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Stargazing Night Hike
Stargazing Night Hike

Sat, Aug 21


Manitoulin Eco Park | Gordon's Park

Stargazing Night Hike

Full Moon! Our Stargazing Night Hike is an immersive adventure through our hardwood forest after dark, with a focus on nocturnal wildlife plus orienting by star constellations. During this hike you will get to experience all the wonders our nighttime forest has to offer under the Full Moon!

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Time & Location

Aug 21, 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

Our Stargazing Night Hike is an immersive adventure through our hardwood forest after dark, learning about our local ecosystem and nocturnal wildlife, plus how to orient by the stars. During this hike you will get to experience all the wonders our nighttime forest has to offer!

This night hike follows along our Mother Nature Trail (< 2 km hike on a fairly even gravel road) making stops to watch, listen for, and learn about some of the most beautiful nocturnal animals in our part of the world. As part of our  adventure your Guide, and their trusty laser pointer, will teach you how to find key constellations using just your hands through a method called star hopping.  You'll hear stories from different cultures about the ecosystem and the celestial bodies.

Guests will have the opportunity to use parabolic ears if conditions allow, a device which magnifies the sounds of the forest around you with the hopes of maybe hearing howls from the nearby wolf pack, seeing one of our rare and elusive flying squirrels or one of our Park’s many white tailed deer that often graze for food at night. You might even get really lucky and hear from our Barred Owl family, who sometimes like to follow us along our nighttime hikes, swooping from tree to tree.

Our Stargazing Night Hike is family friendly (ideal for children age 8 and older).  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 adventure!

~For each attendee, please bring your face mask covering nose/mouth/chin, and a backpack with a full water bottle, clothing layers for all weather conditions, & natural insect repellent. Please wear close-toed hiking shoes or boots.

~We encourage participants to walk without artificial light as much as possible; for safety bring a flashlight with an amber or red cloth covering for dim light, headlamp with amber/red light setting, or cell phone with amber/red filter ap installed.

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 

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!

Membership Offer
Buy a membership and get 2.5% off this event at checkout


  • 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.

    Tax: +CA$4.55 HST



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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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