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Total Solar Eclipse 2024 Montreal: How to Watch, Time, Date & Eclipse Glasses

Everything you need to know about the total solar eclipse, including where to get your free limited edition solar eclipse glasses

Written by
Laura Osborne

Living in Montreal just got even better.

Home to one of the (recently ranked!) coolest streets in the world with an epically long list of amazing things to do, did you know that Montreal is also located in a prime spot for viewing the eclipse of the century?

The city is on the path of totality, so Montrealers will get to experience a rare total eclipse of the sun in a few weeks.

Time Out Tip: Free solar eclipse glasses are being distributed here across the city while quantities last. Check out the locations listed below for the library closest to you.

When is the 2024 total solar eclipse in Montreal?

The total solar eclipse is happening on April 8, 2024.

What time is the solar eclipse in Montreal?

Here is the timing for the total solar eclipse in Montreal:

Eclipse begins: 2:14 p.m.

Total solar eclipse: 3:27 p.m. 

Eclipse ends: 4:36 p.m.

How to watch the solar eclipse safely?

During an eclipse, the sun’s rays can permanently damage your eyes. Glasses are being offered free of charge in partnership with the Planetarium and the Université de Montréal and will allow you to enjoy the eclipse in complete safety. 

Time Out Tip: Check out our top 5 recommended spots to watch the eclipse in Montreal

Montreal is offering free eclipse glasses, here's where to get yours

Get ready for the solar eclipse by picking up one of the 57,500 pairs of eclipse glasses available while quantities last in 45 municipal libraries across Montreal.

Here are a list of locations:

Bibliothèque Belleville: 10400 Avenue de Belleville, Montréal-Nord

Bibliothèque Benny: 6400 Avenue de Monkland, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

Bibliothèque d'Ahuntsic: 10300 Rue Lajeunesse, Ahuntsic-Cartierville

Bibliothèque de Cartierville: 5900 Rue de Salaberry, Ahuntsic-Cartierville

Bibliothèque de Côte-des-Neiges: 5290 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

Bibliothèque de L'Île-Bizard: 500, montée de l'Église, L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève

Bibliothèque de L'Île-des-Sœurs: 260 Rue Elgar, Verdun

Bibliothèque de La Petite-Patrie: 6707 avenue De Lorimier, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie

Bibliothèque de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce: 3755 Rue Botrel, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

Bibliothèque de Parc-Extension: 421 Rue Saint-Roch, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension

Bibliothèque de Rivière-des-Prairies: 9001 Boulevard Perras, Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles

Bibliothèque de Rosemont: 3131 Boulevard Rosemont, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie

Bibliothèque de Saint-Léonard: 8420 Boulevard Lacordaire, Saint-Léonard

Bibliothèque de Saint-Michel: 7601 Rue François-Perrault, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension

Bibliothèque de Saint-Pierre: 183, rue des Érables, Lachine

Bibliothèque de Salaberry: 4170 Rue De Salaberry, Ahuntsic-Cartierville

Bibliothèque du Boisé: 2727 Boulevard Thimens, Saint-Laurent

Bibliothèque du Haut-Anjou: 7070 Rue Jarry Est, Anjou

Bibliothèque du Plateau-Mont-Royal: 465 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal

Bibliothèque du Vieux-Saint-Laurent: 1380, rue de l'Église, Saint-Laurent

Bibliothèque Frontenac: 2550 Rue Ontario Est, Ville-Marie

Bibliothèque Henri-Bourassa: 5400 Boulevard Henri-Bourassa Est, Montréal-Nord

Bibliothèque Hochelaga: 1870 Rue Davidson, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

Bibliothèque interculturelle: 6767 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

Bibliothèque Jacqueline-De Repentigny: 5955 Avenue Bannantyne, Verdun

Bibliothèque Jean-Corbeil: 7500 Avenue Goncourt, Anjou

Bibliothèque Julio-Jean-Pierre (MCC): 12002 Boulevard Rolland, Montréal-Nord

Bibliothèque L'Octogone: 1080 Avenue Dollard, LaSalle

Bibliothèque Langelier: 6473 Rue Sherbrooke Est, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

Bibliothèque Le Prévost: 7355 Avenue Christophe-Colomb, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension

Bibliothèque Maisonneuve: 4120 Rue Ontario Est, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

Bibliothèque Marc-Favreau: 500 Boulevard Rosemont, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie

Bibliothèque Marie-Uguay: 6052 Boulevard Monk, Le Sud-Ouest

Bibliothèque Mercier: 8105 Rue Hochelaga, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

Bibliothèque Mordecai-Richler: 5434 Avenue du Parc, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal

Bibliothèque Père-Ambroise: 2093 Rue de la Visitation, Ville-Marie

Bibliothèque Réjean-Ducharme: 2450 Rue Workman, Le Sud-Ouest

Bibliothèque Robert-Bourassa: 41 Avenue Saint-Just, Outremont

Bibliothèque Saint-Charles: 1050 Rue d'Hibernia, Le Sud-Ouest

Bibliothèque Saint-Henri: 4707 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Le Sud-Ouest

Bibliothèque Saul-Bellow: 3100, rue Saint-Antoine, Lachine

Bibliothèque Serge-Bouchard: 14001 Rue Notre-Dame Est, Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles

Bibliothèque Yves-Ryan: 4740 Rue de Charleroi, Montréal-Nord

Pierrefonds library: 13555 Boulevard de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds-Roxboro

William-G.-Boll Library: 110 Rue Cartier, Pierrefonds-Roxboro

What exactly is a solar eclipse?

During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun as it orbits the Earth. This results in the moon's shadow falling on the Earth, blocking sunlight. While some eclipses are partial, a total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun, causing darkness similar to nighttime with a full moon within the path of totality.

When is the next solar eclipse in Montreal?

The next partial eclipse visible from Montréal will be on March 29, 2025. The last total solar eclipse seen in Montréal was in 1932, and the next total solar eclipse is scheduled for 2205.

What does path of totality mean?

The track of the Moon's shadow across the Earth's surface is called the path of totality.

For more information about the free distribution of eclipse glasses in Montreal, click here.

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