Located in the spectacular Madawaska Highlands of Ontario,
and anchored into billion year old Precambrian rock this new national
destination not only performs world-class scientific research
with the most powerful telescope in Canada and the most powerful
in the world in its class, but brings visitors to experience our
place here in our small corner of the Milky Way and the Universe
at large with its trillions of galaxies.
Situated under a dazzling night sky without a hint of light pollution,
visitors will experience an horizon to horizon Milky Way that
will cast your shadow. Ten thousand stars can be glimpsed on a
moonless night and two hundred meteors per hour will light up
the sky during the December Geminids.
This is the best place to view the stars for almost
one hundred million in Canada and the Northeastern USA.
The state-of-the-art Visitors Centre is designed by the multi
award winning architectural firm Christopher Simmonds Architect
Inc, it will be the largest off-grid commercial building in the
world. A zero carbon footprint, a zero impact building.
Visitors will enjoy a stunning panoramic view from atop a four-hundred
and fifty meter plateau, amongst the highest in Ontario.
The heart of the visitor experience will be viewing with the largest
and most powerful public telescopes in the world. Designed and
manufactured by Dream Telescopes Inc, a world leader in high performance
telescopes, these custom designed short focus telescopes dont
need a ladder and will offer of field of view almost ten times
the area of the full moon. Quite simply the best views of the
universe anywhere in the world.
The Visitors Centre will host the highest resolution planetarium
in the world using the latest and most advanced digital projection
technology, producing mind blowing shows.
The facility will be available for special event bookings to host
business meetings, weddings, receptions and ceremonies, family
reunions, birthdays, council meetings, corporate retreats, meetings,
workshops, anniversaries, receptions, theater productions, state-of-the-art
presentations, exhibitions, backdrop for movie productions, product
demonstrations, AGMs, special events, team building, corporate
development, company getaways or any event that requires some
place very special, something truly out of the ordinary. And a
conference centre for up to 150 with the addition of the hotel
at Phase II
Visitors can explore our exhibit and display hall, witness the
Wide-Field-Telescope control room in the front lobby and enjoy
fine dining in our nicely appointed restaurant, and find themed
items from around the world in our boutique. Very large 10K x
10K video walls in the front lobby will showcase the extraordinary
images taken with the most powerful telescope in Canada. A well
equipped theatre will host audio/visual shows with presentations
that will accompany all key activities such as visiting the off-grid
building, touring the professional and public telescopes and viewing
with the large public telescopes. In addition special guests will
be invited to speak about the most exciting new discoveries and
the research being conducted here.
The whole facility is sculpted into the natural topography following
the gentle curves of the plateau and integrating beautifully within
the existing natural environment.
Portfolio is a beautiful way to explore the project.
about the Visitors Centre.
The WFT will produce world-class science and be used by astronomers
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Viewing with the worlds' most powerful public telescopes.
The WFT will produce the best wide-field images in the world.
offering naming opportunities.