Sat, Sep 04|
Manitoulin Eco Park | Gordon's Park
Astronomy is what we are known best for at Manitoulin Eco Park, home to a rare DarkSky Preserve. With next to no light pollution, see stars, planets, constellations and galaxies far beyond what you can see most anywhere else!
Time & Location
Sep 04, 2021, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
Manitoulin Eco Park | Gordon's Park, 18777 ON-6, Manitowaning, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
About the Event
Astronomy is what we are known best for at Manitoulin Eco Park (formerly Gordon’s Park), home to a rare DarkSky Preserve. With next to no light pollution, see stars, planets, constellations and galaxies far beyond what you can see most anywhere else. Enjoy the Milky Way in such detail it will be like seeing our home galaxy for the first time!
Our Astronomy Nights are full of fun and learning for people of all ages and experience levels. They often include some of these elements: an orientation in astronomy, a review of planets, northern lights, and solar systems, a laser guided sky tour, a tutorial on star hopping, tips and tricks for viewing with the naked eye, as well as instructions on the use of a planisphere (star map) to find objects in the night sky. You can try out our Bausch & Lomb wide-angle binoculars and observe through the Park’s 8″ Dobsonian Telescope, conditions permitting. Family friendly (ideal for children age 8 and older).
In their mental pack baskets, our Astronomy Guides also stock many multicultural astronomical stories & activities you can enjoy regardless of the optical view of celestial bodies! So astronomy events are held in ALL sky and weather conditions, except those deemed hazardous by the Eco Park (such as lightning or high winds). If the Eco Park cancels the event, ticket holders will be emailed in advance, and can reply to request to transfer to different dates this season.
Book your tickets now and don't forget to reserve your overnight stay at https://www.manitoulinecopark.com/
whether in the DarkSky Preserve on or many other cabin and camping options available in the Forest Campground of Manitoulin Eco Park. Use your reservation code, join the Astronomy Club (currently FREE!) or clip any coupons sent to our email list to use one of these discount options on your event booking!
Please plan to park 20 minutes before the start time to check in. Watch for a reminder email 1 day prior to the event for additional details on how to prepare for your star-tacular astro-cation!
Public Astronomy Night
Our Astronomy Night includes an orientation into astronomy, a review of planets, northern lights, and solar systems, laser guided sky tour, tutorial on star hopping, tips & tricks for viewing with the naked eye, instructions on the use of a planisphere (star map) to find objects in the night sky. Participants will also have the opportunity to try Bausch & Lomb wide-angle binoculars & observe through the Park’s 8″ Dobsonian Telescope. Activities for ALL weather and sky conditions are offered.
Orientation to the DarkSky Preserve, Campground & Observation Field
The DarkSky Preserve has a no white light policy after sunset: no campfires; please have red filters for your flashlights, headlamps, and camping lamps; plan to arrive by sunset to drive a car in. The gate will be closed to cars after sunset.
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.
All Event tickets are non-refundable. However, should DarkSky Preserve need to cancel an event, you will receive the option of either an opportunity to come to one of our future events, or a credit voucher in the amount of your purchase to be used at the Park during the same season, both pending availability.
All event tickets are non-refundable.
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. We will notify you by email in the event of a cancellation in advance.
To request change of date or for cancelations, visit: