The L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is the most southerly point in the province to view the night sky without city lights
Grab your blankets and your binoculars - there's a new stargazing spot in southern Ontario.
The Lennox and Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area opened to the public this week. Officials say the rural southeastern area is the most southerly point in Ontario where you can see the pristine night sky without the glare of city lights.
"There's no light pollution and you can see the sky as it looked 100 years ago," says Stephen Paul,Economic Development Manager. "It's the best location in southern Ontario to see the dark sky."
Located 35 km north of Napanee, Ontario, the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is open all night long.
"We've just built a level platform that is up in an observation area," Paul explains. "You can come there any evening with your telescope or binoculars."
Paul says the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is also opening at an ideal time - right before the Perseid Meteor Shower
The viewing area is expected to provide an ideal spot to scope out the stars without having to travel north.
"Light pollution is taking voer the dark skies. In Toronto, there's such light saturation that you can look up and only see a handful of stars," Paul explains. "Once you get away from the urban centres, and particularly in this area, you will see the Milky Way and the light pollution won't be blinding you from what you should be seeing."