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The Great North American Solar Eclipse

Planning to experience the total Solar Eclipse in Haldimand County? This once-in-a-lifetime celestial event is happening on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Discover the Marvels of a Total Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse is a rare occurrence that happens when the moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth. Although they occur somewhere on Earth every 18 months on average, it is estimated that they recur at any given place only once every 360 to 410 years.

The eclipse will be best viewed along a narrow path in Ontario. Haldimand is located in the path of totality.

Be awe-inspired by the beauty of a total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Learn more about solar eclipses from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Path of totality

Southern Ontario map showing eclipse path

Map Source:  Eclipse2024.org

Protect your eyes

Make safety a priority during this extraordinary event. Looking at the sun directly, even for a short-time, can cause serious permanent eye damage to your retinas.  You can’t feel the damage happening and the effects of the damage are delayed, usually showing up the next day.  Supervise children and make your family members fully aware of the danger.

There are a range of ways for you to watch the solar eclipse safely, without harming your eyes:

  • Make a pinhole viewer – fun to make in advance, with your kids
  • Watch online –  a live viewing link will be provided closer to the date of the event.
  • Purchase your own eclipse glasses only from reputable sources – order early to avoid disappointment as supplies are limited. Ensure the source is trusted and glasses are labelled to meet ISO 12312-2 requirements. Eclipse glasses are about 100,000 times darker than ordinary sunglasses and block nearly all visible light as well as all infrared and ultraviolet light.
  • You only need one pair of solar glasses to share amongst several people, as you will be viewing it for only short periods, intermittently throughout the eclipse.

Safety tips

  • You can view the eclipse directly without proper eye protection only when the moon completely obscures the sun’s bright face, during the brief and spectacular period known as totality. (You’ll know it’s safe when you can no longer see any part of the Sun through eclipse glasses or a solar viewer.)
  • As soon as you see even a little bit of the bright sun reappear after totality, immediately put your eclipse glasses back on or use a handheld solar viewer to look at the sun.
  • Using a camera or your cell phone will not protect your eyes, and directly pointing your camera at the sun during a solar eclipse can cause damage to your camera’s internal sensor and lens (especially with newer models that have larger and faster lenses). Solar filters for phone camera lenses and cameras can be purchased at camera stores and online.
  • Do not use eclipse glasses or handheld viewers with cameras, binoculars, or telescopes. Those require a different type of solar filter.
  • Read the instructions written inside the solar glasses to determine the length of continuous wear allowed (usually only a few minutes) and check for the correct ISO 12312-2 labeling.

Learn more about eclipse safety from NASA.

Timelines of the Eclipse in Haldimand County

Timing is everything when it comes to experiencing the full wonder of a total solar eclipse. The peak time for the eclipse in Haldimand County will be at 3:17 pm. This is when the moon will perfectly cover the sun, called Totality, revealing the mesmerizing corona, a halo of light surrounding the hidden star. Check the timeline for your town.

Timeline below is based on Cayuga, Ontario location.

Monday, April 8, 2024Total solar eclipse visible: 100%
Duration:2 hours, 27 minutes, 35 seconds
Duration of Totality:3 minutes, 7 seconds
Partial begins:2:03:34 pm
Full begins:3:17.23 pm
Maximum:3:18:57 pm
Full ends:3:20:30 pm
Partial ends:4:31:09 pm

Haldimand Libraries – Solar Glasses

Each branch of the Public Libraries in Haldimand County will have a small supply to hand out to the public starting February 22nd until the supply is extinguished, as part of a McMaster University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy solar glasses program.  Quantities are limited, and restricted numbers are given per person. Please keep in mind that several people in one location can share one pair of solar glasses, as you can only look through them for a few minutes at a time (see the rating on the glasses for restriction on the length of continuous viewing time, usually 3 minutes), so be considerate and take only what is necessary.

Public Information Session Caledonia – Thursday, March 14th – 6:30 pm

Join us at the Caledonia Library where a representative from McMaster University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy will explore eclipses and teach us more about safely enjoying this spectacular event.

Solar glasses will be provided to the first 100 participants attending on a first come first served basis. No registration is required and everyone is welcome.

Public Information Session Hagersville – Tuesday, March 19th – 6:00 pm

Join us at the Hagersville Library where local amateur astronomer Ryan Snyder will explore what an eclipse is, how and where to get the best view on April 8th and tips and tricks to photographing the eclipse.

Solar glasses will be provided to the first 100 participants attending on a first come first served basis. No registration is required and everyone is welcome.

Viewing the Eclipse

Haldimand County boasts a variety of parks providing great vantage points for observing the celestial event. From waterfront parks with unobstructed views to tranquil forested areas. Please note there is no camping permitted in Haldimand County parks at any time, including overnight.

Ensure you are in the town you wish to view the eclipse at least 24-48 hours in advance to avoid traffic, as the influx of visitors may cause road congestion, and to ensure sight lines are clear.

Explore our trails and pathways.

Haldimand eclipse viewing events

  • RCAF No. 6 Dunnville Museum is planning a viewing event.  Space will be limited. Learn more.

Plan your trip to Haldimand

Find where to stay, eat and play on your trip at Tourism Haldimand. Enjoy our self-guided PATH (Public Art Tour Haldimand) while you are here.

If you have questions please reach out to us at tourism@haldimandcounty.on.ca

Graphic & Eclipse Simulator provided by Eclipse2024.org