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Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area

Erinsville, Canada
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About Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area
Located 37 kilometres north of Napanee, Ontario, the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is the most southerly point in Ontario offering a night sky experience very similar to what was available 100+ years ago. The site includes a concrete pad for camera or telescope setup, or placement of lawn chairs for general stargazing. It is designed for anyone wishing to observe the natural wonder of the stars. The site has ample parking and includes a large concrete pad for camera or telescope setup. The DSVA is perfect for anyone looking to observe the natural wonder of the stars. The DSVA is always open and hosts monthly events from May through September. Weather permitting, you'll get a laser-guided tour of the night sky and have a chance to take a look through a telescope. These events are a great way for novice stargazers to get acquainted with the night sky. Visit our website for details.
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summ3r wrote a review Aug 2019
Toronto, Canada479 contributions122 helpful votes
We were staying in the area and decided to check out the Dark Sky Viewing Area; we were really glad we did! 1 km before you reach the Lennox & Addington Dark Sky View Area there is a sign on the highway warning you that you are approaching it (which helps if you are driving in the dark like we were) and the site itself is on the west side of Highway 41. There is lots of parking. The parking lot is slightly lower than the Viewing Area and it is separated from the Viewing Area by a wall of boulders, all of which help to block the light from car headlights from interfering with those on the Viewing Area trying to keep their night vision. There is also a toilet at the south end of the parking lot. Look for a pathway between the boulders at the north end of the parking lot which will take you to the concrete pad. We didn't know it was there and clambered over the rocks in the dark instead. The concrete pad is great for camera and telescope setups, and it's large enough for visitors to spread a blanket, lie back, and enjoy the view while not disturbing others. As a previous poster mentioned, the concrete pad reflects just enough light at night that visitors are able to see and make their way around it in relative safety. There were a fair number of people there on the night we visited, which was just a random night in August. I was impressed with how respectful most people were of the space and of the others in the area. People spoke and moved quietly, and most people carried red lights, covered their flashlights, or carried no lights at all so as not to disturb others who were trying to enjoy the night sky. For best viewing check ahead of time to see what time the moon will rise and be aware of which phase the moon is in. Don't do what we did! We didn't check. Instead, we thought we were clever and just waited until it was quite late to arrive at the viewing area. Within a half hour of our arrival the moon was rising and its light was enough to blot out the stars in that area of the sky! The Lennox & Addington Dark Sky View Area is 2 1/2 hours out of Toronto. We are very lucky to have this place where we can see the night sky unimpeded by light pollution, buildings or surrounding trees. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Heidi Csernak wrote a review Feb 2019
Ontario, Canada996 contributions26 helpful votes
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Superb spot for stargazing - only two trucks passed by in the wee hours of the morning! Super dark, but the concrete pad reflects just enough light to walk about. The milky way was super bright and visible, despite the humidity in the air. We watched it pass over us like a slow skipping rope.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Gordon M wrote a review Aug 2018
Montreal, Canada86 contributions32 helpful votes
1st I am thankful that this place exists. Took my GF there for her birthday (she loves watching stars).Bad timing...near full moon lit up the area then clouds rolled in. I can see how this is a great place under better conditions...will try again
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Date of experience: August 2018
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IAl wrote a review Aug 2018
Toronto, Canada196 contributions63 helpful votes
You don’t realize how much city lights and light pollution take away from viewing the night sky as it’s meant to be seen. Just look up to the skies here and it’s a blanket of stars and planets. We could see the Milky Way, Polaris, Mars, Venus and constellations just with the naked eye, although bring a telescope and you will definitely enjoy it more. They have a viewing platform near the parking lot, so there’ll be plenty of other people. Mind you, this place is completely dark and I mean dark! Once you pull into the parking lot and your car has come to a complete stop, you can’t even see anything out your windows.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Dark_Arts_Astro wrote a review Oct 2015
Kingston, Canada2 contributions5 helpful votes
The best public place in Southern and Eastern Ontario to get a pristine view of the night sky. Aside from a tiny bit of glow on the southern horizon from Napanee, the sky is completely devoid of light pollution, making it an amateur astronomer / astrophotographer's dream site. At least in this part of the country! The site is well maintained and clean. The level concrete pad is large enough to hold a lot of people and their telescopic / photographic equipment, and has a clear marking for north, making it easy for anyone unfamiliar with the area to set up their scopes before sunset. It has parking available for about a dozen cars and a porta-potty is on site. I've been a regular attendee at this site for over a year. I can be found there every weekend when conditions permit, and will continue to do so as long as the site is available for use.
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Date of experience: October 2015
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