Throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall, Manitoulin Eco Park hosts a variety of fun, educational and nature-inspired events. Whether it be a weekend event, such as our Perseid Meteor Shower Nights and Perseid Night Hikes, Astronomy Nights, and Stargazing Night Hikes, or a weeknight Small Group event, there is lots of fun to be had! Events are open all whether staying overnight or not. Click on the ‘Read More’ links to learn more about each event. 

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We will not have Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis specific events this year because the Aurora are in an extended period of lower activity, and seeing them can be quite hit-or-miss.  We will have special events during the Perseid Meteor Showers in early August.

 

DarkSky Events 2021

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See stars, planets, constellations and galaxies you definitely cannot see in the city and the Milky Way in such detail it will be like seeing them for the first time. Our Astronomy Nights are full of fun and learning for the whole family.

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Semi-private session in our DarkSky Preserve with individualized attention from Astronomy Guides and extra time gazing through our professional grade telescope and binoculars.

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An immersive adventure through our hardwood forest after dark, with a combined focus on nocturnal wildlife & orienting by stars. During this hike you will get to experience all the wonders our nighttime forest has to offer!

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Perseid Showers

Our DarkSky Preserve is the ultimate location for Perseid Meteor Showers.  Join our experienced Astronomy Guides as we experience this phenomenal meteor shower around its peak and the New Moon, with up to 60 beautifully coloured meteors or more streaming across the sky per hour!

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Perseid Night Hike

Come out on a hike during our special Perseids Weekends at the height of the meteor shower! Sign up to be guided by one of our Astronomy staff in an exploration of the wonders of this amazing astronomical event within the beauty and mystery of the Eco Park forest at night! 

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Orientation to the DarkSky Preserve, Campground & Observation Field

  • The DarkSky Preserve or DSP includes an observation field plus campsites, the Stargazing Cabin, and Milky Way Bunkie for overnight guests. As a courtesy please keep voices low and cell phones on silent after sunset

  • No white light is allowed in the DSP including no campfires, cell phone screens, or vehicle headlights.

  • While we encourage event participants to walk without artificial light as much as possible, as a safety measure please be sure to bring your own flashlights and/or headlamps with AMBER or RED filters sufficient to colour and significantly dim the light shining through (you can attach cloth or cellophane paper with tape).

  • Astronomy guides will be at the front and back of the group with amber or red light sources.

  • On standard settings, cell phones should not be used as flashlights, or for taking pictures due to the white light of their screens and flashes. Alternatively, you can download an AMBER OR RED LIGHT app for your smartphone.

  • No laser pointers of any kind or strength (other than in use by our astronomy staff).

  • The DSP gate is closed to vehicles after sunset.

  • During all astronomy events, for safety all guests should stay with their guide and the group at all times. If you need to leave the event early for any reason, please be sure to notify one of the astronomy guides before you go.


 

COVID SAFETY

  • Per Ontario regulations, Manitoulin Eco Park must have a record of the full names of each individual attending an event. If there are any changes to your group, please notify the staff by emailing reservations@gordonspark.com

  • All event guests must wear masks covering nose, mouth, and chin. If you do not have such a full mask, you will not be able to attend the event.

  • All event guests must remain 2 metres or more distanced from others not in their home household.

  • To ensure this is possible indoors, we will be limiting the number of people inside each building at one time and would require masks to be worn indoors at all times.


 

CANCELLATIONS/MODIFICATIONS

  • All event tickets are nonrefundable.

  • Our Astronomy Guides offer a variety of activities & multicultural astronomical stories you can enjoy regardless of the optical view of celestial bodies.

  • Events are held in all sky and weather conditions except those the Eco Park determines to be hazardous (eg. lightning, high winds).

  • Event tickets can be transferred to another date this season (pending availability) only if the Eco Park cancels the event in advance. We will notify you immediately by email in the event of a cancellation; please do not phone the office.

  • If you will not be able to attend, or if there is a change to who is attending in your group, or if the Eco Park cancels and you wish to reschedule, please reach out to reservations@gordonspark.com.

  • Please do not call by phone: our tiny office staff is supported by others working remotely, so email is the fastest way to reach us.

  • Astronomy Guides do not handle modifications or cancellations of ticketing.

  • We are not able to maintain a waitlist or notify individuals of new events/ticket openings. Please watch our Facebook Page, Instagram, or website for any updates.