Eclipse 2024

2024 Total Solar Eclipse

On April 8th 2024, North America will be treated to a total solar eclipse! This will be the last total solar eclipse in Canada until 2044, so this is your best opportunity to see this incredible astronomical phenomenon without having to travel too far.

We are maintaining a list of events and resources for this eclipse. If you have information to add, please contact the Eclipse Task Force.

If you are travelling to, or within, the path of totality to view the total solar eclipse, it is highly recommended that you arrive in place 24-48 hours in advance of the eclipse, and stay after the eclipse for an additional night, due to expected crowds and traffic.

Check out Eclipse2024.org or Timeanddate.com for details on this eclipse's path.

 

Resources for Educators

Education Bundle for Teachers

Are you an educator looking to teach your students all about eclipses? Check out our bundle for teachers! Resources are available for all grades.

Discover the Universe

Discover the Universe has many resources for teachers, including eclipse glasses usage training. Check out their Eclipse 101 (English and French) and Eclipse 201 (English and French) courses.

Handout for Eclipse Day

Check out this handout created by our Belleville Centre for the eclipse! It highlights local timing of the eclipse down to the second, as well as some details about observing and eye safety. Belleville Centre has kindly provided the editable version of this document for other Centres, volunteers and outreach teams to edit for their area. To download the editable version of this document, click here.

 

Resources for Public Entities (e.g. schools, municipalities)

Webinar: Planning for a Solar Eclipse

Join the RASC Eclipse Task Force to learn more about what solar eclipses are, how to keep your eyes safe, how to plan for an eclipse in public spaces, and some educational resources available to all. Watch now!

Slides from this webinar are available here.

 

Solar Eclipse Planning Guide for Municipalities

This guide is available in both English and French.

 

Council Deputation slides

Are you interested in speaking to your municipality about the Total Solar Eclipse? These slides are designed to make that process easier. Download them here.

 

Eclipses and Eye Safety

Never look directly at the Sun without using protective filters that comply with the ISO 12312-2: 2015 standard. Even when almost the entire Sun is covered by the Moon, light from the remaining visible crescent Sun is intense enough to cause a retinal injury. Solar eclipse viewers and glasses are designed to give a safe comfortable view of the partly eclipsed Sun. Sunglasses (even multiple pairs), smoked glass and space blankets are not safe substitutes.

Solar eclipse viewers and glasses that comply with the ISO 12312-2: 2015 standard must have labels to that effect. The manufacturer or distributor must be able to provide proof of compliance on request.

You can remove solar viewers and look directly at an eclipse only during totality (when the Moon is completely blocking the Sun) and if you are in the path of totality. Totality only spans a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on where you are located in the path of totality.

To learn more about eye safety when viewing a solar eclipse, please check out this webpage from the American Astronomical Society.

 

Eclipse events across Canada

Please note this includes events both leading up to the eclipse and on eclipse day.

British Columbia
Sechelt

Eclipse Viewing Event
From Sechelt, British Columbia, you’ll be able to view a ~30% eclipse. Weather permitting astronomers will be setting up solar scopes to allow the public to safely view this partial eclipse at two different locations.

The eclipse begins about 10:40 hours Pacific and ends at 12:20 hours Pacific.

RASC Sunshine Coast Centre will also be selling eclipse glasses in advance at Trail Bay Mall in Sechelt on March 1 and 2 between 10:00 hours and 15:00 hours.

Locations: (1) the foot of Trail Ave on the seawall, Sechelt and (2) the Pender Harbour Ocean Discovery Station (PODS) turnaround area, Pender Harbour

Date: April 8 2024

Hosted by the Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC.

Ontario
Belleville

Total Solar Eclipse Information Session
This information session on April 6 at 10:30 am will describe why total solar eclipses happen, and why this event is so rare. Safe viewing methods will also be covered so you can be prepared to enjoy this once in a lifetime event. In addition, ISO certified eclipse glasses will also be available to purchase. Come out and meet with members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and learn more about the eclipse and your local astronomy club.

