Dark Sky Preserve

The Dark Sky Preserve in North Frontenac is located near Plevna just North Frontenac Dark Sky Perservetwo hours from Ottawa and New York State, and only four hours from Montreal and Toronto.

The observation pad is one of the best places for stargazing in the province. It is a public space with amenities, including parking, accessible washroom and electrical service. Anyone can setup their telescope and enjoy the darkest skies in southern Ontario. At organized events, amateur astronomers are available to provide context.

On August 3, 2013 the Township of North Frontenac became the first municipality in Canada to receive Dark Sky Preserve status from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. 

The Dark Sky Preserve observation pad is one of the best places for astronomy. It is adjacent to the helipad at 5816 Road 506, four kilometers south-west of the Township offices near Plevna, Ontario.

North Frontenac has the darkest skies in southern Ontario and it is the perfect place for star gazing. Plus we are easily reached by millions of potential visitors from Southern Ontario, Eastern Quebec, Northern New York, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.


2020 Events

The following events are taking place at the North Frontenac Star Gazing Pad at 5816 Road 506 between Plevna and Fernleigh. Check our events calendar for event updates. Events begin at sunset. In depth details will be posted on the facebook page as the date gets closer. Feel free to use the observation pad at any time for your viewing pleasure.

Contact Manager of Community Development for more information. recreation@northfrontenac.ca, 613-479-2231x233

 Moon Phase Status
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 Sky and Ground Conditions at the North Frontenac Observation Pad
View Environment Canadas Clear Sky Chart for sky and ground conditions.

North Frontenac Outdoor Lighting Policy

View our Outdoor Lighting By-law for more information. 

Observation Pad

Dark Sky Preserve Observation Pad

The Observation Pad is a public space with amenities, including parking,

washroom, electrical service and the concrete pad, where anyone can setup their telescope and enjoy the dark skies.

The pad is located at 5816 Road 506 just south of Plevna.

Pad Coordinates (44.91791, -76.93947)

View the Local Amenities Map for more information.


Other Links

For more articles, websites and applications

For updates, photos and upcoming events visit our Facebook page.

Visit the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Read Cottage Life's – The best night-sky views in Canada article.

Download Heavens Above Android Application.

Download EarthSky's 2018 Meteor Shower Guide.

View updates of the best nights to view the Aurora Borealis

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