The Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve is a conservation area in Central Ontario, Canada, about 112 miles (181 km) north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The location and topography make the Torrance Barrens an excellent location for night-time sky viewing opportunities; there is no light pollution of nearby cities, telescopes and cameras can be stationed on its solid bedrock, and the natural open space provides an unobstructed panorama of the sky and horizon. Please note that the Township of Muskoka Lakes has recently passed a measure banning all camping in the area until further notice. However in the meantime, the reserve is open to the public for overnight hikes and short-term stargazing. For more information, please visit online or call 800-267-9700.
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