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Side Trips from Montréal Sights

Astrolab du Mont-Mégantic (Mont-Mégantic's Observatory)

  • 189 Rte. du Parc Map It
  • Notre-Dame-des-Bois
  • Observatory/Planetarium

Updated 08/12/2014

Fodor's Review

Both amateur stargazers and serious astronomers head to his observatory, located in a beautifully wild and mountainous area that in 2007 became the first ever International Dark-Sky Reserve. The observatory is at the summit of the Townships' second-highest mountain (3,601 feet above sea level and 1,890 feet above the surrounding landscape), whose northern face records annual snowfalls rivaling any in North America. A joint venture of the University of Montréal and Laval University, the observatory has a powerful telescope, the largest on the East Coast. In the Astrolab at the welcome center at the mountain's base, you can view an exhibition and a multimedia show to learn about the night sky.

Sight Information


Parc Mégantic, 189 Rte. du Parc, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, Québec, J0B 2E0, Canada

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Sight Details:

  • Observatory: C$17.20 daytime, C$19.50 at night; Astrolab: C$17.20 daytime, C$19.50 at night; additional C$7.50 to enter Parc Mégantic
  • Mid-May–mid-June, weekends noon–5, astronomy evenings Sat. 8pm; mid-June–late Aug., daily noon–4:30, astronomy evening daily 8pm; Sept.–mid Oct., weekends noon–4:30, astronomy evening Sat 7:30pm
  • Reservations essential

Updated 08/12/2014


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