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Dominion Radio Astrophysical Laboratory

717 White Lake Rd, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 6J9, Canada
+1 250-497-2300
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What an amazing place

Wendall was a great guide and so enthusiastic. My son (8) is now even more in love with astronomy... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
Winnipeg, Canada
Really Interesting.

This was our first visit....we had seen this place from a distance when we were hiking in the White... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2016
Pam C
Peachland, Canada
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9 Aug 2017
“What an amazing place”
12 Jun 2016
“Really Interesting.”
717 White Lake Rd, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 6J9, Canada
+1 250-497-2300
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Reviewed 10 August 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 12 June 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 13 October 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 21 September 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

1  Thank Travel_Bug81
Reviewed 15 April 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 14 March 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 31 October 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 7 September 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
Reviewed 30 August 2013

We went to see the meteor shower so it was dark, it may have been more interesting to actually look around it in the day time. Unfortunately no meteors and loads of thunder and lightening, quite scary actually

2  Thank bumbleberry68
Reviewed 10 August 2013

Last year, while staying in Penticton, we drove to the DRAL for a tour. Our son was 15 at the time and has always been interested in astronomy. We weren't sure what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. Our guide, who did work at the...More

1  Thank Mary-Jo J
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28 January 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.