Join with our community partners and help us to celebrate the Bruce & Fathom Five Parks Dark Sky Preserve!
On March 28th of 2009, Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park became Canada’s newest Dark Sky Preserve.
The Dark Sky Preserve designation, given by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, is for an area where artificial lighting is limited and active measures are in place to educate and promote the reduction of light pollution to the public and nearby municipalities.
An increasing global concern, light pollution is created when light energy is directed away from ground where it is needed, into the night sky. Excessive artificial lighting has been shown to have a negative effect on wildlife (e.g., confusing protective instincts, increasing vulnerability to predators, decreasing pollination and reproduction, and impacting migration). In addition, it makes it difficult for astronomers to see and study the stars, and is an indication of wasted energy.
The Northern Bruce Peninsula is one of the a few remaining places in Southern Ontario where you can see the night sky as your great grandparents did. This Dark Sky Preserve designation, only the 8th in Canada, will help to ensure that this connection to our heritage is preserved for our visitors in the future.