Vibe to 150 years with us!

Total solar eclipse

Things to do at the Parc

In certain sectors of Montréal, on April 8, 2024, the Moon will completely hide the Sun for a period of up to two minutes, depending on the specific area you are in. This is a total solar eclipse.

Observing this rare and remarkable phenomenon will be especially magnificent at Parc Jean-Drapeau because it provides an ideal eclipse-watching area, with many uninterrupted vantage points toward the Sun, in a charming decor.

Experts from the Planetarium and Espace pour la vie will be on hand to enlighten curious onlookers and hand out 150,000 glasses for safe viewing of the eclipse.

It's a rare opportunity to personally witness a total solar eclipse right here in Montréal because the next one in our city doesn't occur until 2205!

Don't miss this much-anticipated meeting of the Moon and the Sun!

Program

A musical and animated program has been designed in keeping with the lofty standards of this unique event.

Program available soon

Schedule

Apreil 8, 2024

Eclipse begins 2:14 p.m.
Total solar eclipse 3:26 p.m.
A diversified program 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free glasses distributed on April 8, at the metro exit.

Rates

Free

Explanation of a solar eclipse

Alignment of the Sun, Moon, and Earth

A solar eclipse only happens during a new moon, when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, casting its shadow on Earth which either fully or partially blocks the Sun's light in some areas. For earthlings located in the umbral shadow, the Moon completely obscures the Sun, darkening the sky and leaving only the corona of the Sun to be seen. This is a total solar eclipse, a rare and magnificent event.

Since the orbit of the Moon is tilted with respect to the plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, not all new moons produce an eclipse. There are very few times when there is a perfect alignment of the three and where the Sun's shadow is cast on the surface of the Earth. The rest of the time, it gets lost in the universe.

Path of totality

During the eclipse, the Moon advances on its orbit while the Earth continues to rotate on its axis: the Moon's shadow is cast onto the Earth's surface and traces out what is called the path of totality. The path of totality of the eclipse occurring on April 8, 2024 will be more than 14,000 kilometres long but only about 200 wide. Only those areas located in the path of totality will be crossed by the Sun's umbral shadow and will be able to see the total eclipse.

People on either side of the path of totality will see a partial eclipse of the Sun. The Sun will never be completely blocked out by the Moon, and a bright section will remain visible.

The Parc Jean-Drapeau is located inside the path of totality, a bit more than 7 kilometres from its northern edge. Among Montréal's biggest gathering spots, it is the most deeply set in the path of totality; the duration of the total eclipse will reach 1 minute, 26 seconds (compared to just 31 seconds at Parc Jarry, or 27 seconds at Parc Maisonneuve, for example).

Weather

Obviously, the phenomenon is more impressive when it's a sunny day, with a clear blue sky allowing an unobstructed view of the eclipsed Sun. The impressive thing under cloudy or overcast skies is the onset of darkness.

A three-stage eclipse

A total solar eclipse occurs in three stages, with two series of partial phases that precede and follow the so-called total phase of the eclipse.

Partial phases

Special glasses must be worn

The Moon gradually moves in front of the Sun and increasingly hides it. The ambient light decreases, and the Sun takes the shape of an increasingly thin crescent.

At the Parc: 2:14:36 p.m. to 3:26:53 p.m. (EDT)

Total eclipse

No need for eclipse glasses

The people located in the path of totality will see the Sun completely disappear behind the Moon. The sky darkens, like it does at twilight, with 360-degree sunset colours on the horizon; the brightest stars and planets appear.

At this time, only the Sun's corona will be visible around the dark silhouette of the Moon. This is the most spectacular moment of the eclipse.

At the Parc: 3:26:53 to 3:28:19 p.m., the eclipse will be at its peak at 3:27:36 p.m. (EDT)


When the eclipse is total, you need to remove the observation glasses to be able to see the phenomenon. Looking at the solar corona with the naked eye is not dangerous, and it's even recommended because this is the highlight of the show. As soon as totality ends and the bright surface of the Sun reappears, the eclipse glasses must be put back on to continue watching the phenomenon.

