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 worlds' most energy efficient 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
don't 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 far far away "Star Wars Galaxy" can
be admired with the Giant Eye. This telescope with its very large
one metre or 40" mirror under our exceptionally dark night
sky can reveal individual stars, open star clusters, globular
star clusters and glowing clouds of gas in the "Star
Wars Galaxy". This galaxy is about 12 million light
years away, is one of the nearest and most beautiful face on spiral
galaxies in the whole sky.
The Visitors Centre will host the highest resolution and most
advanced planetarium in the world using the latest and most advanced
digital projection technology, producing 'mind blowing' shows.
The facility will be available for corporate 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, AGM's, special events, team building, corporate
development, company getaways or any event that requires some
place very special, something truly out of the ordinary.
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 worlds' most energy efficient 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.
sq. ft. Visitors Centre
An innovative architecture
The worlds' highest resolution planetarium, 100 million
The worlds' most energy efficient commercial building,
The largest and most powerful public telescopes in the
A stunning night sky with no light pollution
Hosting the most powerful telescope in Canada