Manitoulin Island is the largest fresh water island in the world characterized by a chain of more than 100 small lakes, about 108 miles (174 km) southwest of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Revered by locals and visitors for its horizon-to-horizon viewing, the island is also home to a commercial, privately-owned dark sky preserve called Gordon’s Park, where beautiful night skies are boasted in addition to weekly events, star parties, and accommodations perfect for stargazing. The island also offers many activities, programs for travelers, and special events to take part in, as well camping opportunities where visitors can intentionally set out to get lost and have a unique experience with nature. For more information, please visit online or call 705-368-3021.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.