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Top 5 spots to watch the solar eclipse of the century in Montreal

From a gigantic free viewing party in one of the city’s largest parks to a family-friendly affair hosted by the Cirque du Soleil, we've rounded up the best spots to watch the eclipse.

Written by
Laura Osborne

Montreal: where will you be watching the eclipse of the century?

Eclipse-watchers are rejoicing as the city of Montreal is on the path of totality (we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the 2024 total solar eclipse here), and we are counting down the days before experiencing the rare event.

(Don't forget to get your free solar eclipse glasses here.)

But where are the best places to watch it?

Parks, open fields and elevated viewpoints are the way to go as far as optimal locations. From a giant, free viewing party-in-a-park to an opportunity to hear from on-site experts, we’ve rounded up the top 5 spots for eclipse-watching in Montreal on April 8, 2024.

1. Parc Jean-Drapeau

Observe the meeting of the Moon and the Sun in one of our favourite parks with uninterrupted vantage points at this free event organized by the Planetarium and Espace pour la vie. 150,000 pairs of eclipse glasses will be distributed, and visitors can enjoy artistic creations, scientific kiosks, and various activities throughout the day—food trucks included.

Parc Jean-Drapeau et centre-ville de Montréal
Photograph: Jean-François Savaria - Tourisme Montréal

2. McGill University

Taking place on the lower field of the downtown campus from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., this viewing party will feature hands-on activities and demonstrations organized by the Trottier Space Institute and the university’s physics department. Free eclipse glasses will be provided.

Tourisme Québec, Cécile Benoit
Photograph: Avenue McGill College | Tourisme Québec, Cécile Benoit

3. Montreal Science Centre

Kicking off at 1 p.m., the Science Centre in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil will distribute 20,000 free pairs of eclipse glasses. Educators will also be on-site to explain the science behind eclipses, with live streams also available. Don’t miss the special activities and exclusive contests.

Montréal Science Centre
Photograph: Courtesy Montréal Science Centre

4. Mount Royal Park

While Mount Royal is in the path of totality, viewers must bring their own eclipse glasses to enjoy the spectacle. The elevated location provides a clear sightline, making it the perfect viewing spot.

Mount Royal Park
Photograph: @jfsavaria | Tourisme Montréal

5. Bishop’s University 

Up for a day trip? Head to Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, where the university will host an eclipse-viewing event for staff, students, faculty, and visitors. Visitor registration is required and eclipse glasses will be provided.

Time Out Tip: Make sure to check the weather beforehand as clear skies are needed to get an eyeful of the eclipse.

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