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8 Twinkling Spots In Ontario With The Clearest Views Of The Milky Way

Travel to space without leaving the ground!

Ontario isn't just beautiful during the day. Away from the glow of city lights, the sky comes to life every evening with shimmering stars and constellations. You can gaze into the faraway galaxy at these light-free destinations this summer. Get lost in the night sky by visiting Ontario's stargazing spots

With bright city lights obscuring views of the stars, it's easy to forget just how spectacular the night sky is. 

You can marvel at the celestial world above by taking a trip to these stargazing spots this summer.

Free of light, these majestic areas offer unparalleled views of the stars, constellations, Milky Way, and more.

Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve is a light-free park offering miles of undisturbed night sky views.

The 4,707 space is far from civilization and light pollution. You can watch the Milky Way stretching through the darkness, and often catch a glimpse of the colourful Northern Lights. 

Several national and provincial parks also feature gorgeous dark skies. Point Pelee has monthly dark sky nights, where you can stay late to see the stars.

Bring your telescope, camera, or just your closest stargazing pal, and enjoy the wonders of the night sky this summer.

Torrance Barrens DSP

Price: Free

Address: Southwood Rd., Gravenhurst, ON

Why You Need To Go: This massive light-free area will bring you panoramic views of the night sky. You can even pitch a tent and relax beneath the galaxy.

Point Pelee National Park

Price: $7.90 per adult

When: Various dates

Address: 1118 Point Pelee Dr., Leamington, ON

Why You Need To Go: On select nights, the park remains open until midnight so that visitors have a chance to take in the stunning stars and constellations while artificial light is kept to a minimum.

Gordon's Park

Price: $20 per person

When: Thursdays & Saturdays in July & August

Address: 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON

Why You Need To Go: This magical island park offers astronomy nights throughout the summer, and you can see the Milky Way in great detail. You can also camp out in the Dark Sky Preserve or stay in the special stargazing cabin.

Fathom Five National Marine Park

Price: $7.90 admission per adult

Address: 121 Chi sin tib dek Rd., Tobermory, ON

Why You Need To Go: As one of Ontario's designated Dark Sky Preserves, you can enjoy twinkling galaxies at this unique island. The park is gradually reopening for limited day use and activities.

Lake Superior Provincial Park

Price: Fees vary

Address: 96 Broadway Ave., Wawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Recognized nationally as a Dark Sky Preserve, this expansive park will bring you vast views of the sparkling sky. Backcountry camping is currently available.

Lennox And Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area

Price: Free

Address: 7980 Lennox and Addington County Rd. 41, Erinsville, ON

Why You Need To Go: Take a trip to the most southerly point in the province that offers unique views of the night sky. The viewing platform is the perfect spot to set up a camera or telescope. Social distance circles have been installed for safe gazing.

Bruce Peninsula National Park

Price: $7.90 admission per adult

Address: 469 Cyprus Lake Rd., Tobermory, ON

Why You Need To Go: Another designated Dark Sky Preserve, this national park features towering cliffs and turquoise water. Backcountry camping is open, so you can spend an evening beneath the stars.

North Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve

Price: Free

Address: 5816 Road 506, Plevna, ON

Why You Need To Go: Boasting the darkest skies in southern Ontario, you can drink in celestial views from the observation pad.

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