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Stargazing in Algonquin: A grand tour of the night sky!

Updated: May 6, 2022

Take a break from the glow of your phone and light up your evening with a personal, guided tour of the night sky instead! Blast off into the furthest galaxies, see the Perseids Meteor shower and learn more about space - a topic that has fascinated humans across the ages - with special guest astrophysicist Caroline El-Khoury who will offer guided night sky tours at Four Corners Algonquin this summer.

When was the last time you really looked up at the night sky? At Four Corners Algonquin, we offer night skies second to none in Ontario each summer. We also host dark sky astronomy tours for our glampers and guests.

Four Corners Algonquin | A designated Observatory Site Located on the edge of Algonquin Park, we are a dark sky friendly site and registered observatory on which gives us location-specific weather forecasts generated from data originating at the Canadian Meteorological Society. Our location isn't fancy by any means, but our night sky views are amazing, and when you combine that with some of the most brilliant scientific minds who can interpret for us what we're seeing, guests tell us the experience is unforgettable.

Learn | See | Ask | Explore Whether you’re a family with young children interested in space, a space enthusiast, or a Star Wars fan, we welcome you to bring a blanket, some bug spray and your pressing questions about space.

Have you ever wondered:

  • Why does the Perseids meteor shower happens every year?

  • If we’ll ever make the jump to hyper-space like the Millennium Falcon?

  • How planets were formed and what they are made of?

Now is your chance to find out!

Experience the unforgettable August night skies through basic telescope equipment and open your eyes to a new dimension. Ask questions. Learn about what it takes to become an astronomer. Find planets in the night sky and discover fun facts about the Perseids meteor shower that you can use to impress your friends.

All you need to do is show up, sit-back and watch one of the greatest “light” shows on earth!

2022 Night-Sky Guide | Caroline El-Khoury

This year we are thrilled to welcome astrophysicist Caroline El-Khoury who will offer guided night sky tours on August 12 and 13, 2022 to coincide with the peak of the Perseids meteor shower. A recent graduate of the University of Toronto, Caroline hosted a number of these sold out workshops last year on Manitoulin Island to great acclaim.

On August 12, visit Four Corners Algonquin for an all-ages event to view the night sky through basic telescope technology and to learn about how travelers used stars as a compass in ancient times. On August 13th, we'll meet at Four Corners Algonquin and head to an off-site location with spectacular views of the Milky Way. Both nights (weather permitting) will give attendees a brilliant view of the meteor shower and phenomenal night sky photography opportunities. In the event of inclement weather, we'll meet under the tent for a lively Q&A instead.

(To cover the costs of securing the best guides, guided night sky tours are ticketed events. Tickets are available online now. Individual tickets are $25 each. Family tickets for up to 6 members of the same household are $50 each. These events are non-refundable. Due to the higher risk associated with off-site events, the August 13th event is not recommended for children under 10 years of age. If you have any questions about the suitability of these events for your family, please call ahead and we'll be happy to help you make an informed decision.)

Tips for those interested in learning more:

  • Check out Stellarium - free phone/computer software you can use to plan your night sky hunt. You enter your location, date and time and it shows you what you can expect to see. Four Corners Algonquin GPS coordinates are 45.49605 -78.23507. Our best views will be of the sky from North-East to South-West.

  • Those living in Toronto should check out AstroTours when things open up. It's a monthly event hosted by the Astronomy graduate students at the University of Toronto where you can hear science talks and view the night sky from large university telescopes.

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