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10 Great Camping Spots for Star Gazing


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Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada
As night falls on Algonquin Provincial Park, get ready to catch a glimpse of a star-studded sky.
As night falls on Algonquin Provincial Park, get ready to catch a glimpse of a star-studded sky.
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Ontario's first provincial park, Algonquin sits a little northeast of Toronto, tucked almost against the border with neighboring province Quebéc. The park is 2,946 square miles (1,192 hectares) of fairly wild deciduous and coniferous forest, plus five major types of habitat, resulting in a wonderful diversity in plants and animals [sources: Algonquin Provincial Park, Algonquin Provincial Park].

It's usually easy to see a star-kissed sky here, as there's little artificial light. In fact, you can get in good stargazing from virtually every location. Amateur and professional astronomers from all over the world visit, and tour operators running trips near the park, such as Out for Adventure, tout "endless stargazing" as a trip highlight [sources: Algonquin Provincial Park, Out for Adventure]. An annual Star Party is held in June [source: Terence Dickinson's Sky News].

Since camping is one of the most popular pastimes in Algonquin Park, you have your choice of locations, sites and camping types: drive-to camping, including campgrounds, yurts, ranger cabins and RV camping; or backcountry camping, which offers ranger cabins, paddle-in campsites and backpacking sites [source: Algonquin Provincial Park].


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