‘Total Eclipse of the Park’ to happen in Gananoque April 8

Image via Town of Gananoque

The Town of Gananoque is preparing for the solar eclipse.

On April 8, the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, casting an extraordinary shadow onto the planet below in a total solar eclipse.

And 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 what is being considered 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 April 8, a Monday, with the total solar eclipse occurring at 3:22 p.m. for over three minutes before things finish up around 4:35 p.m.

The community of Gananoque is expected to see an influx of visitors for this event, and the Town has partnered with the local Business Improvement Area for events leading up to the April 8 event.

Town staff say some local businesses are expected to be preparing their storefronts, doing themed events around the eclipse.

As well, 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.

Details of “Total Eclipse of the Park” are continuing to be finalized.

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. The Town of Gananoque is expected to fall into darkness for three minutes and 39 seconds.

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. And common sense still applies – never look directly into the sun.

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