Science Literacy Week

A week-long celebration of science and space in Canada: September 17-23, 2018.

Stars over Killarney

Date: September 22, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm to 12:00 am
Science North Planetarium and Killarney Provincial Park Observatory


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Explore astronomy during Science Literacy Week at a celebration of 150 years of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, 125 years of Ontario Parks and the establishment of Ontario Parks' 1st Dark-Sky Preserve. Enjoy awe-inspiring views of the Moon, Mars and Saturn! Hosted by Science North and Ontario Parks in partnership with the Sudbury and North Bay Astronomy Clubs, and sponsored by the Canadian Space Agency and NSERC.

Event includes:

Special Planetarium show at Science North
Transportation from Science North to Killarney Provincial Park Observatory and back after the event
Expert speakers
Use of the research calibre Killarney Provincial Park Observatory, and binoculars
Optional guided hike to an overlook of the La Cloche Mountains
Night hike through a scale model of our solar system
Door Prizes including a meteorite, telescope and astronomy field guides “A Camper's Guide to the Universe”

Pricing General Public

Adults $35
Seniors (65+) $33
Youth (13 - 17) $33
Children (12 and under) $30
(Science North Members save 10%)
Tickets are limited. Maximum of 36 guests.

Pricing General Public + Meal

Add a fish and chips meal from Killarney’s famous chip stand to your ticket price:

Kids (1 piece) $8
Small (2 pieces) $12
Adults (3-4 pieces) $20
All meals include fries and coleslaw. Drinks not included.
Tickets are limited. Maximum of 36 guests.

Special School Event: Train like an Astronaut!

Suitable for grade 9-12 students

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Location: Science North
Cost: FREE


Up to $200 per bus, must submit receipts through



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We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian space Agency (CSA).

In December 2018, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques will travel to the International Space Station on his first mission.  Bring your students to Science North to experience some of the training it takes to qualify as an astronaut and throughout learn why science literacy is important in following their dreams. 

Event includes:

Guest Speaker:
A Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut, a CSA representative, or an astronaut candidate from 2017 will be announced in September.  Science North’s Staff Scientist Dr. Olathe MacIntyre, also a 2017 astronaut candidate, will facilitate a Q&A with the guest speaker and close the day’s activities.
Hands-on Program:
Students will work to complete mental and physical challenges and earn points as a team. Teams with the three highest scores will be given awards by the guest speaker.
IMAX 3D A Beautiful Planet:
A breathtaking film that providing a unique perspective of Earth from Space seen through the eyes of astronauts on the International Space Station.