Camping at Torrence Barrens, Ontario

by Ryan Rowell on June 30, 2007

At the last minute toady after Sunday dinner, Brandon, Ryan’s younger brother invites us to go camping for the night 45mins. away from Barrie. Of course Ryan cannot say no, even at the very last minute, so we run home and pack our gear and off we go.

I didn’t have a chance to pack properly so we had like 50,000 bags to carry on a 20 minute hike.

Torrance Barrens Conservation area was designated the worlds first permanent Dark Sky Reserve. The 4,700 acres of Crown land is bedrock and wetlands, with trees and bushes that are stunted in height. For star-gazers this means a spectacular 360 degree view of the night sky, unhampered by light pollution.

Unfortunately it was a cloudy night, so we made the best of it.

here are some fun shots we did.

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But because it was so dark, I accidentally left a flash behind and when we got into the drive way of our house I realized it was missing, and Ryan drove back to our camp site and of course after the 50 or so people who came through there, it was gone. Canon 580ex speedlight M.I.A.