The DarkSky Preserve at Manitoulin Eco Park (known as Gordon's Park) is nestled in a hardwood forest, and visitors may choose to stay in large forest camping sites or the stargazing campground located in the Dark Sky Preserve. The Preserve has a communal area in an open field that is great for stargazing and has 360-degree sky viewing.
Located in Tehkummah on Manitoulin Island, Gordon’s Park was Canada's first Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) designated commercial Dark Sky Preserve. Visitors to the eco-park, located 13 minutes’ drive from the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry Dock in South Baymouth and 35 minutes from Little Current, can marvel at shimmering stars in constellations in vivid glow. On the best nights, visitors get to see exceptional dark skies showing 7.5+ magnitude stars.
Manitoulin Eco Park & DarkSky is your Ontario destination to hunt the dark skies for Northern Lights/Borealis Aurora, Perseid Meteor Showers and many other stellar events for a front row seat to the best and most star-tacular shows not on earth!
Located on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, Manitoulin Eco Park was Canada's first Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) designated commercial Dark Sky Preserve.
The Dark Sky Preserve at Manitoulin Eco Park & DarkSky is nestled in a hardwood forest, and visitors may choose to stay in large forest camping sites or right inside the Dark Sky Preserve.
The Preserve has a communal area in an open field that is great for stargazing and has 360-degree sky viewing.
- Minutes from North Eastern Ontario's Lake Huron and other lakes on the island in every which direction.
- Around 15 minutes from the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry in South Baymouth.
- It takes around 35 minutes from Little Current swing bridge (North island access)
- Almost 2 hours from Sudbury
Visitors can marvel at shimmering stars and constellations in vivid glow.
On the best nights, visitors get to see exceptional dark skies showing 7.5+ magnitude stars for the best stellar shows visible outside the epic north.
Auroraforecast.com is our favorite source for estimating possible activity and offer hunting hunting tours in the Epic North's Yukon... But if you can't make it that far North, our DarkSky is your best bet!
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If you can't make it that far North, our DarkSky is your best bet!
Eco Park Camping
If others promise a unique experience, well... we offer a star-tacularly unique experience. Come camp under the dark blanket of glittering skies for out of this world views.
This is our own red-light district providing you with optimum views.
Camping here means that only red/amber lights are used and campfires are only allowed at the community pit at the DarkSky entrance.
Look for sites beginning with "DS" to choose from tent campsites, trailer sites, the popular Stargazing Cabin and the Milky Way Bunkie.
Front Row Seats for the Best Shows Not on Earth!
The Manitoulin Eco Park skies are bright with activities in 2023. The hunt for Northern Lights and Aurora Borealis are slowly building to a crescendo as we move towards the anticipated Solar Maximum in 2024 -2025.
All our edutainment (educational & entertaining) events are open to the public whether they stay overnight at Manitoulin Eco Park camp sites or just drop in for the most spectacular Dark Sky show on the island, if not Ontario.
Open to visitors as well as those camping or staying at Manitoulin Eco Park
'Round the Fire with DarkSky Access
Visit our DarkSky but stay in one of Forest Campsites provide guests with the comfort you need, and a little extra something special... campfires!
Our spacious Forest Campsites are a great option for friends, families with children, and couples who’d like to be closer to amenities and gather around a campfire at night.
Look for sites beginning with "FC" to choose from tent campsites, small trailer sites, tipis, and rustic cabins.