Located in the district municipality of Muskoka in Central Ontario, Canada, the Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve is open 24 hours and is famously visited by hundreds of people every day. Designated as the world’s first permanent dark sky reserve, this beautiful conservation area is spread over 4700 acres. The entire 4700 acres are covered in bedrock and wetlands, including trees and bushes that are stunted in height. One of the most striking geological areas of Muskoka, the Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve contains scattered boulders and little soil.

What Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve Is Famous For?

One cannot miss doing amazing things while visiting the famous Dark-Sky Preserve!

Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve is a delight for people who love star gazing and laying down on cool wet grass without any disruptions. If you are a stargazer, this preserve will offer you a 360-degree view of the beautiful Ontario night sky. Unhampered by light or noise pollution, one can easily see the rings of Saturn without owning a professional telescope. This is because the sky is so clear that even an amateur telescope can also enable one to see the amazement and attractions of space.

In appearance, northern lights, or as they are famously known, Aurora Borealis, are also put up in the Torrance Dark-Sky Preserve. This preserve also doubles as a hiking or mountain biking destination for those who are fond of it. If you love hiking or mountain biking, all you have to do is pack your gear and get ready for an adventure in your life.

Another amazing fact about the Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve is that Ontario’s only lizard, the five-lined skink, or Plestiodon fasciatus, as it is scientifically known, can be commonly seen here along with the extremely rare Eastern bluebird. These amazing wildlife species are not a common sight to behold. One can spot them easily on different occasions during their visit to Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve. What can be better than flaunting your friends about the rare experiences that you gained!

Fun Things To Do Near Torrance Barrens Preserves 

  • Visit Lake Muskoka
  • Checkout Muskoka Steamships
  • Take at tour of Sawdust City Brewing
  • Visit Santa’s Village