When was the last time you stopped to gaze at the night sky above you? You may remember as a child, taking the time to stare up at the stars in wonderment, seeking out the familiar constellations and marvelling at the universe that surrounds us. Somewhere along the way, you may have forgotten to slow down and appreciate the beauty of the twinkling stars – but fortunately for you, Dark Sky Preserves exist.
The Lennox and Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area is an open area just south of Bon Echo Provincial Park that, thanks to its lack of light pollution, acts as a dedicated stargazing spot. Unlike viewing the sky in the city, or even in the countryside where lights can still affect the view, this light-free area creates the optimal stargazing conditions similar to what our great-grandparents would have looked upon 100 years ago. During a recent visit, Sara and Brent from Dashboard Living had the pleasure of observing the stars on a clear night. As their eyes adjusted to the darkness, they were amazed to find how breathtaking the view really can be without a single light around. Find out why they recommend a visit through their account entitled Five Ways Stargazing Feeds the Mind and Soul.