Where’s the Observatory?

The Earl L. Wonnacott Observatory is located on the rooftop of Memorial Hall.


In the evening hours, after 5pm, most parking lots are free, with parking lots B and C being the nearest lots. Access to the building can be through either the main doors on the north side (shown in photograph below), or on the west side, where there is ramp access to a small side door.

Observatory Location & Parking
Location of Memorial Hall on the UPEI campus, with nearest parking lots (available for use during evening hours) indicated.
(Screenshot from UPEI Campus Map, annotated by UPEI Physics)
Memorial Hall. Photo source: http://www.upei.ca/about-upei/visit-the-campus/memorial-hall
Memorial Hall.
(Photo source: http://www.upei.ca/about-upei/visit-the-campus/memorial-hall)

Memorial Hall room 417 is used as a meeting point and waiting room. It is possible to take the elevator to the 4th floor from the building’s main floor.

Room 417 of Memorial Hall is a classroom that we use as our “waiting room”.
(Photo by Megan Glover)

Volunteers from local astronomy groups and UPEI Physics will be in room 417 and have general astronomy information and more information about that night’s viewing. There will also be some astronomy-themed activities – models, colouring activities for kids, etc.

To get to the observatory, you take the stairs to the rooftop, and then a few extra stairs into the observatory itself.

Megan Glover, Laboratory Technician, setting up the telescope in the Earl L. Wonnacott Observatory. (Photo by UPEI photographer Mike Needham)