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7 places to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower tonight near Toronto

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Yasmin Aboelsaud Aug 11, 2016 10:00 pm

Last night’s meteor shower show was a cloudy one.

In case you didn’t know, the annual Perseid Meteor Shower arrived on Thursday, and NASA said it’s one of the best potential meteor viewing opportunities this year.

Although August 11 marked the peak of the showers, the early morning hours of August 12 will continue to display some of the meteor activity – weather pending. The Weather Network is showing a risk of thundershowers again, but here’s hoping that clears up during the night.

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Besides yesterday’s tips on viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower in Toronto, here are some spots to catch night two of the show in and around the GTA.

High Park

Probably your best bet for some dark skies in the city. And very accessible.

Where: 1873 Bloor Street West

Scarborough Bluffs

#sunset at #scarboroughbluffs 😍🌅 #Toronto #the6ix

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For east-enders, this gem is no secret. Tucked away in the eastern waterfront, the Bluffs are a hop, skip, and jump from Toronto’s downtown core, and can be quite dark at night. This park is on a cliff – be safe!

Where: 61 Under Cliff Drive.

Binbrook Conservation Area

Watch the Perseids meteor shower with the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers at the Binbrook Conservation Area from 8 to 11pm on Friday August 12. Admission is free, bring the family, along with a blanket and lounge chairs. This event is free.

Where: 5050 Harrison Rd, Hamilton

Millennium Square

Supper by the lake. #beautiful#quaint#cozy#summer#nightout

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Another road trip worthy event is taking place at Pickering’s Millennium Park. All are welcome tonight, and telescopes will be available. Be there by 6 pm, and a cloud-out date is scheduled for tomorrow evening.

Where: Millennium Square beside Frenchman’s Bay at the foot of Liverpool Road, Pickering

Point Pelee

Ok, this one is a little drive away – but so worth it. Hosting the Perseid Meteor Celebration on August 12 and 13, Point Pelee National Park will be open all night.

Where: Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington

Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve

What if the sky and the stars are for show? And the aliens are watching live…

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The only dark-sky experience near Toronto, the Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve is a drive away, but the experience will be worth it. This is one of the only places to guarantee a sighting… weather permitting of course.

Where: Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve, Southwood Road, Gravenhurst

Armour Hill

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A drumlin near the Peterborough Liftlocks, Armour Hill is one of the many green spots in the Kawarthas. It gets fairly dark out here, so it’s another spot to drive to from Toronto if you’re looking to spot some shooting stars tonight.

Where: 300 Hunter Street East, Peterborough

Just remember, go as far as you can city lights when trying to view meteor showers. And if all else fails, we’ve got NASA.


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Yasmin Aboelsaud
Senior Staff Writer, music aficionado, fueled by coffee, travel & Drake.

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