Partial phases

Special glasses must be worn

When totality ends, the Moon gradually uncovers the Sun, hiding it less and less. Ambient light increases, the Sun takes the shape of an increasingly larger crescent, until it goes back to its original shape.

At the Parc: 3:28:19 p.m. to 4:36:54 p.m. (EDT)

Safely watch the solar eclipse

You should never look directly at the Sun with the eye alone or through an optical instrument without specific protection. To watch the Sun during the partial phases of the eclipse, safe observing methods must be used.


Eclipse glasses

These special glasses have an almost completely opaque filter that allows you to look at the Sun for a few minutes at atime.

The filter must meet the ISO 12312-2 standard and be intact (no holes, scratches, cracks or peeling is allowed).

Regular sunglasses are not opaque enough to provide protection and they potentially allow invisible but dangerous wavelengths to get through to the eye.

Photo devices, telescopes and binoculars

Because they capture and concentrate intense sunlight, optical devices increase the danger when used to observe the Sun. You should never look directly at the Sun with an optical device unless it's fitted with filters that are specially designed for solar observation.

Indirect viewing methods

Building a Sun-watching box enables you to study the Sun by projection. It's a simple, low-cost way of following the evolution of the partial phases of the eclipse in a safe manner.

You can also do it without a box and instead poke a series of pinholes on a thin cardboard in such a way that you are tracing letters or a drawing: projected onto to a plain surface, the images of the eclipsed Sun will sketch out the shape or design you've made.

Learn more

To obtain more details regarding the activity, available services or for any request for information, do not hesitate to contact our staff.

150 ans du Parc

This year, Parc Jean-Drapeau is celebrating 150 years of spectacularly human history!

To celebrate this historic moment, the Parc is getting ready to unfurl a festive and diverse program to reflect our rich, exciting history. To everyone's delight, a series of special events and activities will be offered throughout the year, all in an unparalleled setting!

Mobility

STM Tip

Buy your round-trip fare in advance to avoid waiting in line at the Jean-Drapeau subway station, extend the experience and get home safely.

The Parc Jean-Drapeau is located in fare zone A. You can get different tickets at all points of sale.


Getting to Espace 67

To make it easier to get around, here is the exact location of the Espace 67 at Parc Jean-Drapeau posted on Google Maps.

Subway Station

The Jean-Drapeau subway station is located on Île Sainte-Hélène, in the heart of Parc Jean-Drapeau. To get to the Parc easily and quickly, the subway is still the best way to go!

River shuttle

During the summer season, Parc Jean-Drapeau visitors can use the river shuttle as a means of transportation, from the Vieux-Port de Montréal (Jacques-Cartier pier) and the city of Longueuil.

Users can also bring along their bikes and they have access to a network of cycling paths at each stop.

STM shuttle

Three STM shuttles provide a connection between the Jean-Drapeau subway station and various attractions:

  • 767 (summer season only)
  • 768 (summer season only)
  • 777 (every day of the year)
    • Jean-Drapeau Subway Station
    • Casino de Montréal
    • Since June 19, 2023, the 777 bus line is extended to downtown Montreal.

To find out about STM shuttle routes and schedules, click here.

Bike

The Parc is one of the few places where you can cross the Saint Lawrence River on your bike: simply take the bike paths of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Concorde Bridge or the Bike link.

Walking

People can enjoy many of the cycling paths to get to or pass through the Parc Jean-Drapeau, either running or walking.

With more than 25 kilometres of trails and pathways, the Parc is a pleasant spot for hiking, all year round.

Parking

Motorists can get to Parc Jean-Drapeau by taking the Jacques Cartier Bridge or the Concorde Bridge.

Nearby parking areas: P9, P10, P11

Taxibus service

You can reserve a taxi for your travels at the Parc by using a valid STM transport fare.

Schedule

September 3 to June 23
Monday to Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • The service is not offered on statutory holidays

Find out more about how it works and the STM transport fare accepted in taxibus service.

  • Subway
    Station
  • STM
    shuttle
  • River
    shuttle
  • Bike
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Taxibus
    service