Location: Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle St, Belleville, ON K8N 3B1

Date: March 30 2024 **NEW DATE**

Hosted by the Belleville Centre of the RASC.

Elgin County

Designated Eclipse Viewing Areas in Elgin County
Elgin County is located directly in the path of totality for the upcoming April 8th total solar eclipse. Explore great locations to view this amazing event!

Location: Various within Elgin County

Date: April 8 2024

Hosted by Elgin County.

Fort Erie

Designated Eclipse Viewing Areas in Fort Erie
Elgin County is located directly in the path of totality for the upcoming April 8th total solar eclipse. Explore great locations to view this amazing event!

Location: Various sites in Fort Erie

Date: April 8 2024

Hosted by Elgin County.

Haldimand County

Haldimand County Eclipse Viewing Sites
Haldimand County boasts a variety of parks providing great vantage points for observing the celestial event, ranging from waterfront parks with unobstructed views to tranquil forested areas. Please note there is no camping permitted in Haldimand County parks at any time, including overnight.
 

Locations: Various within Haldimand County

Date: April 8 2024

Hosted by Haldimand County

Hamilton

Eclipse Page — RASC Hamilton Centre

Jordan

Total Solar Eclipse in the Vineyard

Location: 3100 Glen Road, Jordan, ON L0R 1S0

Date: April 8 2024

Hosted by the Calamus Estate Winery.

Kingston

Eclipse Page — Queen's University, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Kingston Eclipse Page — RASC Kingston Centre
Kitchener-Waterloo Eclipse Page - RASC Kitchener-Waterloo Centre
London

Public Eclipse Presentation
Have your chance to look through telescopes, talk to astronomers and ask them questions, especially about the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024. No registration is required and eclipse glasses will be available.

Location: Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory, Western University

Date: March 23, 8 pm - 10 pm

Hosted by the University of Western Ontario

London

Astronomy on Tap
Learn about solar eclipses and more at London's oldest craft brewery.

Location: Forked River Brewing Company, 45 Pacific Court #4, London, ON

Date: March 27, 2024, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Hosted by Forked River Brewing Company and the University of Western Ontario

Picton

Solar Eclipse Information Session
This information session will describe why total solar eclipses happen, and why this event is so rare. Safe viewing methods will also be covered so you can be prepared to enjoy this once in a lifetime event. In addition, ISO certified eclipse glasses will also be available to purchase. Come out and meet with members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and learn more about the eclipse and your local astronomy club.

Location: Picton Library, 208 Main St W, Picton, ON K0K 2T0

Date: March 2 2024, 2pm ET

Hosted by the Belleville Centre of the RASC.

Port Burwell

Public Eclipse Presentation
Learn about the upcoming total solar eclipse! Eclipse viewers will be available.

Location: Fred Bodsworth Public Library of Port Burwell, 21 Pitt St, Port Burwell, ON N0J 1T0

Date: March 26, 2024 at 7:00 pm

Hosted by the London Centre of the RASC.

Richmond Hill

David Dunlap Observatory: Near-Total Solar Eclipse
The David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill is NOT on the path of totality. From the David Dunlap Observatory, we will observe a partial eclipse that will cover approximately 99% of the sun. Eclipse-themed programming will occur regardless of the weather, but if it is clear, we will have live, on-site observing of the eclipse, too. Registration will be required, with registration opening in February 2024

Location: 123 Hillsview Dr, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T3

Date: April 8 2024

Hosted by the Toronto Centre of the RASC and the City of Richmond Hill.

St Catharines

Brock University Faculty of Mathematics & Science Solar Eclipse Event
The event is led by the Brock University Physics Department and will include interactive expert workshops, hands-on activities, and guided observations.

Location: 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way

Date: April 8 2024

Hosted by Brock University.

St. Thomas

Public Eclipse Presentation
Learn about the upcoming total solar eclipse! Eclipse viewers will be available.

Location: St. Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis St, St Thomas, ON N5P 3Z7

Date: March 30, 2024 at 11:00 am

Hosted by the London Centre of the RASC.

