The total solar eclipse is just one week away. Here’s where to watch in Toronto and southern Ontario

With just a week until the total solar eclipse, it’s time to start making a plan to observe the celestial spectacle.

A partial eclipse will take place just before 2 p.m. in southwestern Ontario, followed by a total eclipse at 3:12 p.m.

Remember, it is extremely dangerous to view the eclipse with the naked eye, but finding a safe alternative doesn’t have to be expensive: those who want to make their own eclipse glasses can do so using basic household items.

1. The CN Tower – Solar eclipse from the Tower

Watch the celestial event from one of the best views in Toronto. Tickets are required and must be booked in advance. Weather permitting, guests will experience a partial view of the total eclipse. Free eclipse glasses are provided with the cost of admission.

2. Metropolitan University of Toronto: ‘Solar Eclipse Viewing Party’ by SciXchange

the public can Join Metropolitan Toronto students on the quad to view the eclipse. and learn more about the solar event. Attendees must register in advance. Registration open until April 7 at 11:30 p.m.

SciXchange Solar Eclipse Party

3. Toronto Zoo: Solar Eclipse at Their Toronto Zoo

On Monday, the Toronto Zoo will hand out free eclipse glasses with admission, while supplies last, allowing guests to enjoy the show alongside their favorite animal. The zoo asks visitors to pay special attention to any changes in the animals’ behavior while the sun is eclipsed. “We encourage guests to arrive before the main event to get situated in their favorite animal’s habitat and prepare to WATCH,” the zoo wrote on its website.

Zoo Eclipse

4. Toronto Public Library – Various Events

The Toronto Public Library is celebrating a series of free events to celebrate the celestial spectacle. Many branches will host educational presentations and have opportunities to work on solar-themed crafts.

5. Etienne Brule Park – Total eclipse of the park (well, almost)

The Royal Canadian Institute of Science is hosting a watch party in west Toronto Étienne Brulé Park.

There, speakers will explore how the eclipse affects local wildlife. Eclipse glasses are required to attend this event. Pre-registered attendees can pick up glasses from organizers on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHERE TO WATCH THE SOLAR ECLIPSE IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO?

If you want to see the eclipse in its entirety, you will need to leave the Greater Toronto Area.

Although Niagara Falls has been considered one of the best places in the world to observe the eclipse, the city expects such an influx of visitors that it has preemptively declared a state of emergency.

If you’re looking to avoid the crowds in Niagara, which are estimated to number around one million spectators, you can also visit areas like Windsor, Kingston, and Prince Edward County, Ontario, also in the path of totality.

1. Amherstburg, Ontario. – ‘Celest-Fest on the beach’

The Holiday Beach Conservation Area is hosting a family viewing event in Amherstburg, at 6952 County Rd. For $15, attendees will be provided with a pair of glasses and offered activities such as celestial-themed crafts and guided forest walks. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Celest-Fest on the beach

2. Kingsville, Ont. – ‘Eclipse Viewing Party at Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary’

The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary is kicking off its National Wildlife Week with an eclipse viewing party in 332 Highway 3 West. The first 100 attendees will receive appropriate safety glasses. There will be activities and crafts for children and all buildings will be open for guided tours.

3. Kingston, Ont. – ‘Total Eclipse in the Park 2024’

Due to the large number of visitors expected in Kingston on Monday, the city Total Eclipse event in the park has been moved to Grass Creek Park. From 1 to 5 p.m., there will be several family activities including face painting, performances and educational presentations. Parking is limited, organizers say.

The city has also included a number of additional areas on its website where people can enjoy the eclipse for free.

4. Prince Edward County: Various Events

While there are no municipally organized events planned in Prince Edward Country, the city’s website has listed a series of privately organized viewing parties. For those looking for something a little quieter, areas like Sandbanks Provincial Park and Point Pelee National Park should offer an unobstructed view, depending on the weather.

5. Port Colborne: Vale Health and Wellness Center Viewing Event

For those who want to observe the eclipse in the Niagara area while avoiding the crowds at the falls, there will be a series of events. before the eclipse at the Vale Health & Wellness Center in Port Colborne, Ontario. on Monday. Some of the activities, such as the telescope tour, require pre-registration. Due to the expected large number of attendees, parking restrictions will be implemented.

Other places in Ontario that will be on the path to totality include Burlington, St. Catharines, Belleville, Brockville and Cornwall.

CAN YOU SEE THE SOLAR ECLIPSE VIRTUALLY?

For those who can’t escape the office, or who can’t take a trip outdoors to observe the solar peak, NASA broadcast the eclipse live.

WHEN IS THE NEXT SOLAR ECLIPSE?

After Monday, there won’t be another total solar eclipse in the Toronto area until 2144.

The last total solar eclipse in Canada, in February 1979, saw the path of totality cross southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and northern Ontario and Quebec.

The next partial eclipse in Toronto after Monday will occur on January 14, 2029 with coverage of just over 50 per cent.


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