2013: In October 2013, AstroPontiac hosted its first outreach event, Aylmer AstroNight. Over 200 people came out to glimpse through telescopes, speak with exhibitors and hear from our special guest speaker Marc Garneau.
2014: In June 2014, with generous support from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s Ottawa Centre, we hosted a solar observing session that drew more than 500 visitors. In August and September we also hosted a series of public viewings in Luskville, Quebec right beside the Ottawa River. It was a treat to have a range of visitors, from seasoned astronomers to people looking through a telescope for the first time.
2015: The National Capital Commission provided us with a wonderful new home at the Luskville Falls entrance of Gatineau Park. With some amazing help from the Regroupement des Astronomes Amateurs de l’Outaouais Québécois, we were able to host a series of evening viewings and a solar viewing that drew over 200 people.
2016: We hosted another series of evening viewings at Luskville in the late summer and fall. Thanks to some help from our amazing volunteers and Gatineau Park, we had the best attendance rate at our site to date, averaging over thirty visitors per evening.