Astronomy and Stargazing
Gordon’s Park is the host location of Stargazing Manitoulin, the Manitoulin Star Party, the Perseids Meteor Shower Party, Labour Day Long Weekend Aurora Borealis Party, and our Thanksgiving Northern Lights Weekend . The Dark Sky Preserve is also open for private astronomy and stargazing throughout the year.
The Dark Sky Preserve is open for camping and observing from April – October annually and other times with advance reservations.
Read about our official designation and what we have to offer on the RASC site here.
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’s Stargazer Contest 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.
Gordon’s Park is an RASC designated Dark Sky Preserve and is the perfect site for astronomy and night sky viewing. The dark sky preserve offers the darkest skies in Ontario, 360 degree horizon-to-horizon observing, no light pollution, a 7.5+ magnitude and a Sky Quality Meter reading of 21.45 (best is 22). Thursday nights in July & August are Astronomy Nights.
Rita Gordon is the original founding president of the Manitoulin Island Dark Sky Association (MIDSA) and is the organization’s first honorary “Celestial” member.
Wilderness camping and cabin rentals are available in the Dark Sky Preserve. Bed & Breakfast and Astronomy packages are also available.
Check out our article in Sky News Magazine below.
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.