Solar Eclipse 2024

Solar Eclipse
Astronomers and sky gazers are bracing for the astronomic event of a lifetime

On Monday, April 8, 2024, the Moon will move between the Earth and the Sun causing a solar eclipse to take place. The sun’s disk will be partially or fully obscured from sight by the moon, rendering the day into momentary darkness.

According to NASA, Niagara will be one of the best places in Canada to view the eclipse which is expected to start at 2:04 p.m. and last for about two and a half hours. The sun will be fully eclipsed at approximately 3:20 to 3:23 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

 Emergency Preparedness

Since Niagara has been named one of the best locations to view this natural phenomenon, we are expecting thousands of tourists to visit the area. The City of Thorold is working closely with neighbouring municipalities and the Niagara Region in planning emergency management strategies for our community. Our top priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and travellers alike. Our emergency response teams are planning for potential contingencies for roadway management with an aim toward minimizing risks in Thorold. 

Tips to Prepare
  • Expect crowds, prolonged waits and traffic.
  • Have snacks, water, entertainment, and first-aid supplies on hand.
  • Fill up your gas tank, get groceries and run errands before the eclipse
  • Buy eclipse glasses in advance
  • Check travel conditions and road closures on Ontario 511
  • Plan for child care on April 8 as most schools will be closed
  • Make sure children know how to view the eclipse safely
  • Have an emergency kit and preparedness plan for potential disruptions
  • Call 211 or check our website and social media for service changes, closures and more
Solar Eclipse Events

If you want to participate in a solar eclipse event within the Niagara Region, visit these links below:


St. Catharines

Niagara Falls

Port Colborne

Fort Erie


Watching the eclipse

To avoid damaging your retinas when viewing the solar eclipse:
  • Do not view the eclipse at all or use a proper method of blocking the sun's dangerous rays while viewing
  • Use a filter that blocks all dangerous light. To do this, you must use ISO-certified eclipse glasses from a reputable vendor that meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. The manufacturer's name and address must be printed on the product.
  • Do not use any viewer if it has scratched or wrinkled lenses


WARNING! It is dangerous to look at a solar eclipse without adequate safety measures or eye protection. The City of Thorold does not have solar eclipse glasses available for the public. For a list of reputable dealers for eyewear, please visit the Niagara Region's website at the button below. 

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