PLEASE NOTE: Astronomy Programs are still running summer of 2017, however the Observatory Building received a substantial amount of damage over the winter and is non-repairable at this time. Luckily enough it is not the building that makes the program but the Astronomer Brian Mould, his presentation, and the fact that you still have the opportunity to view the night sky through a telescope(s) (on clear nights of course).

Haliburton Forest’s New Astronomy Program

With the use of Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope(s), clear, dark night sky and a fantastic presentation there is never a time when our astronomy program does not deliver a quality, introductory experience to our guests. The astronomy program takes place at the edge of 100,000 acres of undeveloped land, giving way to night skies, which are void of light pollution, the largest obstacle to night-sky viewing. The furthest object our naked eye can see is 2.6 million light years away. On a clear night we can observe dark sky objects such as, the Andromeda Galaxy. This superb location allows the opportunity to view individual stars, galaxies and deep sky objects not normally visible in populated areas.

Even on cloudy nights our programs will leave guests inspired: using a power point presentation we can explore the night skies, listening to stories of constellations, various myths and travel through time learning about ancient cultures, which viewed the skies as a realm with magical powers.

Viewing Conditions

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Hours of Operation

Astronomy programs run every Friday (and with enough demand Saturday) throughout the summer (from end of June to end of August). Our onsite astronomer will guide guests through the night skies. Sessions will start at 9:30 pm in July and 9:00 pm in August. Space is limited to 15 participants. A common evening program lasts for 2 hours.

Astronomy Program Pricing

The fee, not including applicable taxes, is $20 for adults and $15 for youths under 18.

Pre-registration is required and can be done by phoning our Main Office at 800-631-2198 option 1 for reservations during regular business hours.

Fine Print: The program runs rain or shine so please dress for the weather. We also recommend bringing a flashlight to light your way back to your car or accommodation after the program. Should the respective evening be cloudy or rainy, the astronomy program will be hosted in the Seminar Building accompanied by a slide show.

Group outings throughout the year can be arranged upon special request and availability for a minimum of 8 participants.