Straffordville

Public Eclipse Presentation
Learn about the upcoming total solar eclipse! Eclipse viewers will be available.

Location: Straffordville Public Library, 9366 Plank Rd, Straffordville, ON N0J 1Y0

Date: March 26, 2024 at 7:00 pm

Hosted by the London Centre of the RASC.

Toronto

Solar and Lunar Wonders at Tommy Thompson Park
Join us for an enchanting evening under the stars at Tommy Thompson Park! This night hike will include talks on the Spring Equinox, astronomy and star gazing, and the science and significance of the upcoming total solar eclipse! Participants will also receive solar viewers so they can safely experience the eclipse. Advance registration is required and spots are limited.

Location: Tommy Thompson Park, 1 Leslie Street, Toronto

Date: March 9 2024

Hosted by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

Toronto

Eclipse Workshops in Toronto for Teachers
Discover the Universe is happy to announce a new series of eclipse in-person workshops for teachers on the University of Toronto St. George campus. Each participant will receive a pack of 50 eclipse glasses for their students. The 90 minute workshop will cover:

  • What is a solar eclipse?
  • Details of the April 8 eclipse;
  • How to observe safely;
  • Tips for planning this event in your school;
  • Hands-on activities and demonstrations to teach about the eclipse;
  • Ideas for multidisciplinary activities;
  • Distribution of eclipse glasses to all participants

You must be a teacher at an accredited school to join this workshop

Location: University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Dates: February 15, February 19, February 27, March 5, March 14, March 18, March 26, 2024

Hosted by Discover the Universe.

Trenton

Public Eclipse Presentation
Come join RASC Belleville for public presentations on the total solar eclipse.

Location: Wellington and District Community Centre, 111 Belleville Street, Wellington

Date: February 19 2024 from 10:00 - 3:00 pm

Hosted by the Belleville Centre of the RASC.

Wellington

Public Eclipse Presentation
Come join RASC Belleville for public presentations on the total solar eclipse.

Location: Wellington and District Community Centre, 111 Belleville Street, Wellington

Date: February 19 2024 from 10:00 - 3:00 pm

Hosted by the Belleville Centre of the RASC.

Windsor Eclipse Page - RASC Windsor Centre
RASC Windsor are engaged in plans with Point Pelee National Park, Kingsville and Essex communities as well as ERCA (Essex Region Conservation Authority). Their eclipse committee can be contacted via we2024eclipse@rascwindsor.com.
Quebec
Various cities

Eclipse Events in Quebec
The Eclipse Quebec website shows a variety of eclipse events taking place in Quebec, both within and outside of the path of totality.

Location: Various

Date: April 8 2024

Hosted by Eclipse Quebec.

Bromont

Mon Éclipse - Bromont
Well oriented site with 3min 16sec of totality. Free eclipse glasses distributed to FAAQ members and the general public. Amateur astronomers will be on site with telescopes and binoculars to do public demonstrations. Security guards on site for amateurs that will want to set-up their equatorial mounts the night before the event. Special hotel rates are available on the site's link.

Location: 20 rue John-Savage, Bromont, QC, J2L 1E7

Date: April 8 2024

Hosted by la Fédération des astronomes amateurs du Québec (FAAQ) and the City of Bromont.

Notre-Dame-des-Bois

Mont-Megantic ASTROLab Eclipse Programming
Onsite programming will take place on April 8, 2024. Further details to be released.

Location: Mont-Megantic ASTROLab, 189 Rte du Parc, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, QC J0B 2E0

Date: April 8 2024

Saint-Georges de Beauce

Mon Éclipse - Saint-Georges
A very well oriented site with 2min 31sec of totality. Site on one side of a very wide valley where the Moon's shadow will be seen coming from 7 or 8 kilometres. Free eclipse glasses distributed to FAAQ members and the general public. Amateur astronomers professors and trained university students will be on site with telescopes and binoculars to do public demonstrations. Security guards on site for amateurs that will want to set-up their equatorial mounts the night before the event.

