Stargazing

Backyard astronomers know the importance of dark skies. North Frontenac Parklands offer stargazers a remarkable view of the starry canopy without the annoying effects of light pollution.

Enjoy your favourite spring, summer or fall constellation from a quiet,  secluded campsite providing the ideal setting for hours of dark sky enjoyment. Amateur astronomers appreciate our “top 10” dark sky rating, especially when observing deep sky objects like nebulas and faint galaxies in the deeper regions of space.

To help you choose the best nights to book your campsite, here are a few links, complements of Environment Canada, where you can get 48 hour forecasts for cloud coverseeing quality, and sky transparency.

You might also enjoy these other interesting sources of astronomy related information:

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
http://www.rasc.ca/
Canada’s national organization of amateur astronomers, with local centres in most cities across Canada. Publisher of annual Observer’s Handbook, Calendar, bi-monthly Journal, and Beginner’s Observing Guide.

Astronomy Picture of the Day
antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
The home page of choice for many amateur astronomers.


Township of North Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve

The observation pad is one of the best places for stargazing in the province. It is a public space with amenities, including parking, accessible washroom and electrical service. Anyone can setup their telescope and enjoy the darkest skies in southern Ontario. At organized events, amateur astronomers are available to provide context.

On August 3, 2013 the Township of North Frontenac became the first municipality in Canada to receive Dark Sky Preserve status from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. 

The Dark Sky Preserve observation pad is one of the best places for astronomy. It is adjacent to the helipad at 5816 Road 506, four kilometers south-west of the Township offices near Plevna, Ontario.

North Frontenac has the darkest skies in southern Ontario and it is the perfect place for star gazing. Plus we are easily reached by millions of potential visitors from Southern Ontario, Eastern Quebec, Northern New York, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

Please visit the Township of North Frontenac website for more information.