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Safely experience the beauty and wonder of the solar eclipse in Mississauga

On April 8, a near total solar eclipse will occur across southern Ontario, with Mississauga experiencing an extended period of darkness from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Remember to prioritize safety and protect your eyesight if viewing the eclipse.

Entertainment and activities | March 26, 2024

Mississauga residents can look forward to a unique celestial event on Monday, April 8. A total solar eclipse will occur across southern Ontario. While Mississauga won’t witness a total solar eclipse, it will be in the path to see almost all of it – causing darkness for an extended period.

Total solar eclipse - where the sun is blacked out by the moon

The eclipse will begin at approximately 2:04 p.m. with the peak of the eclipse occurring at 3:19 p.m. for approximately 3 to 4 minutes, and ending at around 4:31 p.m.

It’s important to prioritize safety, especially when it comes to protecting our eyesight. In light of the upcoming solar eclipse, some school boards have declared a PA Day to ensure that students are not outdoors during the eclipse. Viewing a solar eclipse without appropriate eye protection can result in partial or complete loss of vision. So to the lead up to the eclipse, it’s a great opportunity to educate yourself on ways to safely experience this rare event with family and friends.

What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking all or part of the sun’s light. During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely covers the sun, and the sky becomes dark – making it seem like nighttime.

Safety tips to consider

Even though the eclipse will only last for a few hours, it’s best to be prepared. Safety should be your top priority. Remember to take the necessary precautions to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Looking directly at the sun without proper protection can lead to eye problems like a partial or complete loss of eyesight.

Person laying on the grass watching the total eclipse with eclipse glasses on

Remember these safety tips to safely enjoy viewing the eclipse.

  • Avoid looking at the sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars or any other device that does not have a solar filter. Instead, protect your eyes by wearing eclipse eyewear (not regular sunglasses). They should comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard. Inspect your eclipse glasses before using them to ensure they are not damaged – if they are, discard them.
  • If you’re using Mississauga roads during the eclipse, remember to be aware and stay alert to prevent collisions. The eclipse will darken the skies, which makes it harder to see on the roads. If you’re driving, be aware of the posted speed limit and watch for pedestrians and cyclists, especially when turning. If you’re walking or cycling, use designated crosswalks or crossrides where possible to help increase your visibility. Additionally, make sure your bike is equipped with proper lights and reflectors.
  • Remember that the eclipse will only last a few hours, so it’s best to be prepared beforehand. Bring enough water, snacks and any other essentials you may need, especially if you’re planning to spend an extended period outdoors. Consider bringing a chair or a blanket to sit on.
  • Check the weather conditions before heading outside. If you plan to stay outdoors for a while, remember to wear sunscreen, a hat and protective clothing to avoid sunburns.

Where to see the eclipse

If you choose to come to a public space, like a City park, arrive early to secure a viewing spot and avoid any last-minute rush.

Parking options will be limited, so it is important to plan ahead. If you plan to drive, please follow all parking by-laws and signage. This includes not parking in a way that blocks traffic, bike lanes, fire routes or designated bus lanes. Where possible, use alternate modes of transportation (e.g. walk, cycle or take MiWay).


If you plan to view the total solar eclipse, do so safely and responsibly. Plenty of resources are available so you can prepare and ensure your eclipse viewing experience is enjoyable, memorable and safe.

Purchase eclipse glasses

If you want to buy eclipse glasses in advance, while helping a local non-profit, you can visit Monarch Butterfly Eclipse. Consider donating to the Riverwood Conservancy.

Make a pinhole projector

Can’t find eclipse glasses? Consider making a pinhole projector. This is an easy and fun way to get children excited about the eclipse. Just make sure to supervise children using these projectors to make sure they are using them correctly. The Canadian Space Agency has instructions on how to make your own box pinhole projector to view the eclipse.

Make astronomy a hobby

If you’re interested in astronomy and live in the Mississauga area, consider checking out the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Mississauga Centre to connect with fellow enthusiasts and learn more about the universe. The Mississauga Centre is a community of astronomy enthusiasts who come together to share their passion for the night sky through regular meetings, observing sessions and educational events. They also provide opportunities for the public to learn about astronomy and stargazing through outreach programs and public observing sessions.

Learn more about astronomy

Why not explore the fascinating world of astronomy by visiting the Mississauga Library? You can learn more about eclipses and various constellations and planets visible in the night sky. Discover the workings of telescopes and how to use them for stargazing. Armed with this newfound knowledge, you can venture outside and marvel at the splendour of the sky, day or night!

Be sure to check out some of the eclipse-related programs:

Eclipse-themed family storytime Churchill Meadows Library April 6 at 11:30    a.m. Drop-in
Eclipse-themed toddler and family storytime Burnhamthorpe Library

April 2 at 10 a.m.

April 3 at 6 p.m.

Eclipse-themed family storytime Meadowvale Library April 2 at 6:30 p.m. Drop-in
Stories & Crafts – Eclipse Meadowvale Library April 6 at 3 p.m. Drop-in
PA Day drop-in – Eclipse-themed Courtneypark Library April 8 at 2 p.m. Drop-in
LEGO Eclipse-themed Courtneypark Library April 8 at 6:30 p.m. Drop-in
PA Day drop-in – Eclipse-themed Malton Library April 8 at 11 a.m. Drop-in
Eclipse-themed family storytime Erin Meadows Library April 2 at 7 p.m. Drop-in
Star-themed baby storytime Clarkson Library April 4 at 11 a.m. Drop-in
Eclipse-themed family storytime Clarkson Library April 5 at 11 a.m. Drop-in
Eclipse-themed family storytime Lorne Park Library April 2 at 4 p.m. Drop-in
PA Day drop-in – Eclipse-themed Lorne Park Library April 8 at 10:30 a.m. Drop-in
Eclipse-themed family storytime Sheridan Library April 8 at 10 a.m. Drop-in
PA Day drop-in – Space-themed Sheridan Library April 8 at 2 p.m. Drop-in

So, whether you’re planning to witness the solar eclipse from the comfort of your own backyard or by visiting one of the City’s local parks, enjoy the unique and awe-inspiring experience of the total solar eclipse right here at home in Mississauga! Remember to enjoy the eclipse safely. Take the necessary precautions to protect your eyesight and stay safe during this exciting event!


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