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Darkest skies in southern Ontario on display again this summer
Dark Sky Preserve one of the best places for stargazing in the province

Plevna, Ontario - North Frontenac has the darkest skies in southern Ontario and therefore the Dark Sky Preserve is one of the best places for stargazing in the province. Located within hours from Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and New York, the preserve has a beautiful observation pad that is publically accessible and today the schedule of events for the upcoming season has been released, beginning with International Astronomy Day in May.

"We are very excited to bring visitors to the observation pad. The events we organize showcase the dark skies we are known for and we often bring in amateur astronomers who provide context to what you see. And you see a lot," said North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins, himself is a passionate stargazer and owner of a small telescope.

"I am proud to represent an area that is one of the best places to watch the skies in Ontario," Higgins said. He adds that anybody is welcome, whether people have binoculars, a telescope or none of the above and that the observation pad is also accessible on evenings there are no special events scheduled.

For a full list of events and other details visit:
http://www.northfrontenac.com/dark-sky-preserve.html
At each organized event there are members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in attendance to assist.

About the North Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve
The Dark Sky Preserve in North Frontenac is located near Plevna, Ontario in the County of Frontenac, two hours from Ottawa and New York State, and 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. 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. Visit http://www.northfrontenac.com/dark-sky-preserve.html for more details or like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nfdsp The physical address of the observation pad is 5816 Road 506, just south of Plevna, Ontario.

For more information contact
Corey Klatt, Manager of Community Development
recreation@northfrontenac.ca
613-479-2231 extension 233

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