Our 30,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art off-grid
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The Visitors Centre
At the core of the Visitors Centre is a one-hundred and sixty-nine
seat, state-of-the-art, 12K digital planetarium, in fact the highest
resolution planetarium in the world, with some 100 million pixels
or 12 billion pixels per second projected on the hemispheric dome.
Featuring a seventeen metre dome, sixteen 4K laser phosphor digital
projectors, and a multikilowatt 7.1 digital sound system.
There are several hundred shows currently available for display.
High Definition Theatre
A traditional theatre is also available, with a seating capacity
of one-hundred and seventy people. It will be equipped with a
4K projector and seven-point-one digital sound system. This theatre
will be used in conjunction with many of the educational and visitor
activities. The theatre also features a stage and preparation
The facility will have a nicely appointed restaurant with a seating
capacity for up to one-hundred and sixty and an outdoor patio.
The boutique will feature theme material and specialty items from
around the world and clothing items with our company logo.
Several rooms capable of seating forty individuals, will be available
for a variety of functions, the rooms will be fully equipped with
high end projectors, sound systems, video recording and streaming,
and offer high speed Internet. Rooms may be joined for larger
audiences and may be used has a conference room, board room, teaching
class rooms and other functions.
Will cover a broad range of subjects and be regularly updated
with fresh displays. Topics covered will include: astronomy, cosmology,
history of astronomy, cultural influences and current research,
photography, astronomically influenced art, space and space travel,
Canadian achievements, and exhibits on the technology of our professional
telescopes. There will be a dedicated display exploring the deep
cultural meaning that our aboriginal peoples have with the stars.
Guided tours will be available and guests may rent a range activated
audio device which will vocalize the text associated with the
displays and exhibits. A special display/exhibit space will be
available including a atrium.
Features include a ticket counter, where heated winter clothing
can be rented, the control room for the professional observatories
will also be located here, a glass wall will permit visitors to
witness the operation of the most powerful telescope in Canada.
The front lobby will feature exhibits and displays including large
10K x 10K video walls. The entire facility is fully wheel chair
accessible, including the public observatories. There is a south
facing covered terrace.
Tours of the display and exhibit hall, the professional and public
telescopes, the off-grid building features and systems, as well
as nature walks on the Planetary trail will be offered. All tours
will be preceded by a multimedia presentation in the High-Definition
lecture theatre, featuring 3D animations, a slide show, and a
question and answer session. Our knowledgeable and experienced
interpreters will be able to answer all questions related to the
facility, its equipment and buildings, the night sky and astronomy
LEED Platinum Certified Building
The Visitors Centre will be the largest off-grid commercial building
in North America, possibly the world, and will utilize LEED Platinum
Certified construction and meet the Living Building standard,
the highest construction standard in the world.
We will have full time, on-site astronomers in charge of the professional
observatories and scientific equipment. The facility will expose
its discoveries and astronomical observations in the display and
exhibit hall and on the 10K x 10K videos walls.
The Visitors Centre can be booked for special events and activities
including business meetings, seminars, AGMs, family reunions,
anytime a very special destination is needed.
The facility staff will be well equipped to handle larger groups
from educational, conferences, AGMs, to corporate team building
events etc. for either daytime or evening visits.
The facility will be equipped with the most powerful publicly
accessible telescopes in the world, featuring thirty inch and
forty inch mirrors. The public telescopes are specially designed
to be used without ladders for maximum safety, comfort and efficiency.
The public telescopes will be housed in specially designed buildings
adjacent to the Visitors Centre, and feature a roll-off roof permitting
an unobstructed view if the night sky.
The Wide-Field-Telescope (WFT) will be the most powerful telescope
in Canada and one of the most powerful in the world. The WFT is
dedicated to night sky photography and has a field-of-view twenty-six
times that of the full moon. Being fully autonomous, it will be
utilized by astronomers from all over the world.
Amphitheatre and Plaza
Guests to the Observatory will approach the Visitors Centre via
the plaza, which, will be located directly next to, and surround,
the Visitors Centre. The amphitheatre and several theme inspired
architectural elements will be located adjacent to the Visitors
Centre. The entrance pavement will feature the northern constellations.