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Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve

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Awesome place to gaze the stars!

Just loved it. Felt like an explorer when we were there! Walking over the gigantic rocks in pitch... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Debarati G
Pune, India
Nice nature reserve

Gorgeous nature reserve, great location for night sky viewing. Unfortunately abused by visitors... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, Ontario
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“milky way”(5 reviews)
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Highway 13 Muskoka, Torrance, Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Just loved it. Felt like an explorer when we were there! Walking over the gigantic rocks in pitch dark, with tiny mobile lights guiding us our way! What an adventure it was! Also saw so many shooting stars, moving satellites, picture perfect sky so full...More

Thank Debarati G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gorgeous nature reserve, great location for night sky viewing. Unfortunately abused by visitors and illegal campers, lots of litter and garbage strewn over the pristine area.

Thank DM S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So that was fun! When I first heard about the "Dark Sky" I thought my boyfriend was describing a new Star Wars movie but to my surprise, when the sleeping bags and tents were thrown into the car, I realized I was about to embark...More

2  Thank Jackie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Over this past August long weekend, the Torrance Barrens was extremely busy. A man that we met along the trail was advising people that the " No Camping" and "No Parking" signs appearing in the area, were posted last year by the authorities. One of...More

Thank Jay D
Reviewed July 14, 2018

Very good spot. Can be spoiled by folks who cannot keep quiet or move about without torches and headlights on the cars (while parked up)

1  Thank LondonUKTraveller101
Reviewed July 4, 2018

During the day you can hike around a glacial pot hole, following the Torrance Barrens trail, and at night you can see an incredible number of stars. The Barrens looks like the landscape much further north as there are a lot of lichens on granite...More

4  Thank Martin A
Reviewed September 17, 2017

We, as a family, have been going to Torrence Barrens for years and years. It has always been a 'go to place' when we are searching for 'something to do' or 'somewhere to go' and it never fails to amaze! There is so much going...More

2  Thank Michael B
Reviewed September 10, 2017

We took a side trip to add 10km or so to our ride. Nice variety of terrain, worth an hour or so. Not busy, easy to experience some naure.

Thank wmanos
Reviewed September 6, 2017

One of my preferred places to visit outside yet close to Toronto. The place is a dark sky preserve which allows visitors to view the stars and find constellations and when lucky get possible viewings of northern lights. A nice place to get away from...More

6  Thank Chaitanya S
Reviewed August 31, 2017 via mobile

Have been going there since 2005. Glad to see that the authorities are implementing regulations so that this precious eco-sensitive land is protected and people who visit respect this place enough to be considerate to take all their trash and waste with them. It is...More

1  Thank Jay D
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mike l
August 12, 2018|
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Response from Martin A | Reviewed this property |
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August 12, 2018|
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Response from Jackie M | Reviewed this property |
Not far at all. You park, walk through some trees and there's an opening with a couple of billboards that explains the significance of the place. Within 2-5 minutes you can find a good spot. Bring a chair.