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.

Star Parties scheduled for Friday, April 7th and 21st, 2017! 

Please join us from 8 pm - 10 pm for an unforgettable night of star gazing.

Join our mailing list so you can be alerted to future events. Email: starry-nights-request@sfu.ca with the subject line: Subscribe

Free Observatory Tours

Please join us at for free tours of the Observatory and courtyard every Wednesday from 7 - 8:30 pm and Thursday from 1:30 - 3 pm.

Drop by and say "hi" to our volunteers and check out the stars!

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects awarded PWL Landscape Architects a 2017 award of Excellence for Small-scale Public Landscapes designed by a Landscape Architect.

The Trottier Observatory & Science Courtyard is honored to make the cover of World Landscape Architect magazine.


Featured Video

Watch this time lapse video of the Trottier observatory construction.

Howard Trottier's talk as a guest of Sam Sullivan's Public Salon, October, 2016.

Current and Upcoming Events 

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There are no upcoming events at this time.