Dark Sky Reserve of Mont-Megantic
International Dark Sky Reserve of Mont-Megantic
The International Dark Sky Reserve of Mont-Megantic, located in the Eastern Townships, was created in 2007 with the mission to preserve the quality of Quebec’s natural heritage. The Dark Sky Reserve occupies more than 5500-square kilometre area, the heart of which encompasses the observatory and National Park of Mont-Megantic.
The International Dark Sky Association, an Arizona-based group dedicated to light-pollution abatement, awarded International Dark Sky Reserve status to the Reserve, which encloses an area with an exceptional quality of starry nights.
While the Dark Sky Reserve intends to protect the view of the stars for the observatory atop Mont Megantic, its designation also highlights the chance for anyone to see a truly dark sky streaked with stars….
The Reserve is located amid rolling Appalachian mountains spilling over from Maine, in a forest, unbroken heart of wilderness, except for a few fields and Christmas tree farms. Each fall, you can see lots of sugar maples tinted flaming red there.