2024 Solar Eclipse in Niagara Falls
Join Niagara Parks on an extraordinary cosmic journey with our exclusive lineup of events leading up to the highly anticipated solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, happening directly over the iconic Niagara Falls.
Below you’ll find information about our upcoming programming and listing of designated viewing areas. Don’t miss your chance to be part of history!
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Niagara Parks Power Station + Tunnel
Astronomy in Action | Friday, April 5 – Monday, April 8
At the Niagara Parks Power Station, Astronomy in Action will be bringing their mobile planetarium and educators that will encourage learning about the solar system and the significance of the solar eclipse. Niagara Parks’ newest attraction will also be the host site for a number of interactive talks and Q&A sessions with NASA and CSA scientists*, as well as a guest speaker that explores the solar eclipse and themes of astronomy from an Indigenous perspective.
*Online registration is required as space is limited. Subscribe below to get notified when registration opens for each session.
Table Rock Centre
Mad Science for Kids | Saturday, April 6 – Monday, April 8
One of the top viewing spots for the eclipse, Table Rock Centre will be a one-stop shop for families throughout the weekend of April 6 – 8, hosting free Mad Science programming for kids, while also offering guests access to Niagara Parks’ top attraction Journey Behind the Falls, a variety of culinary options and great shopping. Mad Science will be onsite at Table Rock Centre with their FunStations and Exploration Stations from Saturday through Monday, inviting kids of all ages to take part in fun and interactive workshops and activities.
Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
STEM with Scixchange | Saturday, April 6 – Monday, April 8
Traveling north on the Niagara Parkway, the Butterfly Conservatory will be another key site hosting special programming and activities for guests over the weekend. Niagara Parks is partnering with Toronto Metropolitan University to bring their award-winning SciXchange program to the Butterfly Conservatory, providing hands-on activities related to STEM learning. On Monday, April 8, an astronomer from Toronto Metropolitan University will be onsite at the attraction engaging with guests to learn more about the significance of the solar eclipse.
Old Fort Erie
Q&A with NASA and CSA Scientists | Friday, April 5 – Monday, April 8
In the south, Niagara Parks’ Old Fort Erie will be open and accessible to guests on the day of the eclipse, as well as a host site for engaging talks and Q&A sessions with NASA and CSA scientists.
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What is a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon aligns perfectly between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow that momentarily obscures the Sun’s brilliance.
Beginning at 2:04 p.m. on April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will transform Niagara Falls into a mesmerizing display of shadows and light as the moon covers the sun, briefly turning the day into night. The sun is expected to be fully eclipsed at approximately 3:20 to 3:23 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).
Niagara Falls (Ontario and New York), as well as Fort Erie and Buffalo, New York, are located directly in the path of totality to experience a full solar eclipse, a celestial event that has not been visible from Ontario since the 1970s and will not be visible again in Niagara Falls until 2144. This means that this area will experience the longest period of time where the moon will completely eclipse the sun resulting in total darkness, making the destination a prime viewing spot.
While this once-in-a-generation event promises breathtaking views, it’s crucial to protect your eyes from the intense sunlight. Niagara Parks recommends using certified solar viewing glasses or solar filters to safeguard your vision while observing the eclipse. Niagara Parks will have complimentary viewing glasses and filters available at its programming sites for guests visiting on Monday, April 8 (while supplies last). These specially designed glasses ensure that you can enjoy the mesmerizing spectacle safely, allowing you to witness the cosmic alignment without compromising your eye health.
Remember to prioritize eye safety as you immerse yourself in the wonders of the 2024 solar eclipse!
Warning: Looking directly at the during an eclipse without designated viewing glasses (ISO 12312-2 international standard) can cause serious damage such as partial or complete loss of eyesight. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient!
Plan your weekend or day trip to Niagara Falls to view the solar eclipse with GO Transit ! The GO Niagara Train Service includes combo packages that bundle both the GO Train and WEGO Niagara Parks bus service. Kids 12 and under ride free on GO Transit, which means a child ticket for the GO Niagara Train Service package is even more affordable!
Or beat the rush and ensure an unforgettable experience by booking your hotel stay in advance using our Places to Stay page.
Elevate your eclipse experience with thoughtful planning, and let Niagara Falls be the backdrop to your celestial experience!