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Total Solar Eclipse

One of nature’s most spectacular and rare phenomena is coming to Brockville on Monday, April 8, 2024. Our region will be one of the few places in Canada that will be in the path of a total solar eclipse. These are rare events in which the moon passes in front of the sun, and temporarily blocks its light, turning day into twilight.

Brockville will be in the Path of Totality on April 8, 2024 and will experience a total solar eclipse on that day. This will be a once in a lifetime event for the residents of Brockville as a total solar eclipse won’t fall over Brockville again for hundreds of years.

The path of totality is a narrow corridor of approximately 100 to 115 kilometres wide in which the sun appears to be completely covered by the moon for a short period of time. People who are in the path of totality are able to see features of the sun that are not normally visible. Proper eye protection is necessary.

What makes this solar eclipse different?

You may be thinking that you’ve seen an eclipse before, so what’s the big deal? Unless you have gone out of your way to be along the Path of Totality you have mostly likely only seen a partial solar eclipse in the past. Even if you have seen a partial eclipse where 99% of the sun was covered, it’s an incomparable experience when 100% of the sun is covered during a total solar eclipse. Click here to try out the eclipse simulator for Brockville to see what makes a total solar eclipse different from a partial solar eclipse.

People who have experienced a total eclipse describe it as a meaningful life event, an awe inspiring and fully immersive natural wonder:

“As the eclipse progresses and most of the Sun is covered, the environment changes. You notice the dimming and special quality of the light around you, the fading colours and the drop in temperature. Nature becomes quiet, and you too become hushed as the Moon’s shadow creeps eerily toward you… Those final moments before totality are incredibly powerful as things change rapidly. The brilliant diamond ring, a last gleam of sunlight seen against the lunar silhouette, heralds the start of totality… and then you are, quite literally, plunged into darkness. You are standing in the shadow of the Moon. Totality.”

– Dr. Kate Russo, Being in the Shadow

Date and Time of the Solar Eclipse:

Solar Eclipse Viewing Event in Brockville:

A community total eclipse viewing event will be held on Blockhouse Island in Brockville on Monday, April 8 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The eclipse itself takes place between 2:10 pm and 4:35 pm, with eclipse totality occurring in Brockville from 3:24 pm to just before 3:27 pm. This will be a fun way to get out and experience this once in a lifetime event with friends, family, and our local community.

Event site details:

Full Event Details

The event starts at 11:00 am on April 8th on Blockhouse Island.


The Royal Canadian Air Force is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, and will have a presence on site, along with performances by the Royal Canadian Air Force Pipes and Drums. Click here for more information about their special fly past scheduled to follow our opening ceremonies.

The Aquatarium will have educational activities and face painting on the grassy area in the centre of the parkway.

For astronomy enthusiasts, a telescope set up area will be established on the south west corner of the parkway (see “telescopes” below).

A chalk art contest will take place on site with artists creating their pieces throughout the event. If you are interested in participating in this contest, you must contact us in advance to sign up. Please fill in this brief form to express your interest in participating. Artists of all levels are welcome. Proposed work must be appropriate for viewing by all ages. Preferred themes are the eclipse and astronomy, the Aquatarium, celebrating 100 years of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and celebrating Brockville, but if you have other ideas, please let us know. Maximum 10 participating contestants.

For more information on the Eclipse event happening in Brockville, please visit eclipsecanada2024.ca as information will be added to that site as the event develops.

If you are a business owner in Brockville, please read our post on how to prepare for the eclipse.



There are a number of parking lots in the vicinity of the Blockhouse Island eclipse viewing area. These include the Market Street West lot, indoor parking at the Aquatarium and outdoor parking across the street. For pedestrian safety, the Water Street Parking lot will not be available. For more information on parking in Brockville, please visit our parking page. Complimentary 2 hour parking is available on King Street and side streets downtown, but please note that you must move your car after the 2 hour mark or you could receive a parking ticket.

Accessible Parking Area: If you have an Accessible Parking Tag, you may park in our dedicated parking area on Ferry Street, however these spaces are limited so you should plan for an alternate plan if these spaces are full (have someone with you who can drop you off an park further away). Golf cart shuttles sponsored by Hudson Supply will help get you from the Ferry Street parking spaces to further out on Blockhouse Island.

Solar Shuttle Bus

Free parking is available off site at both the Brockville Memorial Centre, courtesy of BuildingBrockville (take 401 exit 698) and the Brockville Shopping Centre (take 401 exit 696) with a free shuttle bus service (using school buses). Buses will run on a loop.

Solar shuttle service will run:

Please note that buses will not be on the road during totality; the last pick up to get down to Blockhouse Island will pick up at around 2:45pm, traffic dependent. Service will restart from Blockhouse Island starting at 3:45 pm following Totality and will continue until 6:00 pm.


Public washrooms are available in the harbour building (brown building) on Blockhouse Island. There is also a water bottle refilling station just inside the doors.

Additional port-a-potties and hand washing stations will be available at the Water Street parking lot.


A dedicated telescope area will be located in the south west corner of Blockhouse Island. Anyone bringing a telescope who needs to transport it in a vehicle to the site due to its size must do so between 9:00 am and 10:30 am on April 8th, and removal must take place after 5:00 pm. Parking on Blockhouse Island will not be permitted, so you will need to drop off your telescope, go park your car off site, and return to the site on foot. Your equipment will be unattended during this period, so you should also bring someone with you who can stay on site while you park your car.

Event organizers and sponsors

Why will you want to be in Brockville to experience the eclipse?

Eye Safety during an eclipse:

Looking directly at the sun is never safe, and significant eye damage can occur when looking at the eclipse. Free solar glasses (sponsored by our partners) will be available for pick up in advance from the Aquatarium, and at our community event on site at Blockhouse Island (limited quantities available, maximum one per person while supplies last).

How to get your approved solar eclipse glasses:

The Royal Canadian Air Force, the Aquatarium, and Brockville Tourism have sponsored solar filter glasses that will be handed out on the day of the event, in advance to schools, and for pick up in advance from the Aquatarium.

Glasses will be available during business hours for all locations, with a maximum of 4 glasses per household. Glasses will also be distributed to Brockville and area schools. If your child will already be receiving a pair of glasses from their school, please help us ensure that we can protect the greatest number of eyes, and do not request glasses from the Aquatarium for your household that you will not need.

Eye Safety Notes:

Using your solar glasses:

The only time that the eclipse can be viewed with the naked eye is at maximum (when the moon completely blocks the sun), and only if you are located within the path of totality (if you will be in Brockville during the eclipse you will be in the path and will be able to remove your glasses at maximum). The light level at this time is roughly equivalent to looking at a full moon and is safe to look at, but only lasts a minute or two. The sun at any other time is dangerously bright and must be viewed through a special purpose solar filter.

You do not need to wear the solar filter glasses unless you are looking at the sun. You may still go about your day as usual, just don’t look up at the sun unless you view through your solar filter glasses.

If you won’t be in Brockville during the eclipse, check this map to see if you will be in the Path of Totality. If you will be outside of the Path, you will be observing a partial eclipse, which means that will not observe maximum (100% eclipse) and you must keep your glasses on for the entire viewing.

Viewing Conditions:

April does have a tendency to be cloudy and possibly rainy which would affect the viewing experience greatly. Even if the sun and moon are blocked by clouds during the eclipse, we would still experience the twilight conditions when the moon passes in front of the sun, casting our region into shadow.

The Brockville Arts Centre will still host their live streaming of NASA’s coverage even if our local conditions are not ideal.



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