The Torrance Barrens is world renown for its astronomical value. Few places in the world offer such an accessible opportunity to view the Milky Way, our home galaxy.
The main dark sky viewing area is on the smooth granite outcrop immediately behind the Ministry sign on Southwood Road. It is accessible to vehicles to allow easy unloading of telescopes and astrophotography gear. This is the prime viewing area. For unsurpassed binocular viewing with a fully unobstructed 360-degree panorama, walk along the main trail (follow signs), across the boardwalk and up the first ridge.