Location: Carrefour Saint-Georges, 8585 Lacroix blvd.,Saint-Georges de Bauce, QC, G5Y 5L6

Date: April 8, 2024

Hosted by la Fédération des astronomes amateurs du Québec (FAAQ), Saint-Georges astronomy club, City of Saint-Georges, Mont Cosmos Observatory, Professors from Laval University and Ste-Foy CÉGEP.

New Brunswick
New Brunswick Eclipse Page — RASC New Brunswick Centre
Fredericton

EclipseFest Fredericton
EclipseFest Fredericton will be a long weekend of events that includes exhibits, special programming, the Science East Planetarium eclipse-themed show, astronomy and viewing sessions, theatre presentations and food. Attendees will also receive free solar eclipse glasses.

Location: Odell Park, Waggoners Ln, Fredericton, NB E3B 3X5

Date: April 6-8, 2024

Hosted by Fredericton Capital Region Tourism, Bibliothèque publique de Fredericton Public Library, Science East and RASC New Brunswick Centre.

Florenceville-Bristol

Solar Telescope Balloon Launch
On April 8, 2024, a balloon-borne solar telescope will be launched by means of an unmanned high-altitude balloon on April 8, 2024, which will the only citizen-led project of its kind outside of NASA.

Location: Exact location to be determined.

Date: April 8 2024

Florenceville-Bristol

Public Talk by Col. Chris Hadfield
Special guest Col. Chris Hadfield, legendary Canadian astronaut, writer, pilot, musician etc. coming to speak after the eclipse on Monday evening, April 8 from 7-9 pm at the Northern Carleton Civic Centre in Florenceville-Bristol, NB. Ticket information will be announced closer to the event date. Follow the Facebook page Eclipse NB 2024 for details, or purchase tickets here.

Location: Northern Carleton Civic Centre, 40 McCain St, Florenceville-Bristol, NB E7L 3J4

Date: April 8 2024

Miramichi

Total Eclipse Totale Miramichi
This multi-day festival of science, art, and community spirit includes STEM workshops and sessions, the Astronomy East Conference, a music festival, and light show, all culimanting with the eclipse’s awe-inspiring climax on April 8th.

Location: Miramichi Airport (Airport Dr, Miramichi, NB E1N 3A7) and various other locations.

Date: April 3-8 2024

Hosted by City of Miramichi, Brilliant Labs/Anglophone North School District, Astronomy East, and Newcastle Business District.

Plaster Rock

Totality Over Tobique
Visit the District of Tobique Valley to witness a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 and take part in the many activities of this 4-day Eclipse Festival!

Location: 159 Main Street, Plaster Rock, NB

Date: April 5 - April 8 2024

Nova Scotia
Halifax

Eclipse Viewing at St. Mary's University
The St. Mary's University Astronomy & Physics department will host an event on the SMU campus for safe solar observing, including some solar telescopes and eclipse glasses in the afternoon on April 8, 2024! Please note that Halifax is not in the path of totality and will experience an approximately 95% partial eclipse

Location: Burke Gaffney Observatory, St. Mary's University, 5865 Gorsebrook Ave, Halifax, NS B3H 1G3

Date: April 8 2024

Hosted by St Mary's University.

Newfoundland and Labrador
Gander

More information coming soon.

Solar Eclipse Soirée - Gander 2024
On April 8, the total Solar Eclipse will be visible across central Newfoundland with some of the best sightlines in the Town of Gander. The 2024 Eclipse will be the first one crossing Newfoundland since 1970 and the only one until 2079. For many, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event to see a total solar eclipse in Newfoundland. Solar Eclipse Soiree - Gander 2024 aims to heighten the enjoyment and understanding of this fun phenomenon.

Location: Various locations. Main viewing to be at Gander Campus of the College of the North Atlantic (1 Magee Rd, Gander, NL A1V 1W8)

Date: April 6 - 8 2024

Hosted by the Town of Gander and the Physics Department at Memorial University.