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Town: Caledon
 
Observing site: Forks of the Credit Provincial Park

Address: McLaren Road

Postal Code: L0N 1C0

Telephone number: (705) 435-2498

URL: http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/parks/fork.html

Restrictions: There is an automated pay booth in the parking lot, but the park staff would rather have astronomers for free than the rowdies who sometimes visit! They don't pay either.

Directions: Heading north on Highway 10, turn left (west) onto Charleston Sideroad in Caledon. Second left (south) is McLaren Road (sign for Forks of the Credit Provincial Park). If you reach bridge and railroad, you've missed McLaren and gone too far west! On McLaren Road, look for inconspicuous park entrance on right (west) just south of flashing orange light.  Follow drive into parking lot, which is where we observe from.

Current weather:

 

How are the sky conditions? Milky Way usually visible.  Some sky glow to southeast from Brampton, less from southwest from Georgetown.  Best site I know within reasonable drive of Toronto.

 
Typical naked-eye magnitude limit on a clear, moonless night:
     At the zenith: 5.5
     East: 4.5
     West: 5.0
     North: 5.0
     South: 5.0

Best horizon (direction and approximate altitude cut-off): West-South, 0-5°

Worst horizon (direction and approximate altitude cut-off): North-East, 15-25°

Comments from contributor: Frequently visited on moonless nights by amateur astronomers from Toronto and vicinity. Also a popular necking spot. Police usually visit every couple of hours, but seem used to astronomers. Wildlife consists mainly of mosquitoes and coyotes; the latter make a lot of noise sometimes, but I've never actually seen one.

 

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