07 Oct

Torrance Barrens – There’s a Darkness on the Edge of Town

I finally found the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve just south east of Bala, Ontario. This conservation reserve is made up of about 5000 acres of Precambrian rock, wetlands and modest tree growth making it ideal for astronomical instruments. It is Canada’s first Dark Sky Preserve. I plan to dust off the telescope I received as a gift many moons ago and return here one night to check out the skies, which are apparently mind blowing. This is a photo of the Highland Pond near the parking area off district road #13.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Info on Torrance Barrens


Please click on the image for a Milky-way sized photo

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  1. Jenn Jilks says:

    Great spot for hikes. Short or long. It’s tricky in May, but the fall is perfect!

  2. They are having a 10th anniversary celebration out there on October 17th. I think there is more info at the Muskoka Heritage Foundation….

  3. Heather says:

    Such a unique photo…it could be a painting!!!


  4. Jennie says:

    Looks like a good place to explore! Let’s hope for some clear skies soon. They seem to be scarce as hens’ teeth these last few months!

  5. Jason says:

    We’re on 9 Mile Lake in Torrance. More than half the lake is dark skies and it’s just incredible. Whether for a little daytime cruise/swim or stargazing at night, it’s so serene and perfect.

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