Moon Gazing Parties

Come see la lune far away from the glare of the city and as you have never seen it before. Weather permitting, gaze at the cratered lunar surface through the observatory's 8" optical telescope. Moon viewing parties are held at the Observatory during the summer months. 


Day 1: Arrive ARO, Dinner

Drive through the picturesque North East of the park. Collect a vehicle permit at the Sand Lake Gate office at Kilometer 15 on Lake Travers Rd. Continue to the Observatory located at Kilometer 72. Guests are advised to plan to arrive in the early afternoon and before dusk when driving conditions can be more challenging and moose and other wildlife are more active on the road. Settle in to your room and enjoy dinner at the observatory house. After dinner, watch the original 1968 documentary on the construction of the observatory.

Day 2: Observatory Tour, Star Party

Enjoy a continental breakfast before exploring the observatory surrounds in the morning. Follow the walking trails to see the rapids on the Petawawa river, explore the ruins of the Turtle club lodge build J. R. Booth family in 1933, look for wildlife or relax on the observatory's sandy beach. Guests may also use the Observatory's kayaks and canoes to explore Lake Travers. 

In the afternoon, take our 90 minute behind the scenes tour of the Observatory including Canada's largest radio telescope, the 46m Thoth antenna and our atomic clock. After dinner, take in an informal talk on the observatory by one of the staff or visiting scientists. As night falls, observe the moon, unobstructed by city light pollution (weather permitting).  Count lunar craters using the observatory's 8" optical refractor telescope. 

Day 3: Breakfast, Depart ARO

Enjoy a continental breakfast before departing the observatory. 

For pricing information on this package, please click here. Reservations are required in all cases. To reserve a room, phone Thoth's booking line 1 (905) 713-2884. Or, send an email with your requested dates and the number of people in your party to: aro@thoth.ca.

Count craters on the moon