The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory

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Your Pathway to the Stars!

anthony with telescope compressedA marvel of modern space science, the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory is home to one of the largest telescopes in Central Canada! Whether you’re a casual observer or serious astronomer, our state-of-the-art astronomy centre offers an array of illuminating events and programs year-round.

Stimulate your senses as you explore the cosmos using the observatory’s fleet of telescopes to find galaxies, planets, nebulae and more! Join our astronomers and explore the subatomic universe to the very edge of the observable universe.


Night Sky Programs 

Perseids Meteor Shower • Friday, August 12, 2022 • 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

This annual celestial spectacle is one of the most impressive meteor showers, producing around 60-70 meteors per hour at its peak, on August 12th. This amazing show is created by the dust and debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle as it makes its annual pass by Earth. Join us at the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory for this outstanding event!

Admission (includes HST): $15 per person, Children 5 and under are Free

Group Bookings

Groups can now pre-book Night Sky Programs throughout the year! Program times vary depending on when the sun sets.

  • June through September: 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • October through November: Programs unavailable
  • December through February: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • March through May: 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Admission (includes HST): $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students/Youth, Children 5 and under are Free

Group size: Minimum 10 persons, Maximum 50 persons

If you would like to make night sky program reservation or would like more information, please call (807) 473-2344.


The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory offers an array of illuminating programs year-round!

Click HERE for more details about our public events, day and evening e2016 DTAO Experience Guide Coverducational programs, overnight experiences, and adventures for Scouts and Guides, or download the DTAO Experience Guide.


Book Your Corporate Adventure

The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory’s Discovery Centre offers unique banqueting and world-class catering experiences that combine quality service with a novel, astronomical flavour. It is the perfect location to host your next corporate meeting or social gathering. For more information or to make a reservation call (807) 473-2344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.