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Stargazing Camping Trip to Torrance Barrens (3 days)

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Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve

Southwood Road

Gravenhurst, ON P0C 1M0

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Every year, Earth passes through the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, causing the Perseid Meteor Shower. It peaks around August 11 - 12, when approximately 80 meteors per hour hit the Earth's atmosphere. Want to see some shooting stars? Come with us to camp out at the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve to take it all in.

On Friday evening, we'll drive up to Torrance Barrens and find a nearby spot to camp. It's about a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto. Bring a good camera and even a telescope if you have one, we're here to watch the stars!

On Saturday, we'll head out for a hike on the reserve's trails and set up camp. There is a small lake for swimming. Torrance Barrens is known for its unusual terrain - bare rocky ridges with small lakes and vegetation between them.

On Saturday evening we'll make some hot chocolate and stay up late to look for shooting stars (fingers crossed for a clear night!).

On Sunday we'll hike back to the parking area and head back to Toronto.

Beginners are welcome!! We can take a maximum of 7 people on this trip (including the two of us).

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There is no minimum or maximum age, but participants should be reasonably fit. There will be some hiking (about 8km) and you'll be carrying a pack. You'll also be doing general physical activities like putting up and taking down tents, cooking, etc. Before the trip we'll send you a safety questionnaire to ask about any physical conditions that might affect your experience on this trip.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

If you're driving, you can find the directions to the trailhead here: http://www.muskokalakes.ca/content/recreational-trails

If you need a ride, we can give you a ride free of charge. We'll meet at Christie Station and drive from there, or we can pick you up along on the way if that's more convenient for you.


Where are we going?

We're going to the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve. You can find a trail guide and map here: http://www.muskokalakes.ca/content/recreational-trails

We can also send you the full itinerary, just us an email at hola@followthewhitesquirrel.ca.


What can I bring into the event and what is included?

We provide all of the camping equipment, food and supplies. You will need to bring appropriate shoes, clothes, personal toiletries, and a large backpack (ideally 35L or more) as we will be sharing the load of the trip supplies.

You can see the packing list here: what to bring

If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email us at hola@followthewhitesquirrel.ca or message us on our Facebook page.

What's the refund policy?

We will provide a full refund up until 7 days before the event. Less than 7 days before the event, in the case of illness or extenuating circumstances, you can reschedule for a different date.

We may need to cancel the trip if the weather conditions are too dangerous to do the trip, such as in cases of thunderstorms, lightning, or heavy winds. We will try to give at least 24 hours’ notice if possible. In any case, if we cancel the trip you will receive a full refund for the trip. In the unlikely event that the trip guides are unable to do the trip due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, we will give you a full refund for the trip and a 10% discount if you want to reschedule the trip for different dates.

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