Many people think you have to travel to Iceland or even just Northern Ontario to see the Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights. But it's good to keep in mind that you can actually do stellar stargazing within a three-hour drive of Montreal.\nYes, the photos make it look like the prime site for an alien abduction slash the set of Stranger Things or Star Trek.\nBut if alien abductions are this beautiful and magical, we say bring 'em on! Note to the extra-terrestrial averse: there is no evidence of any alien abductions taking place at this locale. \nThe Dark Sky Viewing Area in Ontario's Lennox and Addington County "is the most southerly point in Ontario that offers a night sky experience very similar to what was available more than 100 years ago," as stated on the website.\nAnd you can potentially see the Aurora Borealis, Milky Way, Saturn and Jupiter depending when you go. \nEditor's Choice: 6 New Montreal Restaurants That Do Take-Out So You Can Explore The Food Scene From Home\n\n\n100 \n\n\nShooting stars counted by a visitor one night\n\n\n\nIt is difficult to predict when the Northern Lights will be visible. However, there are web trackers that can help you increase your chances. \n"Jupiter and Saturn are bright and easy to see . . . and will be visible until the end of the year," said Rob Plumley, a community development officer for Lennox & Addington County.\n View this post on Instagram #Stargazing party at the @landacounty @darkskyviewing on the weekend. Clears skies, bright stars, and nice people! #discoverontario #ontariokevin #astrophotography #naturallyla #comewander A post shared by L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area (@darkskyviewing) on Jun 11, 2018 at 7:45am PDT\n\nHe said prime viewing time for The Milky Way is July to September.\n"It’s best to view the stars during times with little to no moon," he said, which occurs in the middle of each month.\nAccording to a review on the website, a woman named Rupa S. counted almost 100 meteors one summer night.\nAs you wish upon the stars before bed or dream of a future sky-gazing adventure, it's nice to remember that outer space is so perceptible and so stunning in a not-so-distant place.\n View this post on Instagram 🌌之二 A post shared by Louina Liao (@laticia_598) on May 28, 2020 at 9:41am PDT\n\n\n\n\nDark Sky Viewing Area\nPrice: Free; No registration required\nWhen: Dusk until dawn\nAddress: 7980 County Road 41, Lennox & Addington County, Ontario (37 kilometres north of Napanee)\nWhy You Need To Go: Parking spots, a concrete pad set up for cameras or telescopes, and some serious stargazing that could include the Aurora Borealis and Milky Way — within 3.5 hours of Montreal\nWebsite\n\n\nBefore you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.