Fri, Aug 20|
Manitoulin Eco Park | Gordon's
Stargazing Night Hike
Our Stargazing Night Hike is an immersive adventure through our hardwood forest after dark, with a combined focus on orienting by star constellations as well as learning about nocturnal wildlife. During this hike you will get to experience all the wonders our nighttime forest has to offer.
Time & Location
Aug 20, 2021, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Manitoulin Eco Park | Gordon's, 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, with a combined focus on learning to orient by the stars, as well as learn about the noctural face of our local ecosystem. 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 do some naked eye stargazing and to 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. Included on the hike will be information on forest and astronomy myths and legends of different cultures.
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).
Stargazing Night Hike
This night hike follows along our Mother Nature Trail (< 2 km hike) making stops to do some naked eye stargazing and to listen for & learn about, some of the most beautiful nocturnal animals in our part of the world. 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.CA$35.00Tax: +CA$4.55 HST
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: