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Total Solar Eclipse in Montreal

Join us for a live viewing party for the total solar eclipse in Montreal!

On April 8th, 2024, you’ll have the unique opportunity to witness a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event: a total solar eclipse. The last time such an occurrence graced Montreal's skies was all the way back in 1932… and the next one will take place in over 180 years.

Montréal Science Centre, our neighbors when we set up our Big Top in the Old Port of Montreal, is hosting a viewing event open to everybody who wants to witness the astronomical phenomenon.

Against the scenic backdrop of the city's skyline, the Montréal Science Centre is a prime viewing spot for this rare event. We welcome everyone to join us in front of the Montréal Science Centre for a collective observation of the eclipse.

Special Features and Surprises

It’s no secret that we love the sun, and this fascinating happening called for a celestial celebration, in true Cirque du Soleil fashion! As official sponsors of the viewing event, we’re bringing acrobatic fun to the Montréal Science Centre.

Be mesmerized by the KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities artists we’re bringing with us and whose captivating presence will add an extra layer of enchantment to the day's events. Try and spot the artists in full costume and make up roaming around the area!

Ensure your safety and enhance your viewing pleasure with Quebec's largest solar viewing glasses, specially made for the occasion to make sure everyone has a safe and spectacular viewing experience.

In addition, we're thrilled to present an exclusive contest, offering you the chance to win one of three incredible prize packages, including:

  • A family package to see Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities
  • A family package to the Montréal Science Centre

Participating in the contest is straightforward: simply attend our Total Solar Eclipse event and be on the lookout for QR codes placed around the venue on April 8. 

An Astronomical Learning Opportunity

The Montréal Science Centre is fully equipped to host this magnificent gathering, complete with free eclipse viewing glasses and interactive scientific activities to make this day a unique and educative experience.

Dive into the mysteries of the eclipse with informative presentations, led by educators from the Montréal Science Centre. They'll guide you through the fascinating scientific aspects of this rare celestial event.

Official Event Schedule:

  • 1pm: Distribution of eclipse glasses begins.
  • 2pm: Livestreaming of the eclipse from elsewhere in the US and Canada begins.
  • 2pm to 4:30pm: Scientific activities.
  • 2:14pm: The eclipse begins.
  • 3:27pm: The big moment! The moment of totality begins and lasts about 90 seconds.
  • 4:36pm: End of the eclipse

Join us at the Montréal Science Centre for an unforgettable day filled with science, spectacle, and the chance to win extraordinary prizes!

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