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New program at Deep Sky Eye for 2020 creates an outdoor space adventure with comfortable zero-gravity chairs
Several tourism operators in Yarmouth County received news recently that they are TripAdvisor 2020 Travelers' Choice Award Winners.
Cape Forchu Lighthouse, Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (Acadian Village in West Pubnico), Tusket Island Tours and the Deep Sky Eye Observatory in Quinan are 2020 Desination Winners.
The Travellers’ Choice award was established in 2002, and is the highest honour TripAdvisor can bestow. It’s based on millions of reviews and opinions from travellers from around the world and recognises the best tourism establishments in terms of service, quality, customer satisfaction and more, across a range of categories.
Categories are broken up per region and include destinations on the rise, beaches, landmarks, attractions, hotels, restaurants and more.
Neil MacKenzie, executive director of Yarmouth Acadian Shores, couldn’t wait to share the news.
"Quite a few of our operators are being recognized for the great products and services they provide."
He commended Deep Sky Eye Observatory for their introduction of the new Outdoor Space Adventure program for 2020.
"Tim (Doucette), his wife and team have done a tremendous job with the Deep Sky Eye and are a major reason why we continue to be able to grow our destination, especially as a Astro-Tourism destination,” he says.
This video at Deep Sky Eye Observatory was filmed before COVID-19
Doucette says he was “totally surprised.”
“I mean top 10 per cent of attractions in the world! This has been an awesome adventure and it continues to grow in different and amazing ways. I could not be doing all of this without the support and help from my wife Amanda, my brother Stephen, my assistant Brenda Tate and my Dad Freeman.”
Because of COVID-19, the business had to change programing this year. An outdoor addition called 'The Nocturnal Sky Theatre' with social distancing, was introduced and has been popular.
The “outdoor space adventure” features comfortable zero-gravity chairs to sit in while learning about space through projections on a big screen and looking at real stars. Participants are seeing what the observatory’s telescope “sees” in deep space. They can also have a look through a telescope located outside. Visitors can bring their own blanket and binoculars for the best experience.
“People seem to like it. We've actually only done it three times. Tonight (Aug. 20) will be the fourth,” he says.