Aurora Borealis Weekend at Gordon’s Park

Gordon’s Park – Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Dark Sky Preserve

Longer nights make September a beautiful time of the year to watch for the Northern Lights.

Join us for an incredible astronomy experience, camping & observing the beautiful night skies of Manitoulin on site in the RASC designated Dark Sky Preserve at Gordon’s Park. The Dark Sky Preserve offers exceptionally dark skies, no light pollution, 360 degree observing, 21.45 SQM and an 8” Dobsonian Telescope.

Camping In The Dark Sky Preserve

Camping is rustic but comfortable & takes place in the fields & meadows in the dark sky preserve. Some picnic tables & cook stands, hauled water, clean privies, eco showers & flush toilets at main building, private gravel road access. No campfires or white light allowed. Flashlights must be filtered red. Our Stargazing Cabin & Milky Way Bunkie are located in the Dark Sky Preserve & are available to rent.

Optional Accommodations:
Bed & Breakfast
Tipi Tenting
Camping Cabins

Friday, September 22, 2017

  • 7 pm: Welcome Wine and Cheese Campfire
  • 9 pm: Public Astronomy & Laser Sky Tours

Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • 5 pm: Pot Luck Supper & Group Photo
  • 9 pm: Public Astronomy & Laser Sky Tours

Sunday, September 24, 2017

  • Tour the Nature Centre
  • Hike the Trails in the Park
  • Free Mini Putt, Badminton,
  • Horseshoes &/or Bocce Ball
  • 9pm: Public Astronomy & Laser Sky Tours

Activities are subject to change.

What To Bring:
Please bring tent & camping gear, folding table, lawn chairs, water container, red filtered flashlight, telescope, binoculars, swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, bug repellent, heavy coat, rain gear, warm clothes, proper footwear, plate, cutlery & a food dish for the Pot Luck.

Registration Fee is $45.00 & tax per person per day, $95.00 & tax per family per day (2 adults, children under 16) and includes:

  • Camping in the Dark Sky Preserve
  • Welcome Reception
  • Campfires
  • Wine & Cheese
  • Public Astronomy
  • Laser Sky Tours
  • Horseshoes
  • Badminton
  • Bocce
  • Mini Putt
  • Hiking Trails
  • Nature Interpretive Center
  • Pot Luck Supper

Advanced Registration by August 10th is strongly encouraged.

Please call 705-859-2470 with Visa or MasterCard to register or send payment via postal money order to:

Gordon’s Park
18777 Hwy 6, R.R. #1
Tehkummah, Manitoulin Island
P0P 2C0

*13 min from Chi-Cheemaun Ferry Docks*

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