photo of the milky way in the night sky over Georgian Bay

Uncover the astronomical wonders of the night sky

150 billion stars – one unforgettable weekend.

Big city lights will be a faint glow in your memory as the peninsula darkness provides the perfect backdrop for a spectacular view our Milky Way. The stars seem to shine brighter here…find out why!

Home of one of the UNESCO Worlds Biosphere Reserve

Home to 1 of the 701 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in the world – and 1 of 18 Biosphere reserves in Canada. This means that when you look up at in most places in Southern Ontario, you’ll see only a handful of the stars that shine bright on the Bruce Peninsula.

As the sun sets on another glorious day, the starry vistas begin to unfold in the Dark Sky Preserve on the Bruce Peninsula. Big city lights will be a faint flow in your memory as the peninsula darkness provides the perfect backdrop for a spectacular view our Milky Way. 

Person sitting lakeside at night looking at the milky way in the sky
Bruce Peninsula

Bayside Astronomy Nights

Known for its stunning natural assets, the Bruce Peninsula is part of a globally significant, UNESCO designated world biosphere reserve. On Friday and Saturday summer nights from Canada Day to Labour Day, the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association hosts a free Bayside Astronomy program at the harbour in Lion’s Head. Away from the glow of urban light pollution, we have some of the darkest skies in Ontario, and stargazing here is phenomenal.

A trip to the POD (Peninsula Observation Deck) in Lion’s Head is sure to inspire, as the team gets out their big telescopes and provides a tour of the night sky, constellations and our home galaxy, the milky way. Bayside Astronomy takes the show on the road Mondays at Miller’s Family Camp, Wednesdays at Summer House Park and Thursdays at Singing Sands in Bruce Peninsula National Park.