Telescopes to the sky, Jr. Astronomers. Tonight (August 11th) will be THE night, as the Milky Ways’ most incredible show finally hits its highly anticipated peak! Rumoured to feature anywhere between 40-150 shooting stars per hour, this unreal spectacle will not be one to miss, but it’ll take a bit of planning! No thanks to the city’s light pollution, finding just the right spot to catch the event isn’t an easy task, luckily, we’ve already done a lot of the work for you! Here are the best places in Toronto to catch the Perseids meteor shower this week. It’ll really be something else!
Head to the west end and find a spot in this massive park for some prime stargazing. There are tons of secluded enclaves around High Park where you can see the stars clearly with minimal light interference.
Where: 1873 Bloor St West
If High Park is too out of your way, head over to the sprawling green space at Sunnybrook Park in North York. With trees that line every pathway and riverbed, grass as far as the eye can see, and benches aplenty, Sunnybrook is the ultimate spot for couples, friends or just for one to enjoy their own company. Don’t forget a blanket though, it gets chilly after dark!
Where: 1132 Leslie St, Toronto, ON
This location has some insane views even when the sky is not lit up, so you know it’s a must-hit for this. Travel to the outer edges of Toronto to enjoy beaches, trails, and of course awesome views. The distance from downtown means you can enjoy the sky without too much light pollution getting in your way.
Where: 1 Brimley Rd S
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Located in the outer harbour, Leslie Spit is a serene, kind of secret, space completely removed from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Take a seat on the shores and take in a sunset, a sunrise or in tonight’s case, an incredible meteor shower.
Where: Directions here
Centred around a river of the same name, Rouge National Park is free of Toronto’s streetlights, buildings or vehicles. This week, take a deep breath, make a wish (or 150) and enjoy a quiet evening under the stars.
Where: Zoo Rd, Toronto, ON
If you’re over in the west end, be sure to check out this awesome gem. There are loads of greenery and waterfront sights to explore. Plus, the on-site butterfly habitat is a must-see this spring. If you’ve got the time, try hitting it up before the sun sets and extending your stay to the evening for the meteor shower.
Where: 100 Humber Bay Park Rd W
So there you have, it friends. The best places to catch tonight’s Perseid’s meteor shower. It’s certainly not every day that we get to see this kind of thing, so don’t miss it. Let’s hope for clear skies!