Total Solar Eclipse

Total Eclipse of the Park

Mark your calendars for April 8, 2024! On this date, the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, casting an extraordinary shadow onto the planet below in a total solar eclipse. The 1000 Islands has the rare privilege of being located in what is called the path of totality! Visitors and residents in the Gananoque/Thousand Islands area will see a total solar eclipse from the BEST location in the region for viewing this once-in-a-lifetime event.  Although total solar eclipses occur somewhere on Earth every 18 months on average, they recur at any given place only once every 360 to 410 years.

The event will begin at roughly 2:10 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2024, with the total solar eclipse occurring at 3:22 p.m. for over three minutes before things finish up around 4:35 p.m.

What happens during such an eclipse? The temperature will drop about 5˚C, animals and insects will act as if it’s nightfall (think crickets chirping), the planets and stars will be visible, and you will witness the effect of a sunrise and sunset all in the span of about two hours. 

It’s very important to note that regular sunglasses will NOT prevent eye damage. Only glasses specially designed to view the solar eclipse should be used. Common sense still applies: NEVER look directly into the sun.

The Town of Gananoque will fall into darkness for three minutes and 39 seconds. To mark this momentous occasion, the Town of Gananoque will host “Total Eclipse of the Park” at Joel Stone Park on April 8, with other community events happening throughout the weekend prior.

While details of “Total Eclipse of the Park” continue to be finalized, we will continue to update the event information as well as other community events taking place and more here!