Get ready Toronto, because this October and November, we will have a front-row seat to one of our solar system’s most incredible events – the Orionids Meteor Shower.
Described by NASA as ” one of the most beautiful” displays of the year, Orionid “shooting stars” are bright and impressive – especially on nights when the Earth’s rocky neighbour is faint.
You may see up to 15 flaming pieces of Halley’s Comet light up the sky every hour during its peak on Friday, October 21st. But, the meteor shower will remain active until November 22nd.
If you’re not sure where to watch the Orionids Meteor Shower in Toronto, we’ve got plenty of options for you.
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.
Where: 1132 Leslie St, Toronto, ON
This location has some epic 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 Port Lands, this unique urban nature park 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: 1 Leslie Street
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 the Orionids 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!