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This Beautiful Star-Gazing Spot Is Only 90 Minutes Outside Of Ottawa

By Sophia Quinn

This Beautiful Star-Gazing Spot Is Only 90 Minutes Outside Of Ottawa

Star-gazing is a quintessential summer activity. Laying on a blanket and looking up at the expansive night sky is a sure way to unwind after a long day and get some perspective. 

 

Although it’s possible to see some stars in Ottawa, to truly witness the totality of the sky, you have to escape the city’s light pollution. Fortunately, the Township of North Frontenac, only 90 minutes away, has a Dark Sky Preserve. Here, you can witness the incredible beauty of the Milky Way. 

One of many Dark Sky Preserves set up around Ontario, these locations are ideal for star-gazing conditions. North Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve was actually the first municipality in Canada to achieve this status by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 2013. 

 

Much more accessible than heading out into the bush to star-gaze, the North Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve enables everyone to star-gaze the shocking beauty of the night sky. You can even set up a telescope to really get a closer look at all the visible planets and constellations. 

 

North Frontenac has some of the darkest skies in southern Ontario and is a must-visit for an adventurous summer night out.