Side Trips from Montreal Sights

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

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

Published 10/26/2015

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 and Astrolab: C$18.25 daytime, C$19.50 at night. Additional fee of C$8.50 charged to enter Parc Mégantic
  • Mid-May–mid-June, weekends noon–5, astronomy evening Sat. 8 pm; mid-June–late Aug., daily noon–4:30, astronomy evening daily 8 pm; Sept.–mid-Oct., weekends noon–4:30, astronomy evening Sat. 7:30 pm. Check website for updated information
  • Reservations essential
  • Free for children 17 and under

Published 10/26/2015


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