Eyes on the skies — September

Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the skies” series. This series covers a wide range of astronomy topics with a focus on what can be seen from the pristine skies found in our provincial parks. Many people consider September to be the finest month of the year to enjoy Ontario’s outdoors. The bugs have … Continue reading Eyes on the skies — September

Do the skies need our protection?

Stars as seen in midnight’s gaze Stars shining upon shoreline’s haze Guiding us, teaching us with stories manifold About ourselves, stars speak, from birth till old. Their permanence ties us to days gone by But to hide their secrets, they still do try To gaze upon them brings dreams of futures bright But to see … Continue reading Do the skies need our protection?

Stars over Killarney 2019: a celebration of Indigenous astronomy

Did you know that 2019 is the United Nations year of Indigenous Languages? In celebration, Killarney Provincial Park and our Wiikwemkoong partners at Point Grondine Park, along with our colleagues at Science North, are thrilled to present Stars over Killarney 2019: a weekend of Indigenous astronomy and cultural learning!

Stories in the stars / Pride in our hearts

Today’s post comes from Will Morin, a Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Sudbury and Bruce Waters, a former educator at the McLaughlin Planetarium and founder of the Killarney Provincial Park Observatory. It’s time we learn the astronomical traditions of the diverse Indigenous cultures in the Americas.

Eyes on the skies — August

Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the Skies” series. This space (<– see what we did there?) will cover a wide range of astronomy topics with a focus on what can be seen from the pristine skies found in our provincial parks. August is here at last with its fine weather, fewer mosquitos, and … Continue reading Eyes on the skies — August

Tips for night sky photography

One of the best parts about camping at one of our parks is the breathtakingly clear night sky. These clear skies provide the perfect backdrop to see the wonders of our solar system sprawled out above you. Seeing these magnificent skies is one thing, but being able to capture them adds a whole other level to … Continue reading Tips for night sky photography

The long road to Lake Superior Provincial Park’s Dark Sky Preserve

Today’s post comes from Charlotte Westcott, a Discovery Program staff member at Lake Superior Provincial Park. As the sun sets, the stars begin to appear. Like old friends, their familiar glow brings us home no matter how far away our house may be. Our friendly acquaintances, the constellations, trace their way across the sky. The … Continue reading The long road to Lake Superior Provincial Park’s Dark Sky Preserve

Summer star parties 2019

Humanity’s fascination with the celestial bodies dates back millennia. And times haven’t changed. Star parties and night sky events are held in our parks every summer, especially in northern Ontario, where there’s less light pollution.

The Killarney Provincial Park Dark Sky Preserve

In 2018, Killarney Provincial Park became Ontario’s first provincial park to be designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada! We are committed to the protection and preservation of our province’s biodiversity. The night skies in their natural splendour are an important part of that protection.