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Dominion Radio Astrophysical Laboratory


Dominion Radio Astrophysical Laboratory
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  • Average8%
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Aug 19, 2018
“Most interesting”
Apr 29, 2018
“Stopped for a look”
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717 White Lake Rd, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 6J9, Canada
+1 250-497-2300
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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately this facility doesn't advertise their tours due to govt regulations, so this is Penticton's best kept secret. We had the most amazing tour by Wendell and Tom and much was learned about Canada's radio history and the site's infrastructure. This was a long tour...More

Thank redjule70
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

We stopped yesterday, they have been paving he road on one side. It's off the beaten path but a nice scenic drive to it, turn off your cell phones and go for a walk to see it all. A nice 15 min walk in. Interesting...More

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Reviewed August 9, 2017

Wendall was a great guide and so enthusiastic. My son (8) is now even more in love with astronomy. It is free and takes abou 60-90 minutes. Walk-in only site, 5 minutes but well wort it. Bring water.

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Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

This was our first visit....we had seen this place from a distance when we were hiking in the White Lake Protected area. It was an Open House and really well set up and extremely interesting, even for a non-science person like me. Really worth a...More

1  Thank Pam C
Reviewed October 13, 2015

Enjoyed a visit to the observatory although some of the information went over my head. My wife, as a retired physics teacher understood more! You have to walk from the road for 10-15 minutes but it is quite an easy walk. There are information points...More

2  Thank grandad88
Reviewed September 21, 2015

We didn't even know this observatory was here, but I'm so glad someone recommended we go, because the site is incredible. Located among the hills of Penticton, shielded from radio interference. I've never seen a radio observatory this large, and later I found out that...More

2  Thank Travel_Bug81
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Been there many times when they had yearly open houses! Lots to do, lots to see. People who work there were extremely friendly. Would love to go there at night and star gaze!

1  Thank Andrew B
Reviewed March 13, 2014

If you are into astronomy, stars or radio wave...you should go, it is interesting. I love that they put up a public evening of stars watching

1  Thank chantalee c
Reviewed October 30, 2013

Located just south of Penticton, near White Lake is this amazing hidden treasure! The scenery/vista are breathtaking! A great experience for family. There are guided tours on weekends, but self-guided mid week. which is still great. Take lots of time absorbing what you are reading,...More

2  Thank JoLeen2
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Wow! What an amazing hidden treasure! To start with, the scenery/vista was breathtaking! I was completely intrigued with the whole experience. There are guided tours on weekends, but we were there during the week, so it was a self-guided tour, which was great. We took...More

1  Thank BeulahCanada
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October 19, 2018|
Response from redjule70 | Reviewed this property |
yes that is exactly what we did this summer.
January 28, 2016|
Response from rioscamarenaa |
Unfortunately, DRAO doesn't offer guided tours during winter time. Most of the tours are given from Easter weekend until Thanksgiving weekend. You could always ask and see if you can visit the visitors centre.