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    Default Bruce Penninsula Dark Skies & Canadian Customs



    As a beginner astronomy buff who vacations in Southampton, I've heard there is a dark skies area somewhere along the Bruce Penninsula, south of Tobermory. If so, has anyone experienced it? Also, does anyone know of any Candadian Customs issues that might me encountered by bringing my astronomy equipment with me from the USA? Thanks in advance!
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    According to the artificial brightness overlay on google earth, the northern 2/3 of the peninsula is a grey area (very dark) until just before you get to Tobermory. Take a daytime ride and check it out for possible sights. I would be interested in what you find.
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    Default Bruce Dark Skies

    Eric,

    Thanks for responding to my request. I will be in Southampton during the second week of August for, hopefully, a series of family star parties (as long as the weather cooperates). We are planning to scope out (sorry) the area between Wiarton and Tobermory so that we can learn more about the dark skies reserve that is supposed to be there. What I'm curious about is, if the dark skies areas are on public land, what if any restrictions are there in accessing it at night? We are also planning to take the ferry across to Manitoulin Island as we understand there is a resort there that caters to amateur astronomers. We might try to spend a couple of nights there too. I'll let you know what we find.
    I'm still concerned about bringing my gear across at Sarnia. I guess it's no different than bringing your sporting gear or your boat with you. We'll see.
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