Imagine walking a few steps from physics class to peer through the lens of a telescope. Imagine following celestial events as they happen, surrounded by passionate, informed teachers, inside a research-grade observatory. Featuring a 106mm Takahashi refractor and a 14-inch Celestron telescope, Shawnigan's on-campus observatory brings the beauty and mysteries of the universe closer than ever.
With its rural setting and low light pollution, Shawnigan is an ideal place for stargazing. Our students produce some amazing images with this equipment and the facility inspires both artists and scientists. Our artists have exhibited their images in local shows including the Sooke Fine Art Fair, and our scientists have taken their astronomy research to the Japan Super Science Fair.
The observatory has strong ties to the Cowichan Valley Star Finders Club. We welcome members of the community to share in this amazing facility, and to join us as we travel to distant stars and back in time.