Path of totality: cities and towns in eastern Canada to visit and see the solar eclipse

Parts of five provinces in central and eastern Canada will be in the path of a total solar eclipse on April 8.

Top tourist destinations like Montreal and Niagara Falls await visitors from all over the country, but eclipse chasers have several cities and towns to choose from.


Kingston: Public locations open for eclipse viewing include Lake Ontario Park, Fort Henry, LaSalle High School, Maple Elementary School, Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, Jim Beattie Park, JR Henderson Public School and Gardens Civic Center of Lion and the Isabel Turner Library, among others.

Niagara: Public viewing areas in the Niagara Falls region include Old Fort Erie, Kingsbridge Park, Sandie Bellows Plaza at the Niagara Parks Power Station and Tunnel, Table Rock Centre, Queen Victoria Park, Oakes Garden Theatre, Botanical Gardens, Niagara Glen and Queenston Heights. Park.

Port Colborne: The city will offer a number of public viewing points, including the Vale Health and Wellness Center, Lock 8 Gateway Park, Sugarloaf Harbor Marina, downtown Port Colborne, Nickel Beach, Centennial Cedar Bay Beach and HH Knoll Lakeview Park.

Other places in the path of totality include: Burlington, St. Catharines, Belleville, Brockville and Cornwall.


Montreal: People can view the eclipse at several locations, including the Science Centre, Jean-Drapeau Park and the Old Port. There will be a party at McGill University with activities and other educational demonstrations on campus. Mount Royal Park is also in the path of totality.

Sherbrooke: The city’s museum of natural sciences invites visitors to the Maison de l’eau in Lucien-Blanchard Park for a viewing party on eclipse day. Bishop’s University also welcomes spectators on campus.

Other places in the path of totality include Drummondville and Havre-Aubert.

New Brunswick:

Fredericton: The provincial capital is hosting an eclipse festival with multiple activities planned for the day. To view it, the city invites people to come down to Carlton Street, where the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will assist eclipse observers.

Miramichi: The city welcomes spectators to the Miramichi-Chatham Airport, which has a parking capacity of approximately 1,500 vehicles.

Other locations in New Brunswick include Caribou.

Prince Edward Island:

Summerside and Cavendish are among the places on the island where the total eclipse will be visible.

Mill River Resort near Woodstock hosts a total solar eclipse viewing.

Parts of Prince County and northern Queen’s County are also in the path of totality.

Newfoundland and Labrador:

St. John’s: Johnson Geo Center is hosting a viewing party for people, although the provincial capital will see only a partial eclipse.

The total eclipse will be visible in Gander before the path enters the Atlantic. Johnson Geo Center has organized a bus tour to Gander from St. John’s with a visit to the College of the North Atlantic campus.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 1, 2024.

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