A rare celestial event that comes around only once every few decades will grace the skies across North America this month.

On August 21, 2017, the sun, moon and Earth will line up to produce a full solar eclipse that will follow a path from Oregon to South Carolina. Canadians to the north may not see an entirely obscured sun, but they will still be treated to partial eclipse, with some places having more coverage than others.

The luckiest Canadians are those in the west coast, who will have as much as 91% of coverage expected. Elsewhere in the country, the coverage ranges anywhere from 43% to 88%.

It's always recommended that viewers do not look at the sun directly, even if the sun is only partly eclipsed. Protective glasses should be worn by viewers to avoid injury to the eyes.

Happy watching!


Victoria, BC

  • 91% coverage
  • 9:09 am to 11:37 pm

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Vancouver, BC

  • 88% coverage
  • 9:10 am to 11:37 pm

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Whitehorse, YT

  • 58% coverage
  • 9:23 am to 11:24 pm

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Calgary, AB

  • 81% coverage
  • 10:20 am to 12:50 pm

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Edmonton, AB

  • 74% coverage
  • 10:24 am to 12:49 pm

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Saskatoon, SK

  • 76% coverage
  • 10:29 am to 1:00 pm

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Regina, SK

  • 79% coverage
  • 10:30 am to 1:04 pm

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Winnipeg, MB

  • 76% coverage
  • 11:40 am to 2:15 pm

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Thunder Bay, ON

  • 74% coverage
  • 12:52 pm to 3:28 pm

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Windsor, ON

  • 77% coverage
  • 1:03 pm to 3:47 pm

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London, ON

  • 79% coverage
  • 1:07 pm to 3:48 pm

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Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

  • 77% coverage
  • 1:08 pm to 3:49 pm

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Mississauga, ON

  • 77% coverage
  • 1:10 pm to 3:49 pm

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Toronto, ON

  • 76% coverage
  • 1:10 pm to 3:49 pm

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Kingston, ON

  • 72% coverage
  • 1:16 pm to 3:50 pm

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Ottawa, ON

  • 68% coverage
  • 1:17 pm to 3:48 pm

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Montreal, QC

  • 66% coverage
  • 1:21 pm to 3:50 pm

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Quebec City, QC

  • 61% coverage
  • 1:26 pm to 3:50 pm

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Saint John, NB

  • 59% coverage
  • 2:37 pm to 4:56 pm

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Halifax, NS

  • 58% coverage
  • 2:42 pm to 4:58 pm

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St. John's, NL

  • 43% coverage
  • 3:29 pm to 4:29 pm

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Source: To Do Canada

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Victoria

  • Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, 8:30 am to 11:30 am
  • University of Victoria, 9 am to 11 am

Vancouver

  • Science World, 9 am to 12 pm (online streaming from 10 am to 5 pm)
  • University of British Columbia, 9:30 am to 11:30 AM
  • UBC Astronomy Club, 9:10 am to 11:37 am at Robson Square
  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 8:45 am to 12:00 pm at Gordon Southam Observatory

Edmonton

  • Edmonton Centre's Observatory at TELUS World of Science

Calgary

  • TELUS Spark, 10 am to 1 pm (Make your own eclipse viewer workshop, BBQ)
  • University of Calgary, 10 am to 12:30 pm at Engineering Complex courtyard

Regina

  • Saskatchewan Science Centre, 10:30 am to 11:46 am at Kramer IMAX Theatre

Saskatoon

  • London Drugs at Preston Ave and 8 St. E (telescopes will be set up)

Winnipeg

  • Manitoba Museum, 11 am to 2 pm (eclipse glasses will be on sale)

Toronto

  • Ontario Science Centre (all-day program)
  • York University, 1 pm to 4 pm at Lions Stadium
  • University of Toronto, 10 am to 5 pm at Princess Margaret Stadium (CNE) 
  • Riverwood Conservancy in Mississauga, 1 pm to 3:30 pm
  • York Region Astronomy, 1 pm to 3:45 pm at Richmond Hill Public Library

Ottawa

  • Canadian Aviation and Space Museum (telescopes will be available)

Montreal

  • McGill University, 1 pm to 4 pm (telescopes will be available)

Saint John

  • Saint John Astronomy Club, 2:37 pm at Irving Nature Park and Rockwood Park Bark Park

Whitehorse

  • Shipyards Park

Source: CBC

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