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Astronomy Night | Sept. 1, 2023
Astronomy Night | Sept. 1, 2023

Fri, Sep 01



Astronomy Night | Sept. 1, 2023

Join us with our guest Astronomer, Frank Dempsey for a show or if this world from 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!

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Time & Location

Sep 01, 2023, 8:45 PM – 11:00 PM EDT

Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada


About the Event

The Best Show NOT On Earth!!!

Starting with stories about Manitoulin Island itself, with acknowledgement to the peoples & land, our guides offer a variety of astronomy stories & insights into the night skies at Manitoulin Eco Park. Home to an RASC (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada) registered Dark Sky Preserve, our own red-light only district with next to no light pollution, you could 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!

Family friendly (ideal for children age 8 and older), our Astronomy Nights are full of fun and learning for people of all ages and experience levels. They often include 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.  

A bit about our guest Astronomer:

Frank’s interest in astronomy started at a young age and he has been closely watching the stars for over a half century, but continues to find the sky interesting every day and night.

As a member of Dokis First Nation (on French River), he has found Indigenous Ojibwe and North American astronomy and starlore to be interesting to understand and he’s glad to share this ancient starlore with anybody interested. Other astronomical interests include building telescopes and his current project keeping him busy is a 12.5” (31 cm) diameter telescope mirror. He uses his various telescopes mostly at his home in Pickering, Ontario but has been coming to Manitoulin’s dark skies every year for more than a decade.

He is a retired meteorologist, and academic background includes a Bachelor’s degree in physics and chemistry from University of Toronto, and his Master’s degree is in astronomy. Watching the skies day and night has been, and continues to be, constantly interesting.

Other astronomical interests include observing the sun, moon, planets, stars that change brightness, double stars, and star clusters, as well as sharing astronomy through various public outreach activities in the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre, where he has been a member for the past half century. Frank is glad to have the opportunity to share Indigenous astronomy with Manitoulin Eco Park’s visitors.

With many multicultural astronomical stories & activities you can enjoy regardless of the optical view of celestial bodies. 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.

Get your tickets now and remember to reserve your overnight stay at 

whether in the DarkSky Preserve or the many other cabin and camping options available in the Forest Campground of Manitoulin Eco Park.

You will receive an email with full details and instructions with a e-mail reminder 1 day prior to your booked date.

Book now for the best show not on earth!


  • 15 minutes

    Registration for Forest Campers

    Outside the Nature Center

  • 5 minutes

    Convoy to DarkSky Parking

    Main Parking Lot
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  • 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.

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Important    Notes

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.

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