Site: Réserve Faunique La Vérendrye
Address: Route rurale 1, Montcerf, Québec, Canada, J0W 1N0
Phone: (819) 438-2017, (800) 665-6527
Directions: Road 117 north from Montréal or any other town located on it, up to kilometer 324. Small sand road to the west leads to airstrip. Click here for a park map or here to go to Google Maps to create a map.
Restrictions: VERY IMPORTANT: Registration is required at http://www.sepaq.com/rf/lvy/en/ or by phone at either (819) 438-2017 or (800) 665-6527 prior to camping, with payment by credit card (around $20 US per night for 2 persons in 1 car). If the web site says they are full, try a phone call.
Sky Conditions: Dark as dark can be. Only a glow from auroras and Milky Way could make us see each other when I went, my friend says normally darker.
Best horizon (direction and approximate altitude cut-off): East and west horizons are almost perfect, only for some trees and the occasional car coming from sand road in front of airstrip, coming from mid-distant Native settlement... Maybe down to 10-15° or less... Bortle 1 or maybe 2 for those horizons.
Worst horizon (direction and approximate altitude cut-off): Northern horizon seemed bad, about Bortle 3-4, but possibly because of faint aurora... Also occasional glow from car headlights since airstrip is parallel to road 117 (secondary highway)... Still down to 15-20°...
Comments from contributor: Probably the darkest road-accessible site in Québec except for Far North... Milky Way was 180°, very bright, casting faint shadows. Veil Nebula can supposedly be seen in 10x50 binoculars without filter, but I didn't know what I was looking for... Possible camping sites are about 10 minutes drive from airstrip. We had chosen Embarras camping, which is around kilometer 316 (forest road 20), on the shore of a very nice lake, with swimmable/navigable beach. Only service is chemical toilet (bring your own paper).
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