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L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area

Southern Ontario is rapidly losing its dark skies. The glare of city lights makes it increasingly difficult to witness the unimpeded beauty of the night sky. Luckily for stargazers, astrophotographers and astronomers, there is Lennox & Addington County.

Located just a few kilometres north of Erinsville near the Sheffield Conservation Area, the L&A County Dark Sky Viewing Area is the most southerly point in Ontario where the night sky is so pristine, offering a night sky experience very similar to what was available more than 100 years ago.The site includes a large concrete pad for camera or telescope setup, or placement of lawn chairs for general stargazing. While the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is ideal for amateur astronomers and astrophotographers, it is designed for anyone wishing to observe the natural wonder of the stars. The viewing area is open year-round from dusk until dawn, and you need not make reservations – just come and enjoy.

Enthusiasts are encouraged to bring along binoculars or a telescope and witness – perhaps for the first time – how the night sky is meant to be seen.

Dark Sky Viewing AreaTips For Stargazers Visiting The Site

1. For ideal conditions during your visit at the L&A County Dark Sky Viewing Area, choose an evening following a day with deep blue skies which indicates low humidity and clear air.

2. As pretty as the moon is, for dark sky viewing with lots of stars and views of the Milky Way, choose a moonless or close to moonless night.

3. Bring binoculars or a telescope if you have one. A reclining lawn chair is an ideal accessory, along with warm clothing and a blanket.

4. It really is dark, so bring a SMALL, DIM flashlight to see where you are walking.