The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory

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Your pathway to the stars!

Man’s fascination with space and the stars above has endured throughout the ages. From Copernicus, Galileo, and Sir Isaac Newton, to Edmund Halley and Edwin Hubble, to Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, Humankind’s curiosity with What Lies Beyond is as boundless as deep space itself.

Named after one of Canada’s greatest explorers and cartographers, The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory at Fort William Historical Park is your handy portal to a wondrous world of galaxies, nebulas, comets, meteors, and other celestial bodies not commonly seen every day.

From daily solar viewings to evening Star Walks to overnight adventures to lively scientific debates and sci-fi films to special catered evening engagements, the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory offers numerous exciting opportunities to enjoy and access the mysterious Universe.

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Download the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory Experience Guide to discover the new and exciting programs that our state-of-the-art astronomy centre has to offer!

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Experience Times

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February - StarWalks

Fridays - Night Sky Snowshoe Treks
Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 • 7pm - 9pm

Experience a journey on historic snowshoes through the forests of Fort William with the North Star as your guide. Learn about survival skills, night and day navigational techniques, snowshoeing and more.

*Subject to change due to weather conditions. In this case, groups will revert to the Tours of the Universe experience.

Saturdays - Tour of the Universe
Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 • 7pm - 9pm

Stimulate your senses on a journey through the cosmos with the observatory's astronomers as you explore the subatomic universe to the very edge of the universe through our fleet of telescopes, observing galaxies, planets, nebulae and more.

March - Group Bookings Only

Unavailable Dates/Private Bookings:

  • Saturday February 25, 2017
  • Saturday June 10, 2017

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