Located in the spectacular Madawaska Highlands of Ontario,
and anchored into billion year old Precambrian rock this new national
destination not only performs world-class scientific research
with the most powerful telescope in Canada and the most powerful
in the world in its class, but brings visitors to experience our
place here in our small corner of the Milky Way and the Universe
at large with its trillions of galaxies.
Situated under a dazzling night sky without a hint of light
pollution, visitors will experience an horizon to horizon Milky
Way that will cast your shadow. Ten thousand stars can be glimpsed
on a moonless night and two hundred meteors per hour will light
up the sky during the December Geminids.
The best place to view the Milky Way for 100,000,000 in
Canada and the USA.
The state-of-the-art Visitors Centre is designed by the multi
award winning architectural firm Christopher Simmonds Architect
Inc, it will be the largest off-grid super-green commercial building
in the world. A zero carbon footprint, a zero impact building.
Visitors will enjoy a stunning panoramic view from atop a
four-hundred and fifty meter plateau, amongst the highest in Ontario.
The heart of the visitor experience will be viewing with the
largest and most powerful public telescopes in the world. Designed
and manufactured by Dream Telescopes Inc, a world leader in high
performance telescopes, these custom designed short focus telescopes
dont need a ladder and will offer of field of view almost
ten times the area of the full moon. Quite simply the best views
of the universe anywhere in the world.
The Visitors Centre will host the highest resolution planetarium
in the world using the latest and most advanced digital projection
technology, producing mind blowing shows.
The facility will be available for special event bookings
to host business meetings, weddings, receptions and ceremonies,
family reunions, birthdays, council meetings, corporate retreats,
meetings, workshops, anniversaries, receptions, theater productions,
state-of-the-art presentations, exhibitions, backdrop for movie
productions, product demonstrations, AGMs, special events,
team building, corporate development, company getaways or any
event that requires some place very special, something truly out
of the ordinary. And a conference centre for up to 150 with the
addition of the hotel at Phase II
Visitors can explore our exhibit and display hall, witness
the Wide-Field-Telescope control room in the front lobby and enjoy
fine dining in our nicely appointed five star restaurant, and
find themed items from around the world in our boutique. Very
large 10K x 10K video walls in the front lobby will showcase the
extraordinary images taken with the most powerful telescope in
Canada. A well equipped theatre will host audio/visual shows with
presentations that will accompany all key activities such as visiting
the off-grid energy independent building, touring the professional
and public telescopes and viewing with the large public telescopes.
In addition special guests will be invited to speak about the
most exciting new discoveries and the research being conducted
The whole facility is sculpted into the natural topography
following the gentle curves of the plateau and integrating beautifully
within the existing natural environment.
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Viewing with the worlds' most powerful public telescopes.
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World's most energy efficient building