Plans are underway to build a major observatory 20-kilometres north east of Bon Echo provincial park, in the Denbigh area.
The area around Denbigh has some of the best Dark Night Skies in southern Canada, ideal for a high-definition telescope. Project spokesman Frank Roy told Hastings County council that the project could generate 10-million a year in tourist and other spin-off dollars. It would conduct scientific work, and include a visitors centre. County council sent the issue to the planning committee. Roy expects the observatory to be built in the spring of 2012.