Night sky and solar viewing via RASC and DAO telescopes.
Tours of the historical Plaskett Telescope.
Astronomy lectures and presentations.
Interactive and static displays in the Centre of the Universe.
Limited Capacity: Register for your free tickets in the week before each event. Tickets will be available from 1 p.m. on the Friday one week (8 days) prior to each Saturday, until 5 p.m. on event day. As this is a high demand event, please cancel your registration if you cannot attend to make them available to others.
*There is no waiting list. If tickets are sold out for your chosen date, please keep checking. There are usually cancellations right up to opening time.
PRINTED TICKETS are preferred for ease of checkin at the gate. Electronic tickets on your smartphone are acceptable.
To obtain your free tickets:
1) Click on Register (green button upper right), click the drop-down menu for next available event date, then choose the number of tickets your require for the people attending in your party.
2) Proceed to Checkout. Please fill in your information on the Checkout page and check it for accuracy, then click on the Complete Registration button at the bottom of the page. You will be taken to the next page where you will find information for your free event ticket delivery.
3) Print your ticket(s) and bring with you to the event.
You must show your ticket(s) to the staff at the main Observatory gate. Tickets will not be available at the gate. If you do not have a valid ticket, you will not be permitted entry.
*Gates open to the public at 7:30pm, and close at 10:45pm*
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The address of the observatory is 5071 West Saanich Rd.
To get transit directions from Google Maps, click here. Walking and cycling up to the observatory are NOT permitted for safety reasons. Taxis are allowed to drop off/pick up at the top. If you arrive by bus, you must find a ride to the top.
Is smoking allowed at the Observatory?
No. Due to the dry conditions on the hill throughout the summer, and the difficulty for fire engines to summit the hill, there is absolutely no smoking allowed anywhere on the hill (Including e-cigarettes).
This extends everywhere, including your vehicle.
ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please use the organizer contact button (just above the map at the bottom of this page) and we'll try to get back to you ASAP.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No. We ask that if you cannot attend, please cancel your registration to make your tickets available for others.