Astronomy is one of our favourite activities at Gordon’s Park. Over the summer and fall we host a series of events and activities that will give you a chance to learn more about the night sky and explore it. Included in these activities are our star parties. Our star parties are perfect for both amateur and veteran astronomers and we have special event astronomy nights happening during each of our star party weekends for those who want to learn more about the stars. Come join us for an incredible astronomy weekend, camping and viewing the night sky in our RASC designated Dark Sky Preserve. Our Dark Sky Preserve offers exceptionally dark skies, no light pollution and 360 degree observing from horizon to horizon. Please note that our Dark Sky Preserve is a NO WHITE LIGHT ZONE, meaning you will need to have red filters on all light you use at your site or while observing the stars.
Stargazing Manitoulin & Aurora Watch
July 17- July 20, 2020
Stargazing Manitoulin is our longest standing star party and our premiere event for being able to view deep sky objects like star clusters, nebulas, galaxies, and planets, including the rings of Saturn. At this years event you will have the opportunity to participate in a meet and greet, aurora watch, sungazing solar observing, and stargazing night hike where you will explore naked eye observing and learn about star hopping. You will also have access to two nights of our guided astronomy observing session where you will get to look through a telescope in our dark sky preserve to view deep space objects and receive a laser pointed tour of our night sky and learn about constellations and celestial bodies.
Perseids Meteor Party & Aurora Watch
August 14-17, 2019
Stay with us for the most amazing meteor showers of the year from our dark sky preserve. Expect to see over 60 beautifully coloured meteors streaming across the sky per hour leading up to the peak and after. Activities & workshops include a welcome meet and greet, aurora watch, stargazing night hike, guided public astronomy & laser guided sky tour sessions, sungazing solar observing, as well as free access to our nature interpretive centre, hiking trails, mini putt, horseshoes, bocce ball and the children’s playground.
$50 /person or $110 /family
Prices are per night and a minimum of two nights are required for this event
Family includes 2 adults and children under 16
Check out our events page for more of what is happening at Gordon’s Park.