Where & When to See Solar Eclipse in Canada

Canada will see a partial solar eclipse when the highly anticipated total eclipse of August 21, 2017 traverses the land from Oregon to South Carolina.

Depending on where you are located in Canada, you can view upto 90% of Solar Eclipse, which means that there will be noticeable darkening of the day.

Time and Duration of Solar Eclipse in CANADA

Location – Maximum Coverage Eclipse Duration
Victoria, BC – 91% 9:09 a.m. to 11:37 a.m.
Mid Eclipse: 10:20 a.m.
Vancouver, BC – 88% 9:10 a.m. to 11:37 a.m.
Mid Eclipse: 10:21 a.m.
Whitehorse, YT – 58% 9:23 a.m. to 11:24 a.m.
Mid Eclipse: 10:22 a.m.
Calgary, AB – 81% 10:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 11:33 a.m.
Edmonton, AB – 74% 10:24 a.m. to 12:49 p.m
Mid Eclipse:11:35 a.m.
Saskatoon, SK – 76% 10:29 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 11:43 a.m.
Regina, SK – 79% 10:30 a.m. to 1:04 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 11:46 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – 76% 11:40 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 12:57 p.m.
Thunder Bay, ON – 74% 12:52 p.m. to 3:28 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 2:11 p.m.
Windsor, ON – 77% 1:03 p.m. to 3:47 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 2:27 p.m.
London, ON – 79% 1:07 p.m. to 3:48 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 2:30 p.m.
Kitchener-Waterloo, ON – 77% 1:08 p.m. to 3:49 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 2:31 p.m.
Mississauga, ON – 77% 1:10 p.m. to 3:49 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 2:31 p.m.
Toronto, ON – 76% 1:10 p.m. to 3:49 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 2:31 p.m.
Kingston, ON – 72% 1:16 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 2:35 p.m.
Ottawa, ON – 68% 1:17 p.m. to 3:48 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 2:35 p.m.
Montreal, QC – 66% 1:21 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 2:38 p.m.
Quebec City – 61% 1:26 p.m. to 3:49 p.m.
Mid Eclipse:2:39 p.m.
Saint John, NB – 59% 2:37 p.m. to 4:56 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 3:49 p.m.
Halifax, NS – 58% 2:42 p.m. to 4:58 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 3:53 p.m.
St. John’s, NL – 43% 3:29 p.m. to 5:24 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 4:29 p.m.

Table from SkyNews Magazine. There is slight difference in the percentage calculation using US Naval Observatory Calculator and the above. Eg: Edmonton Eclipse coverage is 68% as per the calculator.

If your location is not listed above, check Time & Date or calculate using the calculator.

How & Where to View Solar Eclipse

If the sky is clear (not cloudy), you can view the eclipse by looking at the sun during the time of the eclipse, from a location of your choosing through special solar filters made specifically for the purpose of viewing a solar eclipse. Remember, it is not safe to view the Sun without appropriate filters. Make sure you buy genuine glasses through local RASC/Science Centres or from reputable stores. Select RASC chapters have distributed solar glasses to the local library. Check with your local chapter/library.

Where to Buy Solar Eclipse Glasses:

  1. Local RASC/Science Centres.
  2. Sky News.ca (Canadian Magazine of Astronomy & Star Viewing) Store Online
  3. Buy August 1 issue of the SkyNews magazine from the newsstands.
  4. List of reputed vendors by NASA

Other Options:

  • Do a science project and make a pinhole projector – How to make a pin hole projector.
  • Welder’s Mask – A welding mask with lens rating of 14 (ONLY THAT) is safe for viewing the eclipse. Do not use a welder’s mask if the lens is damaged, scratched, or if the shade rating is unknown.

Read safe viewing article by NASA.

Live Streaming of Eclipse – Link

Screenshot – Darksky.net

Eclipse Viewing Events in Canada

Many viewing parties (weather dependent) are organised across Canada by regional RASC centres, science centres and various university physics departments. Solar Telescopes will be set up on the grounds at most locations, and free eclipse glasses will be distributed at most venues (while supplies last).

Victoria

Eclipse: 9:09 a.m. to 11:37 a.m. Mid Eclipse: 10:20 a.m. Percentage: 91%

Details

  1. Mount Tolmie Park – RASC members will be at the summit with solar telescopes and eclipse viewers.
  2. Royal BC Museum area – RASC members will be near the museum with solar telescopes and eclipse viewers.
  3. University of Victoria Observatory – UVic is hosting a special public open house at the UVic Observatory (Bob Wright Building – 5th floor) on Monday, August 21, 2017 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to view the solar eclipse.

