A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to capture one of the most extraordinary night sky’s I’ve seen to date for Ontario Travel. The Torrance Barrens Conservation and Dark Sky Reserve is the world’s first permanently designated dark sky reserve and located near Gravenhurst, Ontario. The area has minimal light pollution and if you go on a clear sky (and make sure there is none or little moonlight), the sky lights up with stars like never been seen before.

I arrived in the late afternoon and spent a few hours setting up and scouting the area while it was still light out. Once it got dark, I ended up staying up all night (barring a few hours before dawn) checking on the cameras and moving around the set-ups to get different angles. It took a bit of math and testing to get the shots right, but once set, the results were pretty incredible.

While it was a cold and dark (and a bit lonely) night…it was an experience to remember for sure. The reserve is only a few hours drive from Toronto. I highly recommend heading up this spring/summer on a clear day to go check out the night sky.


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