Star Gazing Parties
Gaze at the sky at ARO like you have never experienced it before. Observatory's
8" Newtonian telescope to explore the heavens or bring your own
equipment to capture stunning shots of planets and astronomic events.
Enjoy the natural beauty of Algonquin Park while you set up your
equipment by day and star gaze by night. Star gazing 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 a
three course 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, gaze at the sky
unimpeded by city light pollution. Weather and season permitting, see
the Milky way, planets, stars and galaxies though the observatory's
8" optical refractor telescope.
Day 3: Breakfast, Depart ARO
Enjoy a continental breakfast before departing the observatory.
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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: email@example.com.