Astronomical Tourist Attractions in the Kingston Area

Page Created: 2005 March 06
Page last updated: 2012 September 01

Lennox and Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area * Churchill Park Sundial * City Park * Ellis Hall Observatory * Holleford Crater * Miller Hall Geology Museum * Radio Telescope Ruins * Stirling Hall
We have been asked by numerous visitors, "What is there to see in the Kingston Ontario area that a person with an Astronomy interest might like to see?"

The answer is this web page with links, photos and some background information about anything that we can think of with astronomical links in the area.

Lennox and Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area Southern Ontario, the most populous part of Canada, is rapidly losing its dark skies. The glare of city lights makes it increasingly difficult to witness the unimpeded beauty of the night sky. Luckily for stargazers, astrophotographers and astronomers, there is Lennox & Addington County. Located just a few kilometres north of Erinsville near the Sheffield Conservation Area, the L&A County Dark Sky Viewing Area is the most southerly point in Ontario where the night sky is so pristine, offering a night sky experience very similar to what was available more than 100 years ago. The site includes a large concrete pad for camera or telescope setup, or placement of lawn chairs for general stargazing. While the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is ideal for both professional and amateur astronomers and astrophotographers, it is designed for anyone wishing to observe the natural wonder of the stars. The viewing area is open from dusk until dawn, and you need not make reservations - just come and enjoy. Enthusiasts from near and far are encouraged to bring along binoculars or a telescope and witness - perhaps for the first time - how the night sky is meant to be seen. *** Note: A portable washroom is now available on site at the L&A County Dark Sky Viewing Area ***

Churchill Park Sundial

marking Kingston's 300th year and the 500th anniversary of the birth of Copernicus. Located in Kingston bounded by Brock, Napier and Mack Streets.

City Park

Marks the location of the original Kingston Observatory site. Bounded by Bagot, Barrie, West and King Streets.

Queen's Ellis Hall Observatory

Home of the 16" telescope. Located on Queen' s Campus on University Avenue.

Holleford Crater

Kingston's own 500 million year old meteor impact crater. Located about 30 minutes north of Kingston along highway #38, and east of the town of Hartington.

Miller Hall

Geology Museum with a Holleford Crater display and meteorites. Located on Queen's Campus on Union at Division Streets.

Queen's Old Radio Telescope

Marking the now demolished Queen's Radio Telescope site. Located in Kingston at the western end of Woodbine Road.

Queen's Stirling Hall

Home of the Physics and Astronomy Department and a mini-museum. Located on Queens Campus on Bader Lane.

If you know of any other astronomically related site (artwork, sundials, historic sites, etc) please contact us via email at:
kevin (at) starlightcascade (dot) ca or kim (at) starlightcascade (dot) ca.
Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kevin Kell & Kim Hay
Created by Kevin Kell & Kim Hay