The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory

A marvel of modern space science, the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory is home to one of the largest telescopes in Central Canada and is located at Fort William Historical Park, Northern Ontario’s premier entertainment park. 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 to explore the mysteries of the universe.

Night Sky Programs
Join us after dark for an illuminating night sky program! Using our fleet of telescopes, explore the night sky and learn more about the universe, constellations, meteors, asteroids and other celestial bodies. Visit us throughout the year for our array of unique programs that reveal the every changing cosmos. Be sure to come dressed for the weather. A component of the night sky navigation and telescope workshops takes place outdoors, and ranges from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the time of year. Visit www.fwhp.ca/observatory for the program schedule.

Education Programs
The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory offers a wide-variety of fun-filled, activity-based day, evening and overnight education programs for learners of all ages.  Our programs are designed to meet the curriculum requirements for kindergarten through post-secondary.
Visit www.fwhp.ca/learning to download the Experience Guide for more details about our education programs, or speak with our Reservations Clerk to create a customized program to meet the needs of your students.

Star Gazing for Scouts & Guides
The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory offers fascinating programs for Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides to earn their respective astronomy related badges. Programs are offered year-round in the evening, and meet both Canadian and U.S. badge requirements.

Driving Directions
The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory is located at Fort William Historical Park.
Fort William Historical Park is located minutes from the Thunder Bay International Airport, on King Road, approximately 4 kilometres (3 miles) west on Broadway Avenue, off Highway 61. For visitors coming from the U.S., Fort William Historical Park is only 30 minutes north of the border. Simply, follow Highway 61 north and turn left onto Broadway Avenue in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

For more information about the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory and Fort William Historical Park’s exciting offerings and hours of operation visit www.fwhp.ca, call 807-473-2344, or email info@fwhp.ca.

For Education and Community Group program pricing, contact our Reservations Clerk by calling 807-473-2344 or emailing reservations@fwhp.ca.

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Location

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Latitude: 48.3431 Longitude: -89.3582 Elevation: 610 ft

Seasons Open

Visit www.fwhp.ca/observatory or call 807-473-2344 for hours of operation, and program and event schedules.

Hours Open

Visit www.fwhp.ca/observatory or call 807-473-2344 for hours of operation, and program and event schedules.

Fees

Night Sky Programs Admission: Adult $10, Youth (ages 6-12) $8, Children 5 and under Free (Prices include HST)

Accessibility Notes

All contemporary facilities and public washrooms are fully accessible. Wheelchairs and strollers are available for rent at the Visitor Centre.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not permitted inside the David Thompson Astronomical Centre.

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