Dominion Observatory

Located at the north east corner of the Central Experimental Farm, the back and side of the Dominion Observatory are somewhat visible from Carling Avenue. On a daily basis thousands of commuters pass by this building likely giving it little thought, but up close it’s pretty impressive.

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Designed by David Ewart in 1902, the building is an imposing two storey stone structure with a four storey central tower which use to house the observatory’s equatorial telescope beneath a retractable copper dome.  The telescope is now on display at the Canada Science and Technology Museum where it is used for public astronomy education.   The Canadian Astronomical Society has some interesting information on Canada’s early astronomical work and pictures of the Dominion Observatory under construction.

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The front of the building and grounds are impressive with the two smaller structures that flank the observatory and a sundial at the front.

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The South Azimuth building (1912) was built to shelter astronomical equipment and the Photo Equatorial building (1914) featured a retractable copper roof and was also used to shelter astronomical equipment.

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When you walk around the building you can easily feel the weight of this solid stone structure as well as see all the beautiful detailed stone work, etchings and historical plaques including one identifying the Canadian Prime Meridian.

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Location Address: Observatory Crescent, Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6, Canada

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