Sunshine Coast

Eclipse: 9:10 a.m. to 11:37 a.m.; Mid Eclipse: 10:21 Percentage: 86%
Davis Bay – The Sunshine Coast Centre will be setting up solar scopes at Davis Bay at 8 AM to allow Sunshine Coast residents to view the eclipse. We’ll have solar glasses for everyone. Details

Vancouver

Eclipse: 9:10 a.m. to 11:37 a.m.; Mid Eclipse: 10:21 a.m. Percentage: 88%

  1. Science World
    Solar Telescopes with RASC (weather permitting), Live eclipse-themed science activities and demonstrations. , Eclipse Viewers will be available while supplies last.and Live total eclipse coverage as it passes through the United States, in Science Theatre. Details
  2. UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy
    Join UBC professors and students to observe the partial solar eclipse (up to 86%) with eclipse viewers and telescopes. A live streaming of the total eclipse and presentations about how an eclipse occurs will be hosted in the Welcome Centre at the Robert H Lee Alumni Centre. – Details
  3. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

    From 8:45am-noon we will have a selection of solar telescopes, live streams, sun projections, and, of course, solar eclipse glasses for safe viewing. Join us on the grass outside of our Gordon Southam Observatory for this once in a lifetime event! During and after the viewing, the Space Centre will be open for special, eclipse-themed shows and activities. Details

Whitehorse

Eclipse: 9:23 a.m. to 10:22 a.m.; Mid Eclipse:11:24 a.m.
Percentage: 58%

Shipyards Park Members of the Yukon Astronomical Society will be out handing-out FREE solar viewers to observe this event safely @ Shipyards Park.
Details

Edmonton

Eclipse: 10:24 a.m. to 12:49 p.m; Mid Eclipse:11:35 a.m.
Percentage: 68%

RASC Observatory at TELUS World of Science RASC Edmonton is organising free activities at the site during the Eclipse. Free eclipse glasses available on a first-come, first-served basis, one per family – courtesy RASC. Details

Calgary

Eclipse: 10:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m; Mid Eclipse: 11:33 a.m.
Percentage: 81%

  1. Engineering Complex (Area 20) near the Taylor Institute, University of Calgary: Join to observe this amazing partial eclipse with the RAO’s pop-up observatory on the University of Calgary campus. Solar telescopes, and a limited amount of eclipse glasses, will be available to safely view the eclipse. There will also be a remote viewing the total eclipse as it unfolds across the Continental United States via the internet, indoors. Details
  2. Telus Spark: Eclipse Party which includes making your own viewer, looking through solar glasses and family BBQ. Details

Regina & Southern Saskatchewan

Eclipse in Regina: 10:30 a.m. to 1:04 p.m.
Mid Eclipse: 11:46 a.m. Percentage: 79%

  1. Saskatchewan Science Centre in Regina: At 10:05am see our Space Show at the Space Stadium Stage on the second floor. We’ll also be giving away solar eclipse viewing glasses after the show at about 10:20am (free with your Science Centre Admission while supplies last). The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be outside the Kramer IMAX Theatre entrance with their telescopes with special filters on the lenses to allow safe viewing of the eclipse during the event. Details
  2. Cypress Hills Observatory in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park West Block: Members of the Regina RASC Centre will have telescopes set up from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. Details
  3. Town square in Eastend, Saskatchewan: Members of the Regina RASC Centre will have telescopes set up from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Saskatoon

Eclipse: 10:29 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 11:43 a.m. Percentage: 76%

London Drugs 2323 8th St E. Saskatoon: Join us to safely view the partial solar eclipse. Projection viewing stations will be available as well as live streaming of the NASA coverage of the eclipse. 10:15 am – 1:00 pm. Details

Winnipeg

Eclipse: 11:40 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 12:57 p.m. Percentage: 76%

Manitoba Museum: Join us as we view the event live with safe solar telescopes. We’ll also have a live feed from the central eclipse path, showing the awe-inspiring total solar eclipse. Details

Toronto & GTA

Eclipse: 1:10 p.m. to 3:49 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 2:31 p.m. Percentage: 76%

Details

  1. Ontario Science Centre: 10:00am to 5:00pm by Ontario Science Centre
  2. Chappell House Lawn, The Riverwood Conservancy, Mississauga – 01:00pm – 03:30pm
  3. Richmond Hill Public Library – 1:10pm-3:45pm
  4. Princess Margaret Fountain, near the Better Living Centre – during CNE: 10:00am to 5:00pm by University of Toronto
  5. Lions Stadium, Toronto by The York University Observatory Team from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

London

Eclipse:1:07 p.m. to 3:48 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 2:30 p.m. Percentage: 79%

Hill in front of University College: Several telescopes along the walkway will be set up. At the Cronyn Observatory, we will project the Sun’s image through our 25.4 cm refractor, and present an exhibit celebrating Canada’s astronomical heritage. We will show a live stream from the path of totality from the classroom in the Engineering building right next to the Cronyn Observatory. Details

