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Educational Heritage Attractions

Quick Links:S.A.L.T.S. Sail and Life Training Society |

This listing is for Summer 2020
Please contact organization for current 2021 information

5071 West Saanich Road

Summer Star Parties
Night Sky Viewing and
"Constellation Walks"

Free Admission

The Saturday Star Parties are now operated by the Friends of the DAO with the support of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the National Research Council.

For summer 2018 the remaining dates are July 21, August 4, 11, 25 September 1

Full details of the program are available at That page also has a link to our ticketing site on Eventbrite. Tickets are free but need to be reserved in advance since space - and particularly parking space - is restricted on the hill. As of time of writing tickets for July 21, Aug 4, and 11 are all taken, but members of the public are admitted to the site at around 8:30pm if there is still space available.

Additionally, the Centre for the Universe Vistors' Centre is open weekdays Tuesday to Friday from 10am-3pm, featuring the Centennial Exhibition commemorating the opening of the observatory in May 1918, courtesy of the Royal British Columbia Museum.

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This listing is for Summer 2020
Please contact organization for current 2021 information

451 Herald Street

Our office hours are as follows:
Mondays: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Tuesday through Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
*Please call or email us before planning an in-person visit to our office, as we are limiting visitors to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Sail training programs for young people aged 13-25 aboard the topsail schooner "Pacific Swift" and the gaff schooner "Pacific Grace." The "Pacific Swift" was built at Expo '86 as a working exhibit and is based on the "Swift" of 1778. The "Pacific Grace" is a replica of the "Robertson II", an original fishing schooner which plied the Grand Banks until 1973. Between 1974 and 1995 the "Robertson II" was used for sail training in the S.A.L.T.S. program. "Pacific Swift" and "Pacific Grace" provide a platform to continue the training of young people and allow the preservation of a valuable link with our maritime past.

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