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Good for northern light

When the northern light is strong, you can see it from this preserve. Not far away from the... read more

Reviewed November 18, 2018
The G
Toronto, Canada
Prepare to be surprised

This is an off the beaten trail, remote and lightly used park several miles from tinyTorrance... read more

Reviewed November 5, 2018
Jacksonville, Florida
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Highway 13 Muskoka, Torrance, Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed November 18, 2018

When the northern light is strong, you can see it from this preserve. Not far away from the greater Toronto area but the parking space is limited, so you want to go there early.

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank The G
Reviewed November 5, 2018

This is an off the beaten trail, remote and lightly used park several miles from tinyTorrance-- maybe 20 miles from Gravenhurst. It's a surprising, almost otherworldly place-- huge expanses of bare rock, copses, lakes and quiet. Not too much wildlife, but I have seen bears...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank hks40k2
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

An amazing area to hike and/or stargaze. We were there early Saturday morning and weather was cool. We did not see one an other person. The trails were in good shape with the exception of the boardwalks which were totally useless. Unfortunately there was a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank jetbush
Reviewed September 9, 2018

the place is a pig sty thanks to people not cleaning up after themselves,there are large areas of broken glass, garbege bags are left in the parking lot, consequently animals have broken in to them. It is about time MNR did something to keep the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank 128jude
Reviewed August 15, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank Debarati G
Reviewed August 14, 2018 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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 7, 2018 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

Date of experience: August 2018
14  Thank jaxmaxxx
Reviewed August 7, 2018 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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  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)

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2017
5  Thank Martin A
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December 23, 2018|
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Response from Martin A | Reviewed this property |
There is lots of free parking.
September 17, 2018|
Response from Martin A | Reviewed this property |
There is camping nearby.