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

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

Published 04/06/2017

Fodor's Review

Both amateur stargazers and serious astronomers head to this 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. Hours vary depending on the season, so check website for updated information.

Sight Information


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

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819-888–2941; 888-665–6527

Sight Details:

  • Observatory and Astrolab: C$19 daytime, C$21–C$25 at night. Additional fee of C$9 charged to enter Parc Mégantic

Published 04/06/2017


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