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ASTROLab du parc national du Mont-Megantic

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Address: 189, route du Parc, Notre Dame des Bois, Quebec J0B2E0, Canada
Phone Number: 819-888-2941
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Description: The ASTROLab is an astronomy activity centre devoted to making science...
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.
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A must see Dark Sky Preserve

Excellent tour of the observatory and the night sky. The guides had set up 3 telescopes for us and gave us a magnificent tour of the night sky.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Excellent tour of the observatory and the night sky. The guides had set up 3 telescopes for us and gave us a magnificent tour of the night sky.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is a great place to go if you are interested in astronomy. The Astrolabe and both observatories are run by the Université de Montreal and Université de Laval. This ensures that the quality of the presentations are scientifically correct and current. The presentations at the Astrolab located at the base of Mont Mégantic cover a wide variety of astronomical... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

My husband is an amateur astronomer and we voluntéer at our local observatory. We also don't speak much French. The Friday night festival involved a very profesional slide show at the base as well as two observations at each of the domes. Well worth the money!

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Québec
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Astrolab is a gem on top of a mountain out in the woods. It is truly uderated as it id not so accessible but worth the detour if you like nature and astronomy. The museum itself presents a great documentary and has a nice exhibit. As a bonus, it is in a national park so you can have a great... More 

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Montreal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

A few things to note: ASTROLab is at the bottom of the mountain. Access to park about 5$ pp. Then you pay to visit the Astrolab. The high quality Multimedia movies and team who work there are outstanding – willing to answer questions, funny and knowledgeable. Note that most tourists are French so most activities and videos will be done... More 

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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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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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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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New Jersey
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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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