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ASTROLab du parc national du Mont-Megantic

189, route du Parc, Notre Dame des Bois, Quebec J0B2E0, Canada
819-888-2941
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: The ASTROLab is an astronomy activity centre devoted to making science accessible. You'll discover the most fascinating history…that of the Universe,... more » Owner description: The ASTROLab is an astronomy activity centre devoted to making science accessible. You'll discover the most fascinating history…that of the Universe, the Earth and life. A wide variety of activities allow you to travel the stars – guided daytime tours of ASTROLab and the Mount Megantic Observatory, astronomy evenings at the ASTROLab, are just a few of the discovery activities available in this fascinating world at the heart of the 1st International Dark Sky Reserve. « less
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Montreal, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The park is great with great hike paths, awesome views and nice new and clean campsites at the Franceville area ( north side of park ). Park rangers are great, enthusiastic and welcoming. For hikes, there's something for everyones. With kids, I recommend the Cimes-de-Franceville path up to the Pic de l'Aurore then get down by the Piste de la... More

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Chamcook
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Although our French is unfortunately limited, we still thought the presentation was really excellent. The passion of the park staff presenting the talk was contagious, and since it was a clear night, we enjoyed a wonderful evening of studying Jupiter, Saturn, the moon and a couple of star systems. Time passed so quickly, and the staff provided thorough and expert... More

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Montreal, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I visited this mountain during the day. I didn't stop at the astrolab (which is at the base and entrance to the National Park). Drove to the top where there are two different observatories, great for space events like meteor showers! There are several hiking paths in the mountain, and they're all recommended. Gorgeous scenery, lots of lovelies to look... More

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France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Car camping is available only at the Franceville sector of the park. The facilites are brand-new and excellent. There is free WI-FI in and around the visitors' center, the bathrooms are pristine, there are trails for different ambitions, there is plenty of wildlife, and the stars at night are big and bright (just like Texas). The milky way was dazzling,... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Excellent film on the creation of the universe, in French and English versions. Trails along clear running streams. Amazing view from the mountain peaks. Open evenings to observe the stars thru a public telescope.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

It was a childhood dream of mine to go stargaze at mont-megantic. We spent close to $70 for two adults to learn nothing new and have none of our questions answered. The sky was overcast so no sightings. There idea is that if there are no stars then they offer a Q&A and go see a telescope. They won't even... More

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Montreal canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We went to Megantic to see the ASTROLab with our 6 grand children. In the afternoon they had a free activity to build a small rocket which they launch with water and a pump. The children loved that. We went up to the top of the mountain to see the huge domed telescope The explanations we're quite scientific a bit... More

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Quebec City, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Breathtaking spot to see some stars. My friends and I got really lucky, the sky was clear and we spend almost 3 hours up there. The lab itself was not open, but we could just lay down in the snow and watch the sky. I recommand it for anyone, at any time of the year. (We visited in february 2012)

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Wood Ridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

The show is in French, so your experience will be limited to your language skills. Only my husband speaks French so, I was dozing off during the show. However, I enjoyed looking at the stars on the dark sky - it's an unforgettable experience to be up there. The air is crisp and the smell of the cedar wood is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We had a wonderful (sort of) experience trying to see the Perseid meteor showers in August 2012 at Parc Mont Megantic. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy, cold and rainy evening, so the telescope was never opened. However, the museum, exhibits, laboratories and lectures were terrific (all in Quebecois French). We were able to see a few shooting stars the next... More

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