The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) is an internationally known facility for science and technology research and development related to radio astronomy. Home to NRC astronomers, astrophysicists, engineers and technologists, in addition to visiting researchers and students from universities and astronomical observatories around the world, these facilities support the design and development of leading-edge instrumentation for new and existing telescopes. Operating several telescopes on its extensive radio-quiet site near Penticton, DRAO also features laboratories and specialized equipment for design and construction of all aspects of radio-frequency instrumentation, from highly sensitive antennas and receiver systems, to high speed digital signal processing hardware and software.
The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory site is open for self-guided tours year round, Monday to Friday, from10:00-17:00.
From Easter long weekend to Thanksgiving weekend the site is open weekends and statutory holidays from 10:00-17:00 for guided tours. Special tours led by Observatory staff are offered July and August, Sundays only, from 14:00-17:00.
Reservations are not required and these tours are free of charge.