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Dark Sky Nights

Milkyway at Point Pelee
© Parks Canada / Photo Credit: Cale Best

Experience the wonders of the night sky

Dark Sky Night
April 9, 2016

With the coming of mild, springtime evenings, our gaze outwards into the night sky is toward intergalactic space. If the weather is clear, the dark, moonless night sky at Point Pelee on this evening will be the perfect place to view a few of the nearer galaxies which, nevertheless, lie far beyond our own Milky Way. They’ll be glimpsed through telescopes operated by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Windsor Center.

Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada at the Visitor Centre parking lot at 8 pm. Park open until midnight.

What’s Croaking?
April 23, 2016
Visitor Centre, 7 p.m.

Spring is here and love is in the air. Take a stroll through the swamp forest with a park interpreter and hear the nocturnal courtship songs of Point Pelee’s frogs and toads. Stay later and enjoy the other night sights and sounds. Park open until midnight.

Woodcock Walk
May 21, 2016
DeLaurier Homestead and Trail, 8 p.m.

Join a park interpreter to see and hear the amusing antics of the American Woodcock as it performs it aerial courtship display. Can you do the Woodcock Walk? Stay later and enjoy the other night sight and sounds. Park open until midnight.

Marsh by Moonlight
June 18, 2016
Marsh Boardwalk, 8:30 p.m.

Have you ever enjoyed the marsh by the light of the moon? Here’s your chance. Join Pelee Wings Paddlesports for a moonlit paddle through the marsh and explore it like few others have. Paddling not your speed? Join park staff for a stroll around the boardwalk and learn how we study the natural world after dark. You’ll have the chance to become part of our Marsh monitoring program and hear just how active the marsh is at night. Park open to midnight.

Parks Day Astronomy Weekend
July 16-17, 2016

Join acclaimed astronomy writer Peter McMahon for a weekend filled with astronomy. View the surface of the sun, take in a show at the portable planetarium and join in the stargazing. Park open to 2 am for maximum viewing experience.

Perseid Meteor Celebration
August 12-13, 2016

We’re staying open all night to view the peak of this annual meteor shower. Kick the night off with a local moth expert and see what amazing species he’s able to attract – you’ll be surprised just how colourful some moths are. Join members of RASC later in the evening and enjoy the meteor show. Park open all night between August 12 and 13.

Do you need more information?

These dates offer the darkest skies for optimum viewing due to their proximity to the new moon. Designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Windsor Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the Park will be open until midnight. For the best star gazing encounters, we recommend you come equipped with binoculars or a telescope.

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