are asked to keep any artificial light to a minimum when visiting as not to disturb the views of the night sky.

The preserve is completely free to visit, making it an ideal travel destination.

While you're in the area, you can indulge in more thrilling cottage country adventures, such as taking a steamship cruise throughout the area. 

You can also add some of these magical spots around Ontario to your travel list.

Get ready to travel into outer space by visiting this celestial spot, no space shuttle required.

Torrance Barrens DSP

Price: Free

Address: Southwood Rd., Gravenhurst, ON

Why You Need To Go: Marvel at the wonders of the galaxy from this light-free spot.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

Madeline Forsyth
Associate Editor
Madeline Forsyth is an Associate Travel Editor for Narcity Media focused on Canadian and global travel and is based in Toronto, Ontario.