2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Are you prepared?

On April 8, the moon will move between the Earth and sun causing a solar eclipse to take place. Niagara will be one of the best places in Canada to view the eclipse.

Although the moon will be covering most of the sun, it's still dangerous to look directly at the sun during this time. In Niagara, the eclipse starts at 2:04 p.m. and ends at 4:32 p.m.

At 3:18 p.m., the moon will cover 100 per cent of the sun.

Length of totality

  • Fort Erie: 3 minutes and 46 seconds
  • Grimsby: 2 minutes and 40 seconds
  • Niagara Falls: 3 minutes and 32 seconds
  • St. Catharines: 3 minutes and 15 seconds

Learn more about eclipse timing.

Eye safety

It's very dangerous to look directly at the sun at any time, but during an eclipse the temptation to have a quick glance can be very strong.

To avoid damaging your retinas when viewing the solar eclipse:

  • Do not view the eclipse at all or use a proper method of blocking the sun's dangerous rays while viewing
  • Use a filter that blocks all dangerous light. To do this, you must use ISO-certified eclipse glasses from a reputable vendor that meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. The manufacturer's name and address must be printed on the product.
  • Do not use any viewer if it has scratched or wrinkled lenses

There are no pain sensors in your retinas to tell you that your eyes are being damaged by looking at the sun.

Symptoms can take 12 to 48 hours to appear and can include retinal burns, permanent or temporary visual loss, and blurred vision. Once symptoms begin, it's usually too late to reverse any damage.

Eclipse glasses

It is essential to wear special glasses with filters designed for watching solar eclipses.

Where to find solar eclipse glasses

If appropriate eye protection is not available, alternative viewing strategies should be considered, such as an eclipse box or a livestream.

Avoid eye injuries

  • How to tell if your solar eclipse glasses are safe

    You should not be able to see anything through a safe solar filter except the sun itself.

    If you're not sure if the product came from a reputable vendor, don't use it.

    Safe solar filters produce a view of the sun that is comfortably bright like the full moon. If you glance at the sun through your solar filter and find it uncomfortably bright, out of focus or surrounded by a bright haze, do not use it.

  • What to avoid
    • Ordinary sunglasses or multiple pairs of sunglasses
    • Neutral density or polarizing filters, such as those made for camera lenses
    • Smoked glass
    • Photographic or X-ray film (unexposed, exposed or developed)
    • Eclipse glasses with a binocular or telescope
    • Potato-chip bags, DVDs, and any other do-it-yourself filters
  • Homemade filters

    Homemade filters are not recommended.

    Homemade filters may seem like they dim the sun to a comfortable level, but that does not mean they do so across the entire electromagnetic spectrum to which our eyes are sensitive.

Service disruptions

Learn about Regional service disruptions and and road closures.

State of emergency

The State of the Emergency has ended with the conclusion of the solar eclipse event.

Video: Protect your eyes

Travel tips

  • While driving, avoid looking at the eclipse. Keep your eyes on the road to safely operate your vehicle and avoid collisions.
  • Follow local directives and road signage as you travel on April 8. While travelling on highways, don't stop, take pictures, or get out of your car to view the eclipse.
  • Stay updated on road conditions before, during, and after the eclipse by visiting 511 Ontario.
  • Expect increases in traffic and road congestion. Plan ahead, fill your gas tank, and have snacks, water, entertainment and first-aid supplies on hand.
  • If travelling to view the eclipse, plan to arrive at your destination 24 to 48 hours ahead of time.

Health-related issues

If you experience any health-related issues, see your optometrist or go to the hospital immediately. Do not attempt to drive.

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