The Madawaska Highlands Observatory
K-12 Educational and Tourism Destination
And The Most Powerful Telescopes in
A summary of what visitors can expect to see and do is available
A 2-page K-12 education brochure
is available as a pdf.
"To have each visitor bring home the excitement of experiencing
our place in the universe."
We are focused on K-12 and tourism, with the entire facility
and objective of the corporation dedicated towards this goal.
One of the deep human experiences is to view our universe through
very large telescopes under extremely dark night skies.
What we are:
Premier Tourism Destination:
Of all the major observatories in the world, MHO has the
best tourism offering by far, it is designed into the very fabric
of the facility, it's DNA, and how it operates and functions.
Indeed, we fully expect the MHO will become an important Canadian
destination, a Premier destination in Ontario, and the Premiere
facility of its type in the world.
K-12 Educational Destination:
MHO will become a core K-12 destination for the 1,850,000 students
in the GTA-Ottawa-Montréal Corridor. We are incorporating
the K-12 science curriculum into our offering, with dedicated
teaching facilities and highly trained and motivated educators
to providing an extraordinary and unique educational and learning
experience and an excellent youth STEM motivation tool.
Regional Economic Prosperity Engine:
Comparable data from other (local) tourist venues such as, Calabogie
Peaks and four major observatories in North America suggest that
the planned facility will generate in excess of 200 jobs. The
economic spin-off will be very important to the economies of the
surrounding townships, towns and counties. Additionally we fully
expect current businesses to benefit and other businesses to be
created in to fulfill the needs of visitors. Research suggests
that up to 25% of all visitors will be International, who on average
will spend more and stay longer. MHO is the kind of facility that
will attract a sufficient volume of visitors to the region and
help boost the local economy.
National Centre for Observational Astronomy
in Canada: MHO will become a centre for leading
edge astronomical research, boasting the most powerful telescope
(s) on Canadian soil. We have information suggesting that Canadian
institutions are prepared to co-locate at the facility. Thus,
the facility could become a national centre for observational
research in Canada.
The Darkest Night Skies In Southern Canada:
All of this is possible because the facility is in a semi-remote
area with little to no ambient light. Its' night-sky is unrivalled
in southern Canada and at the same time accessible to the larger
centres of population. The location was determined based on several
critical factors; darkness of the night sky, access to a major
highway, appropriate topography, isolation to nearby inhabitants
and an high elevation with no higher elevation to the west. MHO
needed to satisfy both its scientific and tourism requirements.
The Griffith site is by far the best we have looked at in the
region. The view of the Madawaska River from 150m above is an
added bonus, which will contribute to the visitor's experience.
Excellent Facility and Offering: Activities
at the facility will focus on 'experiencing our place in the universe',
this is in fact our mission. About 85% percent of the planned
activities will occur during the daytime. Telescope viewing will
be available on every clear night through reservation via ticket
reservation bookings, using very large public telescopes that
are able to show very spectacular views of our universe. A ~25,000
ft² Visitors Centre with a state-of-the-art 8K digital planetarium,
additional HD theatre, displays, exhibits, guided tours with presentations,
invited guest speakers, restaurant, boutique and accommodations
with a hotel a later phase.
Showcase Energy Independent Building:
The LEED Platinum Visitors Centre will be the largest commercial
off-grid facility in Canada and as such will be a showcase building
and add to MHO's unique offering.
More information about the facility and what
is available here.
Please contact us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Madawaska Highlands Observatory Corp. is offering
shares to accredited investors.
Naming and VIP Options
We are offering naming
options and Yearly Passes.
Online Passes are now available
Support the Madawaska Highlands Observatory, 1-year
passes are available.
A detailed pdf document is available describing the facility
is available here.