For the first time since 1979, there will be a total solar eclipse visible from North America on Monday, August 21.
The eclipse, which is being coined as the Great American Eclipse, will be fully visible across our neighbours south of the border, however, in Toronto, the moon will only appear to cover 76 percent of the sun.
While Torontonians won’t be able to witness the total eclipse, it will still be totally epic and a phenomenon you won’t want to miss.
While fascinating to witness, it’s dangerous to look directly at an eclipse without proper protective eyewear. Toronto’s Warby Parker is giving out free NASA-certified eclipse glasses at locations across Canada, including at the Queen Street West and Yorkdale.
From 1:10 p.m. to 3:49 p.m. on Monday, here are the best spots to watch the solar eclipse in Toronto and the GTA.
Torontonians should take advantage of this open-to-the-public eclipse viewing party. University of Toronto astronomers will also be in attendance to answer all your eclipse questions. There will also be free eclipse glasses on hand so guests can safely view the eclipse and see the sun through the solar telescopes. Guests will also be able to see live streams of the eclipse from regions of totality and compete for prizes.
Where: Princess Margaret Fountain, Exhibition Grounds
When: 10 am to 5 pm
York University will be offering a fun space to view this iconic event. Head down and join the university’s Observatory Team to look at the eclipse through glasses or telescopes. The path of the eclipse will also be streamed on a jumbo-tron from telescopes, and there will be other science activities like making giant bubbles, as well as the chance to build your own pin-hole camera to safely view the eclipse.
Where: Lions Stadium, 4700 Keele Street
When: 1 pm to 4 pm
Head to the Ontario Science Centre for an all-day eclipse viewing party with members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Special glasses and telescopes will be on hand, from 10 am to 5 pm at the TELUSCAPE, outside the main entrance.
Where: TELUSCAPE, 770 Don Mills Road
When: 10 am to 5 pm
Henderson Brewing brewed a custom beer – Dark Wit – to go with the eclipse. And they will have special viewing glasses on hand to insure that no eye-balls get injured! Eclipse action starts at 1:00. This is a free event.
Where: Henderson Brewing Co, 128A Sterling Road
When: August 21 at 1 pm
Bring your lunch, bring some games and watch the eclipse at one of Toronto’s most popular parks. The group will be watching the eclipse in the southern end of Trinity Bellwoods Park and bringing 50 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses to share.
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park
When: August 21 at 1 – 4 pm
Get a cool view of the eclipse and explore the universe with astronomer Randy Attwood and members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. All guests will receive viewing glasses to safely view the solar eclipse.
Where: Chappell House Lawn, 4300 Riverwood Parklane
When: 1 pm to 3:30 pm
For those wanting to view the eclipse north of the city, the Richmond Hill Public Library is teaming up with York Region Astronomy to host a a viewing party. They’ll have glasses on hand for visitors, as well as a feed up on monitors. It’s a weather dependent event, so make sure to check their website for updates.
Where: 1 Atkinson Street
When: 1:10 pm to 3:30 pm
Learn about the cosmic event with the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers at this free outdoor event. Solar eclipse glasses will be available, but glasses are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure to bring some non-perishable items, as the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers will be collecting food donations for the Hamilton Food Share at the event.
Where: T.B. McQuestion Park
When: 12 pm to 4 pm