Winter Celestial Calendar

Photo by Lucas Pezeta

The Haliburton Highlands’ natural darkness fosters an ideal setting for both seasoned astronomers and casual sky gazers. Amidst this tranquil landscape, the stars come alive, offering a profound connection to the vastness of the universe.

Whether seeking cosmic revelations or simply marveling at the celestial panorama, this dark sky area promises an unforgettable journey through the wonders of the night sky.

Did you know that New Moons provide the best time to view the stars and celestial objects.

Important Celestial Dates

Diagram showing the distance between the Sun and Earth at different times of the year (perihelion and aphelion).Jan 3: Earth’s Perihelion

At 00:38 UTC, the Earth will reach perihelion—the point on its orbit closest to the Sun.



Couple sitting outside their camp in the mountains under a starry night sky.Jan 11: New Moon

A New Moon in the sky means no moonlight to hinder your view of stars and planets. Use our Interactive Night Sky Map to find out what planets are visible tonight and where.


Starry night sky over the mountain city in the fogMar 10: Super New Moon

Dark nights a few days before and after the Moon reaches its New Moon phase at 09:00 UTC on March 10 are the best nights to do some night sky watching—see our map! Once again, this is a Super New Moon.


Haliburton Forest’s Astronomy Program

Nestled within the Haliburton Highlands, the Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve stands as a beacon for stargazing aficionados. Here, far from the city lights, the pristine darkness creates an expansive canvas for celestial wonders. 

Book spots for their Astronomy Program that runs July and August, or stay overnight on your own and be amazed of the unobstructed view of the night sky.

Viewing Conditions

If you wish to see what the viewing conditions will be for your visit, please click here.