The Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard is an integral part of the Trottier Studio for Innovative Science Education. Both facilities are uniquely dedicated to bringing science education and astronomy to children, youth and the general public.


Trottier family

The Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard as well as the Trottier Studio for Innovative Science Education form a seamless partnership between the mission of the Trottier Family Foundation and SFU’s goal to engage with its community.



Nestled within the heart of the Burnaby campus, the Trottier Observatory is the flagship facility in the Faculty of Science’s myriad outreach programs.


Starry nights

Since its inception in 2007, the Starry Nights program has brought thousands of star-gazers, including children and youth, to campus to peruse the night skies and learn about astronomy.

At this time, public access to the Trottier Observatory is only available during Starry Nights @ SFU parties. These events are open to the public and announced a few days in advance.  Viewing hours outside of Starry Nights @ SFU events will be set at a later time.  Email to join our Starry Nights maillist and receive updates on upcoming events or follow us on Twitter @sfutrottobs.

Featured Video

Watch this time lapse video of the Trottier observatory construction.

Current and Upcoming Events