Gordon's Park, Manitoulin Island - accommodations and outdoor activities

Astronomy and Stargazing

2014 We will be open during the Winter.  Come and check out the Dark Sky Preserve for a winter view of the night sky!  Contact us for more information.

Host location of Stargazing Manitoulin, the Manitoulin Star Party, the Perseids Meteor Shower Party, Dark Side of the Moon Star Party and our Thanksgiving Aurora Borealis Weekend .  The Dark Sky Preserve is open for private Astronomy and Stargazing as well throughout the year.

The Dark Sky Preserve is open for camping and observing from April – October annually and other times with advance reservations.  This year, 2014, we would like to introduce winter Stargazing in our Stargazing Cabin in the Dark Sky Preserve.

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Stargazer Contest                                                   Planetarium

Gordon’s Park is proud to be partners with Science North.  We are giving away 1 free pass to the Science Centre and 1 free pass to the Planetarium at each of our Thursday Night Astronomy sessions in July and August as well as on our Civic Holiday weekend Astronomy Night and at each of our Star Parties throughout the summer.  Science North will be giving away 2 Tipi Tenting trips for 4 to Gordon’s Park which will include admittance to our Thursday Night Astronomy during the trip.


GPS Coordinates
Latitude N 45.66866
Longtitude W 81.97073
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Light Pollution Map

Gordon’s Park is a designated RASC dark sky preserve and is the perfect site for astronomy and night sky viewing. The dark sky preserve offers exceptional dark skies, darkest in Ontario, 360 degree observing, horizon to horizon, no light pollution, a 7.5+ magnitude and a Sky Quality Meter reading of 21.45 (best is 22) Thursday nights in July and August are Astronomy Nights at Gordon’s Park.

Rita Gordon is the original founding president of the Manitoulin Island Dark Sky Association (MIDSA) and is the organizations first honorary “Celestial” member.
Wilderness camping and cabin rentals are available in the dark sky preserve on site.
B & B and Astronomy packages are also available.

Read about the RASC dark sky preserve designation at Gordon’s Park in the Manitoulin Expositor

Check out our Article in Sky News Magazine bellow.

Overnight Guests of Gordon's Park get complimentary passes to the nature interpretive centre and educational hiking trails and pay only once to enjoy unlimited use of the solar heated swimming pool and the 18 hole mini putt.

Call 705-859-2470 for information, click here for prices or email for detailed information on accommodations, rates and reservations and park activities