St Catharines

Eclipse: 1:13 p.m. to 3:53 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 2:33 pm. Percentage: 79%

Joe McCaffery Sports Park, St. Catharines: Come see the partial solar eclipse through our safe telescopes and eclipse glasses at Joe McCaffery Sports Park in St. Catharines, from 1-4 p.m., on August 21. The moon will cover almost 80% of the sun. Details

Belleville

Eclipse: 1:14 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 2:34 p.m. Percentage~ 70%
Market Square behind City Hall in Belleville: By Belleville RASC Centre.They will have specially designed telescopes and filtered glasses so that you will be able to see this unique event safely. – 1:15 pm and 3:45 pm Details

Kingston

Eclipse: 1:16 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 2:35 p.m. Percentage: ~70%

Confederation Park, Ontario Street across from City Hall: Kingston Centre members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be teaming up with Queen’s University and Royal MIlitaryCollege (RMC) graduate students to help give you a glimpse of the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Details

Ottawa

Eclipse: 1:17 p.m. to 3:48 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 2:35 p.m. Percentage: 68%

Canada Aviation and Space Museum: With help from members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, you can safely witness this event through solar-scopes and Sun-viewers. Meet these passionate astronomical experts and astrophysicist Jesse Rogerson to learn more about the physics of the solar system. Construct your own pinhole camera, which you can then use to observe the Sun. Telescopes will be set up from noon to 4 p.m., with the eclipse itself occurring from 1:17-3:48 p.m. Details

Montreal

Eclipse: 1:21 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 2:38 p.m. Percentage: 66%

  1. McGill University: There will be solar telescopes set up, as well as free eclipse glasses and a live stream of the total eclipse from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will also be on hand to explain the science behind the eclipse, answer questions and lead hands-on activities related to the Sun, Moon and Earth. Details
  2. Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan: Join amateur astronomers and observe the partial solar eclipse as it happens. This event is hosted by Quebec’s vision professionals: ophthalmologists, optometrists and dispensing opticians. Details

Saint John

Eclipse: 2:37 p.m. to 4:56 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 3:49 p.m. Percentage: 59%

Join local members and guests of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in observing the Moon pass in front of the Sun through safely filtered telescopes.Details

  1. Irving Nature Park
  2. Rockwood Park Bark Park

Moncton Area

Eclipse: 2:38 p.m. to 4:54 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 3:49 p.m. Percentage: 59%

  1. Resurgo Place Resurgo, 20 Mountain Rd, Moncton – Come view the eclipse safely through a solar viewing telescope. A limited supply of free eclipse viewers, courtesy of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, will be provided to be shared amongst the spectators on site. If you would like your own pair of eclipse glasses, Astronomy Moncton will be selling the remainder of their supply on site 2:30PM to 4:40PM
  2. Riverview Community Hall, 145 Lakeside Drive, Riverview – Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be hosting a free eclipse viewing event at the Riverview Community Hall, at the parking lot between the arena and skateboard park from 2:30PM to 4:40PM

Halifax

Eclipse: 2:42 p.m. to 4:58 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 3:53 p.m. Percentage: 48%

By Astronomy Nova Scotia

  1. Discovery Centre,1215 Lower Water Street:Safely filtered telescopes outdoors (free),Indoor program (entrance fee) – 1:00–5:00 pm
  2. Dalhousie University -Dunn Building, Lord Dalhousie Dr., 6310 Coburg Road:Safely filtered telescopes for direct viewing, Projected–image viewing, several interpreters 2:30–5:00 pm (free)
  3. Saint Mary’s University -in front of Burke Building on Inglis Street:Two safely filtered reflecting telescopes, one refractor with H-alpha filter, 40 eclipse viewers to loan out, several interpreters – 2:15 pm onwards

Rest of Nova Scotia

  1. Annapolis Royal

Eclipse: 2:38 p.m. to 4:57 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 3:50 p.m.

Fort Anne National Historic Site, 295 St. George Street: By Astronomy Nova Scotia. 2:30–5:00 pm

2. Liverpool, NS

Eclipse: 2:38 p.m. to 4:57 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 3:50 p.m.

Waterfront Park, Liverpool: Members of the Queens County Astronomy Group will be at 2:00–5:00 pm with solar-filtered telescopes and binoculars to share views of a rare partial solar eclipse. Solar viewing glasses will also be available.

3. Musquodoboit Harbour

Eclipse: 2:42 p.m. to 4:58 p.m. Mid Eclipse: 3:53 p.m.

Musquodoboit Harbour Community Garden, 7962 Hwy. 7 – Join to view the solar eclipse with one of our eclipse viewers! We will be serving ice tea and lemonade. Hosted by The Deanery Project – 3:00-4:30 pm. Details

 

Also check here for a list of viewing parties by RASC Chapters.

Next total solar eclipse in Canada is on April 8, 2024, which will be visible from Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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