Lennox and Addington (L&A) now offers something unique in all of Southern Ontario – a chance to witness the night sky the way it is really meant to be seen.
Stargazers, astrophotographers and astronomers can visit the L&A County Dark Sky Viewing Area located a few kilometres north of Erinsville near the Sheffield Conservation Area (north of the 401 on County Road 41, 36 kilometres from Napanee). That makes it the most southerly point in Ontario where the night sky is so pristine.
“Lennox and Addington County is the best location this far south in Southern Ontario for stargazing, giving you a night sky experience very similar to what was available 100 years ago,” says renowned astronomy author Terence Dickinson, who has published 14 books on the subject, selling over two million copies worldwide.
The opening of the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area comes at a perfect time from an astronomical perspective. It coincides with the beginning of the Perseid meteor shower, a spectacular natural display of “shooting stars” that will rain across the sky this week and peak Saturday, August 11.
“This designated stargazing site is open to everyone,” says Paul. “You don’t need a telescope to enjoy and appreciate the natural wonder of the pure night sky. We are very fortunate in this area to be surrounded by the right natural conditions where you can enjoy a view that is not available in any other place in southern Ontario. So we designed the site with a flat surface to make it easy to take pictures, set up a telescope or just bring along a lawn chair and enjoy the view with your family.”
The viewing area is open from dusk until dawn, and reservations are not required. Enthusiasts from near and far are encouraged to bring along binoculars or a telescope to see the beauty of the night sky.